Labor in the Pulpit, on the Bimah and in the Minbar


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. 

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.

2022 Resources: 

Faith-Based Information

Upcoming Speaker Training Sessions

In order to assist our union leaders and members from our federated bodies in preparing presentations for congregations where they will be speaking during the Labor Day weekend, we will be conducting speaker training sessions. These training sessions will focus on developing a Labor in the Pulpit presentation for speakers to use with local congregations. These presentations can also be utilized in synagogues (Labor on the Bimah) and mosques/masjids (Labor in the Minbar).

These training sessions will be one hour in length and you are requested to register in advance using the links below.

Please contact Religion-Labor Coordinator Michael Szpak in the Civil, Human and Women's Rights Department at 202-637-5285 or [email protected] with any questions you may have or if you need assistance.