There are many workers in all our congregations who need our special support and prayers. You might also want to lift up the following workers are facing especially difficult times on this Labor Sunday.
Tens of millions are unemployed or working too few hours, and nearly half have been jobless for six months or more. Their savings are exhausted; their hope turns to despair. There are over four job seekers for each job opening. Some employers will not hire anyone who has been out of work for more than a few weeks. These workers need our prayers, support, and advocacy to push Congress to create jobs.
Immigrants typically come to the United States to escape poverty and oppression in their home countries. Once they arrive, they are more likely than other workers to face hardships in the workplace, especially if they lack documents, including low wages, even below legally-required levels, and an increased risk of hazardous working conditions. Moreover if immigrant workers complain, their employers my call, or threaten to call, immigration authorities. Immigrants contribute to our society and to the economy but face growing hostility. They need our prayers and support. More information.
Workers at Wal-Mart are coming together to seek respect and dignity in their workplace. Organization United for Respect at Wal-Mart (OUR Wal-Mart) is a group of Wal-Mart “associates” who are seeking change at the world’s largest retailer. More information on OUR Wal-Mart
Endorse the OUR Wal-Mart effort
Unsafe Work Conditions
Too many workers cannot even take safety on the job for granted. In many industries, worker safety is jeopardized. More info.
Ways to engage for the longer term