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Helene Slessarev-Jamir

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814741238

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814741238.001.0001

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Religious Organizing for Worker Justice

Religious Organizing for Worker Justice

(p.97) 4 Religious Organizing for Worker Justice
Prophetic Activism

Helene Slessarev-Jamir

NYU Press

This chapter examines the decline of the American labor movement and the barriers to successful organizing created by the dismantling of the federal labor regulations. It then focuses on the work of two major religious worker-justice organizations, Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) and Clergy and Laity Concerned for Economic Justice (CLUE), both of which were constituted as interreligious organizations. Both act as moral voices in the midst of an increasingly difficult union-organizing climate and also function as bridges between borderlands and cosmopolitan social locations. In recent years, the IWJ has created a number of worker-justice centers, which embody the institutional hybridity common among borderlands organizations. Meanwhile, the CLUE recently initiated a series of dialogues between African American and Latino clergy and is successfully recruiting evangelical clergy to support worker justice.

Keywords:   American labor movement, federal labor regulations, Interfaith Worker Justice, Clergy and Laity Concerned for Economic Justice, religious worker-justice organizations, worker justice

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