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St. Louis and Kansas City Workers’ Rights Boards

In addition to building alliances between labor and community groups, Jobs with Justice built a new structure – Workers’ Rights Boards – to combat the lack of an adequate legal framework to support worker and economic justice issues . With Boards in 20 cities we now have a proven track record that these locally based institutions made up of community leaders, religious leaders, academics, elected officials, and other prominent members of the community, are effective vehicles to address workers’ and community concerns.

Although the Boards have no legal authority, the Boards can produce real results. Where the withered legal framework is slow to move the Boards spur important action. The St. Louis Workers’ Rights Board has protected workers threatened with firing for organizing, caregivers dismissed for reporting patient abuse, and immigrant workers denied pay for hours work simply because the employer thought they could get away with it. In 2011, the Kansas City Workers’ Rights Board convened for the first time, ready to be a moral voice for workers in the community.

Workers’ Rights Boards proceedings are part of a one-two counterpunch that includes direct action by labor, community and faith-based activists.

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St. Louis Workers’ Rights Board


  • The Rev. Dr. Martin Rafanan, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
  • Joan Suarez, Missouri Immigrant & Refugee Advocates

Steering Committee Members:

  • Joan Beuckman, KMOX, KTRS, Retired
  • Joan Bray, Consumer Council of Missouri
  • Sherman George, St. Louis Fire Chief, Retired
  • Don Giljum, University of Missouri – St. Louis
  • Percy Green, Civil Rights Leader, ACTION Reunion
  • Jerry Hochsztein, Jews United for Justice, Attorney
  • Cynthia Holmes, Attorney
  • Denise Lieberman, Advancement Project, Attorney
  • Prof. Allan MacNeill, Webster University
  • The Rev. Dr. James Morris, Lane Tabernacle CME
  • Angie O’Gorman, Interfaith Legal Services for Immigrants
  • Rudy Pulido, Baptist General Convention of Missouri
  • Prof. Mark Rank, Washington University
  • Father Steve Robeson, St. John Catholic Church

General Members
The Rev. Mary Albert, Epiphany United Church of Christ
Prof. James Allen Jr., Saint Louis University
Laura Barrett, Gamaliel Foundation
John Bowman St., Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
The Rev. Mark Bradshaw-Miller, Westminster Presbyterian Church
The Rev. Charles Brown, Mt Airy MB Church
Deborah Burris, 
University of Missouri – St. Louis
The Honorable William Clay, US Congress, Former
Mo Costello, MoKaBe’s Coffehouse
Fr. Richard Creason, Catholic Action Network
Anna Crosslin, International Institute of Metro St. Louis
The Rev. Teresa Danieley, St. John’s Episcopal Church
Pat Dougherty, Catholic Charities of St. Louis
Hedy Epstein
Jim Faul, Attorney
Rabbi Randy Fleisher, Central Reform Congregation
The Rev. Robert Franklin, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
The Rev. David Gerth, Metropolitan Congregations United – St. Louis
Rabbi Andrea Goldstein, Congregation Shaare Emeth
Seifu Gudeta
Reena Hajat, Diversity Awareness Partnership
Imam Muhammad Hasic, Islamic Community Center
Ann Haubrich, Prison Performing Arts
Bernie Hayes, Independent Television Service
Dan Hellinger, HIPSL
Dr. Deborah Henry, St Louis Community College
Rich Howard-Willms, Plowsharing Crafts
Clarence Jackson, Ecumenical Leadership Council of Missouri
The Rev. Dr. Sammie Jones, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church
Jerry King, RJK, Inc.
Glen Koenen, Circle of Concern, Retired
Evan Krauss, Diversity Awareness Partnership
Miriam Mahan, Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Center
Prof. Michael Mancini, Saint Louis University
Larry Mass, Attorney
Pastor Frederick McCullough, Restoration House Community Church
Sr. Mary Ann McGivern, Sisters of Loretto
Rep. Margo McNeil, MO House of Representatives
Rep. Jeanette Mott Oxford, MO House of Representatives, Former
Friar Ed Mundwiller, St. Anthony of Padua
Bishop Howard Nelson
Virginia Nesmith
, National Farm Worker Ministry
Tom Nolan, Sts. Teresa & Bridget Church
The Rev. Tommie Pierson Sr., Greater St. Mark Family Church

William Quick, Attorney
Prof. Gerday Ray, University of Missouri – St. Louis
Robert Reinhold, Attorney
The Rev. B.T. Rice, New Horizon 7th Day Christian Church
The Rev. Larry Rice, New Life Evangelistic Center
Jamala Rogers, Organization for Black Struggle
Prof. Rebecca Rogers, University of Missouri – St. Louis
Robert Russell, University of Missouri – St. Louis
Fr. Jack Schuler, St Ferdinand Church
Mary Ann Sedey, Attorney
Dr. John Slosar, Saint Louis University
Dr. Carla Streeter, Aquinas Institute of Theology
Abbe Sudvarg, MD
Robert Swearingen, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
Rabbi Susan Talve, Central Reform Congregation
Roz Voellinger, United Way of Greater St. Louis
The Rev. Emery Washington, Episcopal Church
Nikki Weinstein, Leadership for Social Change
Roseann Weiss, Regional Arts Commission
Agnes Wilcox, Prison Performing Arts
Bob Wilcox, Art Critic


Kansas City Workers’ Rights Board

Steering Committee

  • Judy Ancel, University of Missouri- Kansas City, Labor Studies Program
  • John Boyd, Boyd & Kenter P.C.
  • Legislator Theresa Garza Ruiz, Jackson County Legislator
  • Alice Kitchen, Sisters of Loretto – KC
  • Dr. Bob Minor, The Fairness Project
  • The Rev. Ted Schroeder, Missouri Association for Social Welfare

General Members
Rabbi Dough Alpert, Congregation Kol Ami
Laura Alvarez, Guadalupe Centers, Inc.
The Rev. Rick Behrens, Grandview Park Presbyterian Church
The Rev. Ron Brooks, MORE2
Sherwin Carroll, SEIU Local 1
Mark Dugan, Attorney
Dr. Peter Eaton, University of Missouri – Kansas City
Ahmed El-Sherif, Let the Children Play
Maggie Finefrock, The Learning Project
Mamie Hughes, Retired Civil Rights Activist
Edward Emmett Keenan, Keenan Law Firm
Kathleen Kennedy, Bishop Sullivan Center
Alice Kitchen, Sisters of Loretto
John Kurtz, Hubbard & Kurtz, LLP
Deacon Mike Lewis, St. Patrick Parish
Sr. Barbara McCracken, Keeler Women’s Center
Representative Judy Morgan, State Representative, 24th District
Mary O’Halloran, O’Halloran Commuincation
Juan Rangel, Donnelly College
Pete Raya, IBEW Local 124
The Rev. Kenneth Ray, Baptist Ministers Union
Raymond Rico, Garcia Immigration Law Firm
Brother Louis Rodeman, Retired, Holy Family Faith Community
The Rev. Dr. R. Stan Runnels, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Heather Schlozman, Dugan, Schlozman, LLC
The Rev. Donna Simon, St. Mark’s Hope and Peace Lutheran Church
The Rev. Jennifer Thomas, Immanuel Lutheran Church
Marti Trummer, Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus
The Rev. Steview Wakes, Communities Creating Opportunity
Dr. Charles Wheeler, Former Mayor of Kansas City
Fred Wickham, Attorney
Angie Williams, The Law Offices of Angela Williams, LLC