Since 2000, at least twenty-five activists representing social justice, workers’ rights, faith, and community groups have met and agreed that social and economic justice are moral issues. They have made it their mission to educate and advocate on behalf of low-wage workers. Over the years, they have supported city-county workers, construction workers, library workers, janitors, hotel workers, security guards, food service workers, and fast food campaigns. Fortunately, their volunteer numbers continue to grow because now, more workers fall within their mission in 2014 than did in the past decade.
In the last two years, the group has been instrumental in waging a campaign against wage theft in collaboration with the Health and Human Rights Clinic at the IU McKinney School of Law. Law school students, under the guidance of Fran Quigley, Professor of Law, have successfully recovered thousands of dollars in wages on behalf of workers who were victims of wage theft in Central Indiana.
For low-wage workers, wage theft is just the tip of the iceberg. CFLC and its community partners want to address the myriad issues that impact the quality of life of our neighbors, our families, our friends. To this end, we have established the Indianapolis Worker Justice Center.