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Celebrating the Worker

Celebrating the Worker
Joni Lincoln of the Upper New York Conference joins other United Methodist Women in a rally for a fair living wage during Assembly 2018.

With Labor Day signaling the end of summer, now is a fitting time to reflect on United Methodist Women’s continuing involvement with workers’ rights and fair labor. Since its beginnings, United Methodist Women has always been an advocate for workers.

In the 1940s, the Woman’s Division, the precursor of United Methodist Women, took a firm, public stand on the nation’s policies around various issues, including racial justice, voting rights and labor laws. It issued the following statement: “We affirm our interest in the economic rights of workers ... We believe that the principle of equal pay for equal work, irrespective of race, creed, nationality or sex, and protection of women and children through existing legislation should be maintained. “

United Methodist Women went on to fight for union rights and the farm security program, it supported the extension of Social Security coverage to domestic and agricultural workers, and much more.

Putting faith, hope and love into action, United Methodist Women has always supported those who need help. We continue the fight for fair labor practices and support the rights of workers to this day. Our Living Wage for All Campaign engages members to help pass legislation for a living wage for all workers. Among many other issues, we advocate for paid family and medical leave, support farm workers, and have joined the new Poor People’s Campaign, originally started 50 years ago by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Standing up for workers is just one of many ways that United Methodist Women and its members continuously strive to create a world where there is  justice for everyone, regardless of race, gender or economic status.

Posted or updated: 9/11/2019 12:00:00 AM
 

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