PC(USA) Priority on Fair Wages

Campaign for Fair Wages

The Presbyterian Hunger Program, Presbyterian Women and the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness are joining with congregations, interfaith partners, the Alliance for Fair Food, Interfaith Worker Justice and ROC-United to advance justice in the fields and poverty reduction for all workers through fair wages.

People of faith call for justice in the fields &
living wages to end hunger!

  1. Tell Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program bit.ly/pcusa-fairfood
  2. Advocate to raise the minimum wage bit.ly/raise-wage
  3. End wage theft www.wagetheft.org
  4. Become a Worker Justice Congregation bit.ly/justice-church
  5. Organize to protect workers’ rights

Download the PDF flyer to share with your congregation and others.

More information on the 5 Actions:

farmworker carrying tomatoes in immokalee

1) Call on Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program
Wendy’s is the only one of the largest five fast-food companies that hasn’t joined the Coalition of Immokalee’s Fair Food Program. Instead, they’ve created their own code, which contains no way for workers to voice complaints of abuses and it lacks enforceability. You can deliver a manager’s letter to a nearby Wendy’s, call Wendy’s headquarters, collect and deliver postcards to Wendy’s, or use this toolkit to organize a creative action.   See pcusa.org/fairfood for details.

2) Advocate for Minimum and Living Wages
Raising the wages of workers is the best way to end hunger and reduce poverty. Widespread calls for fair wages have spread across the country, from town squares to the nation’s capital. Learn about and advocate for the national Raise the Wage Act on the PC(USA) Washington site. Find out about local wages and current local campaigns, state wages and campaigns and $15 minimum wage laws and campaigns.

3) End Wage Theft
Theft of workers’ wages is an all-to-common practice even in the United States. Read workers stories, sign the wage theft petition to Macy’s, preach andcelebrate workers on Labor Day Sunday, and plan an event for National Wage Theft Day in November (watch the video from 2015.)

4) Become a Worker Justice Congregation
Fight to end poverty by committing to work for justice and dignity for workers.  Become a Worker Justice Congregation of Interfaith Worker Justice, our long-time partner.  Pray for and honor workers, support ethical businesses, strive to be an ethical contractor, and give time and resources.

5) Organize to Protect Worker Rights

Work with a nearby Jobs with Justice, workers’ center, or labor justice group. If none, start your own group to monitor labor violations reported by workers, and to advocate for justice with legal help or public pressure.

Contact Andrew Kang-Bartlett at Andrew.KangBartlett@pcusa.org for more information.