CFL News
September 07, 2017

Labor in the Pulpit/on the Bimah/in the Minbar

Over Labor Day weekend the Chicago Federation of Labor, in partnership with Arise Chicago, organized its annual Labor in the Pulpit/on the Bimah/in the Minbar program.

Labor in the Pulpit/on the Bimah/in the Minbar

Over Labor Day weekend the Chicago Federation of Labor, in partnership with Arise Chicago, organized its annual Labor in the Pulpit/on the Bimah/in the Minbar program. Through the program, union members and leaders brought a message about the shared connection between the values of the labor movement and the values of religion to places of worship across Chicagoland. Each speaker addressed the congregation for about five minutes on the meaning of Labor Day and how they personally view their connection of faith and work.

This year, the Chicago Federation of Labor recruited volunteers from over 25 local unions and labor organizations to speak at 115 services throughout the city and surrounding suburbs. They spoke to thousands of followers about the issues facing workers today, including attacks on collective bargaining and the right to organize, and the plight of many low-wage workers. They focused on the car wash industry, where workers are regularly underpaid, frequently struggle with wage theft and are often immigrants. The speakers then offered ways the CFL and Arise Chicago are working to fight against these issues and encouraged members of the faith community to join the fight for workers’ rights.

Labor in the Pulpits was started in 1995 by the Chicago Federation of Labor and the Chicago Interfaith Committee on Worker Issues as a way to connect the labor movement to the faith community. Following the success of the pilot program, 20 other central labor bodies began programs within their own communities the following year. Today, it is a national program, happening in places of worship all across the county.

The CFL thanks everyone who volunteered to participate this year, as well as the many unions who encouraged their members and staff to volunteer. 

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