Committees and Special Projects

There are a number of committees and special projects that you can join.

Solidarity Committee

The Solidarity Committee is a place where rank and file union members, organizers, and leaders meet to discuss current labor campaigns and plan ways to support workers across Massachusetts. We collaborate with unions on organizing and collective bargaining campaigns to build support for working people.

Find out more about the Solidarity Committee and how to get involved.

Immigrant Rights Committee

The Immigrant Workers’ Rights Committee is made up of labor, community and student activists who organize to support local and national fights by immigrant workers and advocates. We work with local immigrant rights groups to further their work for a just and sustainable immigration system, and with local worker centers and unions to support the fight for justice in the workplace for all working people. Our committee comes up with strategies that connect the issues that face immigrant workers to the overall impact of corporate globalization.

Find out more about the Immigrant Rights Committee and how to get involved.

Global Justice Committee

The Global Justice Committee brings together labor, community and student activists to fight for worker justice across the globe. We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters from Colombia to France to El Salvador, wherever workers and communities are standing up for justice. We oppose “free trade” agreements, like NAFTA andCAFTA, which protect corporate profits at the expense of workers and fail to uphold environmental and human rights standards. We seek to educate our local communities about campaigns taking place outside of our country and how they impact our jobs and our communities.

Find out more about the Global Justice Committee and how to get involved.

Education Committee

The Education Committee works to develop materials and plan events that we can use to educate our members and supporters on different topics and issues within our movement. We support our members and allies in building and refining a shared narrative and ideology that we can use to effectively frame our struggles and build coherence and solidarity within the progressive movement.

Find out more about the Education Committee and how to get involved.

Interfaith Worker Justice Committee

Massachusetts Interfaith Worker Justice is a committee of Jobs with Justice that unites faith leaders, lay people and congregations to support workers in their struggles.

Founded in 1997, the Massachusetts Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice calls upon our religious values in order to educate, organize and mobilize the religious community in Massachusetts on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and working conditions for all low-wage workers. We focus especially on giving black, Latino, and immigrant workers a voice in the workplace, protecting their civil and human rights as workers, and strengthening the communities where they live. We are the Massachusetts affiliate of national Interfaith Worker Justice network. For more information on IWJ, visit the national website: www.iwj.org.

Massachusetts Interfaith Worker Justice partners closely with leaders in the labor movement as well as labor-friendly community organizations. We welcome people of good will from every faith tradition who are committed to proclaiming the dignity of every working person and securing the well-being of all working people.

Find out more about the Interfaith Worker Justice Committee and how to get involved.

Student Labor Action Project (SLAP)

The Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) is a network of Massachusetts students from universities in the state who are committed to maintaining and improving workers’ rights both on their campuses and in the community. SLAP connects students on different campuses across the state so that they can support one another in their struggles.

Find out more about SLAP and how to get involved.

Scholars for Social Justice

Scholars for Social Justice is an alliance of higher education faculty members committed to returning economic and social justice to our universities and our society. Members of this project seek to add their voices to the growing movement against the corporate take-over of higher education and of society generally. They advocate for the rights of the students, workers and faculty on our campuses, in our communities, and around the world.

If you are an academic who would like to join this project, contact Gillian Mason at gillian@massjwj.net.

Massachusetts Workers’ Rights Board

In response to the continued weakening of U.S. labor laws and the agencies charged to enforce them, a panel of leaders from community organizations, faith groups, and universities were organized as the Massachusetts Workers’ Rights Board.

The Board’s role is to investigate alleged violations of workers’ rights and to attempt to bring justice to the workplace. The Board conducts hearings that present testimony from workers, management, and other witnesses in order to determine possible solutions to the cases it takes on. The Board serves as the conscience of the community.

Find out more about the Massachusetts Workers’ Rights Board.

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