Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Workers Interfaith Network

  • Memphis, TN
  • www.workersinterfaithnetwork.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Workers Interfaith Network is to educate and organize people of faith, low-wage workers, and workers' allies in order to improve wages, benefits, and working conditions for the hard-working people of the Mid-South, especially those who earn low wages. We believe that every person has God-given dignity that must be respected in the workplace. We honor our Creator by seeking justice that enables workers to share in the fruits of their labor.

Main Programs

  1. Memphis Workers' Center
  2. Right to Organize and Public Policy
  3. Living wage organizing
Service Areas

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Tennessee

WIN educates and organizes with workers in the greater Memphis area, as well as limited work on issues affecting workers throughout west Tennessee and northern Mississippi.

ruling year

2002

Principal Officer since 2002

Self-reported

Rev. Rebekah Jordan Gienapp

Keywords

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faith worker rights social justice community organizing immigrant rights living wage

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Also Known As

WIN

EIN

02-0623073

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Recent accomplishments of WIN's members include:

1) Through negotiation, organizing, and legal assistance, partnering with 43 workers to recover over $177,000 in stolen wages, workers' compensation payments, and discrimination remedies from their employers.

2) Defeating a 2009 state legislature bill that would have overturned Memphis and Shelby County's living wage ordinances that passed through WIN's efforts in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

3) Training more than 500 low-wage workers on their rights to be paid fair wages and work in safe working environments free of discrimination.

4) Winning an agreement from the Shelby County District Attorney to begin investigating certain types of wage theft as criminal offenses.

5) Launching a living wage campaign with workers at the University of Memphis.

 

Goals for 2011:

1) Win a fair pay raise for University of Memphis workers that brings low-wage workers substantially closer to a living wage.

2) Organize 15 faith organizations to advocate for a local wage theft ordinance.

3) Partner with workers to recover at least $35,000 in stolen wages from their employers.

4) Train at least 40 immigrant day laborers on health and safety through a two-day, in-depth training that builds workers' leadership skills.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Memphis Workers' Center

The Memphis Workers' Center educates low-wage immigrant and native-born workers about their workplaces rights, and organizes workers to improve their working conditions, including recover unpaid wages and workers' compensation payments owed by their employers.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$70,000.00

Program 2

Right to Organize and Public Policy

This program engages people of faith, community allies, and low-wage workers in campaigns that either: 1) support the right of workers at specific workplaces to organize for better working conditions or 2) will result in local, state, or national public policies that improve wages and working conditions for low-wage workers.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 3

Living wage organizing

WIN's living wage organizing brings together workers, people of faith, and community groups to advocate with specific employers for wages that bring workers out of poverty. Currently, WIN's living wage campaign is focused on workers at the University of Memphis.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Budget

$30,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

WIN educates and organizes with workers in the greater Memphis area, as well as limited work on issues affecting workers throughout west Tennessee and northern Mississippi.

Funding Needs

Workers Interfaith Network seeks donations of all sizes from individuals, foundations, congregations, and labor organizations to fund our grassroots organizing of low-wage workers, people of faith, and workers' allies. We also seek business, labor, organizational, and individual sponsorships for our annual Faith and Labor Picnic, held each Labor Day. Our fundraising goal for 2011 for the organization is $172,000.

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Workers Interfaith Network
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Workers Interfaith Network

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Principal Officer

Rev. Rebekah Jordan Gienapp

BIO

Rev. Rebekah Jordan Gienapp is the founder and executive director of Workers Interfaith Network. A United Methodist and native Memphian, Rebekah led the organization's Memphis Living Wage Campaign, which raised the wages of thousands of Memphis workers. Before founding Workers Interfaith Network, Rebekah worked as an intern at Interfaith Worker Justice. She has in-depth experience in congregational and community organizing, coalition building, media work, and fund raising. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She is a winner of the 2007 Women of Achievement award for Determination, and she was profiled by The Commercial Appeal newspaper as one of 12 Memphians Who Made a Difference in 2006.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"When a small group of faith and labor leaders founded Workers Interfaith Network (WIN) in 2002, we had no idea we would grow from a group of about 12 people to more than 450 members acting for justice in Mid-South workplaces. WIN is filling a great need in supporting the rights of low-wage workers whose voices are often ignored by our society, and in helping ordinary people, from pastors to workers to students to professionals, take actions that result in higher wages and better working conditions for low-wage workers in our community. Our donors are members of our organization: WIN encourages our members to use their time and talents, as well as their financial resources, to make justice for workers a reality."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Rev. Renee Dillard

St. John's United Methodist Church

Term: Jan 2009 - Dec 2011

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