Worker Justice

Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa


The Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa (CWJ) is a membership-based organization that unites low-wage workers across race, ethnicity and immigration status to pursue social and economic justice through education, leadership development, issue-based organizing, direct services, and community alliances.

Program Areas 

The Center for Worker Justice seeks to improve Eastern Iowa communities by coordinating projects to address injustices in areas such as: workplace conditions, civil rights and discrimination, and access to education, housing, health care, transportation, and legal services.

The Center is currently prioritizing four main project areas: workplace justice, civil rights of immigrants, access to education, and the need for affordable housing.

Organizations Represented in Planning Discussions

Planning meetings to establish the Center have involved individuals from the following organizations:

  • Catholic Diocese of Davenport 
  • Coalition for Racial Justice 
  • Faith United Church of Christ 
  • First Mennonite Church of Iowa City 
  • Hawkeye Labor Council, AFL-CIO 
  • Housing Fellowship 
  • Immigrant Voices Project 
  • Intl. Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 238 Intl. Union of Painters & Allied Trades, Local 447
  • Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement 
  • I.C. Congregational United Church of Christ 
  • Iowa City Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO 
  • Iowa City Sanctuary City Committee 
  • Iowa State Building Trades 
  • Service Employees Intl. Union, Local 199 
  • St. Patrick Catholic Church of Iowa City 
  • Sudanese-American Community Association 
  • UE Local 896, COGS 
  • Unitarian Universalist Society, Iowa City 
  • University of Iowa Center for Human Rights 
  • University of Iowa Clinical Law Programs 
  • University of Iowa Labor Center 
  • University of IA Latino Law Students’ Association 
  • United Food & Commercial Workers, Local 431 
  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Local 1260
 How You Can Help Make the Center a Reality 

You can help create a safe space for low-income people to come together, learn about their rights, and join with community allies to address the root causes of injustice and inequality. If you belong to a faith, community, or labor group, encourage your organization to:

  • Send a representative to attend meetings of the workers’ center advisory committee 
  • Host a workshop to meet with leaders of this effort and discuss its goals 
Pass a resolution within your organization, endorsing the proposed center

If you have questions, please contact the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa at P.O. Box 3268, Iowa City, IA 52244 or