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.
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.