Labor and faith organizations have a long history of shared relationships, tied together by our common bonds: social justice, equality, the dignity of all people, racial and economic justice, and fair treatment in the workplace.
That’s why the AFL-CIO’s Labor in the Pulpit, on the Bimah and in the Minbar program places union leaders as guest speakers in faith congregations so that they can speak about the values of equity, racial and economic justice and the solidarity that labor shares with the faith community.
Our program utilizes the Labor Day holiday as a unique opportunity for religious communities and organized labor to come together in partnership. Each year, in cities across the country, interfaith and ecumenical organizations, local religious leaders, state federations, central labor councils and area labor federations work together to recruit union leaders and congregations to participate as special guest speakers in congregations.
In addition to Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-4, the program is also available the weekend before (Aug. 25-27) and the weekend after Labor Day (Sept. 8 - 10) if this is more convenient for scheduling.
Labor Day Event Guides
Learn more about the program, including our organizing guide with resources for hosting your own Labor in the Pulpit/Bimah/Minbar event this Labor Day weekend.
- 2023 Sample Labor in the Pulpit Presentation
- Labor in the Pulpit / Bimah / Minbar 2023 Organizing Guide
- Labor in the Pulpit / Bimah / Minbar 2023 Toolkit
- Sample 2023 State Fed/CLC/ALF Labor in the Pulpit Invitation Letter to Faith Congregations
- 2023 Roman Catholic Labor Day Homily
- What Faith Groups Say About Worker Justice
- Catholic Parish Toolkit (2015)
- Protestant Congregation Toolkit (2014)
- Labor on the Bimah: A Toolkit for Jewish Congregations (2014)
- Labor in the Minbar: A Toolkit for Islamic Congregations (2014)
- The Qur’an and Worker Justice (2013)
- Social Justice: Labor Rights in Islam
Please contact Religion-Labor Coordinator Michael Szpak in the Civil, Human and Women's Rights Department at 202-637-5284 or [email protected] with any questions you may have or if you need assistance.