Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III, Chair of SDPC represented the voice of the faith community in support of low-wage workers at the official launch of Good Jobs Nation – a new labor justice organization of low wage workers fighting for their rights to fair wages.
Workers and Dr. Haynes were joined by members of Congress, community leaders, other faith leaders and local elected officials in Washington DC on May 8th at the release of major findings from the labor study completed by the public policy organization, DEMOS. The DEMOS study identifies the extent to which low wage workers are being trapped in a system of unfair employment practices. Surprisingly, the study found that the number of federal government contracting workers exceeded the numbers of low-wage workers employed by Wal-Mart and McDonald’s combined.
“We know that growing inequality and these larger, dead end jobs are a national problem,” said Amy Traub, a senior policy analyst at DEMOS who authored the report. “Most Americans would be surprised to learn that so many of the people working on behalf of America are really poorly paid and aren’t really earning enough to support a family.” Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and Representative Keith Ellison sent a message to their fellow congresspersons and President Obama to support the workers.
Dr. Haynes called for the faith community to stand with workers and advocate on their behalf. “This is about justice and fairness.” As the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is celebrated, Dr. Haynes and SDPC are planning a multi-city tour honoring veteran activists of the March and also co-hosting passing of the torch “teach-ins” and events to engage young people. “It was about jobs and freedom in 1963 and it is still about jobs and freedom in 2013,” says Pastor Haynes.
Please join the SDPC, the Change to Win organization and other partners from labor, along with other justice organizations, as we, together, stay on the wall for justice.