2009 was the last time the minimum wage was raised, but it’s been more than 60 years since the minimum wage was a living wage. We know low wages disproportionately affect People of Color and women. The Council continues to advocate for living wages, paid sick leave, and paid family leave in concert with other workers’ rights groups in N.C. We continue to support legislation that will raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
As Christians in a profit-dominated society, we must be as concerned as Jesus was about all people — especially those workers who receive lower pay and who are under-protected. How do we keep workers from being crucified by our greed? Do we support fair living-wage pay and safe working conditions so that our communities affirm doing unto others as we would to Jesus?
Too often workers are forced to pick between taking care of sick family members or children and earning money to pay the bills. They are forced to work in unsafe conditions. They aren’t paid a living wage. They are exploited for their economic worth, rather than valued by their worth as a beloved child of God.
As disciples of a God who calls on us to work so “that all may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10), we must remember those among us struggling for the basics in their working life. We must remember Jesus’ call to love our neighbors as ourselves and support those trying to improve conditions in the workplace.
This guidebook is meant to help ministers and congregations offer advice and guidance to people who are currently seeking employment.
Congregations and clergy members are invited to plan worship services around the hard workers of our nation. This guide offers resources and action items for Labor Day weekend and how to continue highlighting impacted workers beyond Labor Day.
The Council takes positions on issues through policy statements that inform, guide, and frame our work. Policy statements are adopted by our governing body, often upon the recommendation of one or more of the Council’s program committees which are made up of representatives of our member bodies.
- A Living Wage (11/9/2000)
Send a message to your North Carolina legislators urging them to raise the minimum wage to $15!
The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Copeland
North Carolina Council of Churches
(919) 828-6501 Ext. 101