South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice (SFIWJ) was formed in 1998, comprised of clergy, lay leaders, and labor union representation. Our active supporters span Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, and include clergy and lay leaders, congregants, congregations, and judicatories. SFIWJ is currently one of over sixty-five affiliates in the national Interfaith Worker Justice network, which was founded in 1991.
SFIWJ began with a vision of the “faith community serving as a prophetic voice and spiritual advocate that is aware of the plight of workers, especially low-wage workers, and those victimized by social injustice.” We continue to be at the forefront of labor struggles in areas such as wage and benefit improvements and workplace safety measures, and are ardent believers in a right-to-dignity approach for all workers.
We have produced workers' rights literature and launched a Workers’ Rights Initiative to protect the legal rights and benefits of low-wage workers, many of whom are undocumented immigrants. This early Initiative was later folded into the development of the Wage Theft Task Force.
We also educate and involve our communities in the support of workers’ rights and promoting access to fair employment. SFIWJ supports a worker’s entitlement to collectively organize in the workplace as a means to self-sufficiency, but also recognizes that workers can (and have) successfully organized without union representation. More importantly, all workers deserve to be treated with dignity.