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All You That LaborReligion and Ethics in the Living Wage Movement$
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C. Melissa Snarr

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814741122

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814741122.001.0001

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“Come, Walk with Us, the Journey Is Long”

(p.140) 6 Conclusion
All You That Labor

C. Melissa Snarr

NYU Press

This concluding chapter contemplates on the next stages of the living wage movement. The movement is best seen as a gateway to other worker justice struggles such as raising state and federal minimum wages, developing and enforcing anti-wage theft laws, fair treatment of undocumented workers, and negotiating community benefit agreements. As with previous campaigns, religious activists not only aim to enact concrete policies, but also build the moral agency of low-wage workers and their allies in order to alter the landscape of the political economy. As the movement enters new stages, the chapter reviews the lessons and challenges the movement's work has presented so far. Strong economic political agency for the working poor and their religious allies entails not only making good moral arguments, but also parallel work in bridge building, alternative political development, gendered leadership, and ritual renewal.

Keywords:   living wage movement, worker justice struggles, minimum wages, anti-wage theft laws, religious activists, moral agency, political agency

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