GVP Allen Calls for Unity Among Labor, Faith Communities

IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen addressed the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice in San Diego. From left: ICWJ of San Diego Board Member Rev. A. Wayne Riggs, Allen and ICWJ Executive Director Rabbi Laurie Coskey.

The labor and faith communities share common goals, struggles and values, said IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen at a recent address to the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice in San Diego.

Allen said the two movements can rally together to fight income inequality, ensure fair compensation for a day’s work and promote solidarity among working people, regardless of status, ethnicity or spiritual background.

“There is enough money in this country for all of us,” said Allen. “The problem is that it’s all being funneled to the top 1 percent. It takes all of us standing in solidarity to ensure that everyone who works for a living can live a life of dignity.”

The Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice (ICWJ) of San Diego County is a membership organization, established in 1998, to bring the power and energy of the faith community’s moral authority to local struggles for worker justice. ICWJ represents clergy, synagogues, churches, mosques, faith and justice organizations, and many people of faith in the San Diego region who feel called by their respective religious traditions to work for justice and stand up for the poor and marginalized.

Allen was accompanied by IAM Western Territory Chief of Staff Bobby Martinez, District 947 Business Representative Daniella Ferioli and District 725 Business Representatives Dave Knopp and J.P. Fletcher.