The Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice (ICWJ) of San Diego County is a membership organization, established in 1998, to bring the power and energy of the faith community’s moral authority to local struggles for worker justice. ICWJ represents clergy, synagogues, churches, mosques, faith and justice organizations, and many people of faith in the San Diego region who feel called by their respective religious traditions to work for justice and stand up for the poor and marginalized.
Men and women have a basic right to productive lives, including compensated employment. Part of compensated employment is the right to just and living wages and other benefits to sustain a life with dignity. Included in the benefits are adequate health care, security for old age or disability, unemployment compensation, healthful and safe working conditions, weekly and daily rest, family leave, periodic holidays for recreation and leisure, and reasonable security against abuse, harassment, and arbitrary dismissal. These provisions are all essential if workers are to be treated as persons of dignity rather than as mere “factors of production.”
Drawing upon the unique resources of religious traditions, the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice (ICWJ) of San Diego County provides a moral framework toward realizing an economy of well-being. The mission of the ICWJ is to educate and mobilize religious and faith communities to raise awareness and support actions that sustain workers’ lives with dignity, improving wages, benefits, access to quality healthcare, working conditions and a voice on the job.