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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 JwJ Workers’ Rights Board

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

Steering Committee
Joan Beuckman
, KMOX, KTRS retired
Joan Bray,
Consumer Council of Missouri
Ruth Ehresman,
Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice
Sherman George,
St. Louis Police Chief, retired
Don Giljum,
University of Missouri
Percy Green,
ACTION Reunion
Jerry Hochsztein
, Jews United for Justice
Cynthia Holmes,
Denise Lieberman,
Advancement Project, Attorney
Professor Allan MacNeill,
Webster University
The Rev. Dr. James Morris,
Lane Tabernacle CME
Angie O’Gorman,
Fr. Steve Robeson, St. John Catholic Church
The Rev. Dr. Rudy Pulido,
Baptist General Convention of Missouri
Ben Senturia, 
Leadership for Social Change
Professor Mark Rank,
Washington University

General Members
The Rev. Mary Albert, Epiphany UCC
Professor James Allen Jr., Saint Louis University
Karen Aroesty, Anti-Defamation League
Laura Barrett, Gamaliel Foundation
John Bowman Sr., Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
Deborah Burris, University of Missouri – St. Louis
The Rev. Charles Brown, Mt Airy MB Church
The Honorable William Clay, US Congress, former
Mo Costello, MoKabe’s Coffeehouse
Fr. Richard Creason, Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church
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
Rabbi Andrea Goldstein, Congregation Shaare Emeth
Seifu Gudeta
Reena Hajat, Diversity Awareness Partnership
Imam Muhamed Hasic, Islamic Community Center
Ann Haubrich, Prison Performing Arts
Bernie Hayes, Independent Television Services
Dan Hellinger, Webster University, HIPSL
Dr. Deborah Henry, St. Louis Community College
Rich Howard-Willms, Plowsharing Crafts
Clarence Jackson, Ecumenical Leadership Council of Missouri
Sister Barbara Jennings, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
The Rev. Dr. Sammie Jones, Mt Zion Missionary Baptist Church
Jerry King, RJK, Inc
Glenn Koenen, Circle of Concern, retired
Miriam Mahan, Saints Joachim & Ann Care Center
Larry Mass, Attorney
Professor Michael Mancini, Saint Louis University
Pastor Frederick McCullough, Wayman AME Church
Sr. Mary Ann McGivern, Sisters of Loretto
Representative Margo McNeil, Missouri House of Representatives
Pastor Mark Bradshaw Miller,  Westminster Presbyterian Church
Friar Ed Mundwiller,
St. Anthony of Padua
Bishop Howard Nelson
Virginia Nesmith,
National Farm Worker Ministry, retired
Tom Nolan, Catholic Charities of St. Louis
Jeanette Oxford, Missouri Association for Social Welfare
Pastor Tommie Pierson Sr., Greater St. Mark Family Church
Bill Quick, Attorney
Professor Gerda Ray, University of Missouri- St. Louis
Bob Reinhold, Attorney
The Rev. Larry Rice, New Life Evangelical Center
The Rev. B.T. Rice, New Horizon 7th Day Christian Church
Jamala Rogers, Organization for Black Struggle
Professor Rebecca Rogers, University of Missouri – St. Louis
Robert Russell, University of Missouri – St. Louis
Fr. Jack Schuler,
St. Ferdinand Catholic Parish
Mary Ann Sedey, Attorney
John Slosar,
Saint Louis University
The Rev. Jon Stratton, Episcopal Diocese of Missouri
Dr. Carla Streeter, Aquinas Institute
Dr. Abbe Sudvarg, MD
Rob Swearingen,
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
Rabbi Susan Talve, Central Reform Congregation
Roz Voellinger, United Way of Greater St. Louis
The Rev. Emery Washington, The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion
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

Dr. Bob Minor, University of Kansas, Emeritus

Steering Committee
The Rev. Ron Brooks, Lazarus Ministries of Kansas City
Sherwin Carroll, SEIU Local 1, Retired
Pat Jones, A. Philip Randolph Institute, Kansas City Chapter
Alice Kitchen,
Sisters of Loretto
Deacon Michael Lewis,
St. Patrick Parish
The Rev. Donna Simon,
St. Mark’s Hope and Peace
Fred Wickham,

General Members
Rabbi Doug Alpert,
Congregation Kol Ami
Laura Alvarez, Guadalupe Centers, Inc.
Judy Ancel, University of Missouri – Kansas City
The Rev. Rick Behrens, Grandview Park Presbyterian Church
John Boyd, Attorney
Brother Daryl Charron, Missionaries of the Precious Blood
Mark Dugan, Attorney
Peter Eaton, University of Missouri – Kansas City
Ahmed El-Sherif, Let the Children Play
The Rev. Lloyd Fields, Greater Gilgal Missionary Baptist Church
Maggie Finefrock, The Learning Project
Theresa Garza-Ruiz, Jackson County Legislator
Mamie Hughes, Civil Rights Activist, Retired
The Reverend Edward Kail, Communities Creating Opportunity
Edward Emmett Keenan, Attorney
Kathleen Kennedy, Bishop Sullivan Center
John Kurtz, Attorney
The Rev. Susan McCann, Grace Episcopal Church
Sr. Barbara McCracken, Keeler Women’s Center
Dr. Bob Minor, The Fairness Project
Judy Morgan, Missouri House of Representatives
Mary O’Halloran, O’Halloran Communication
Juan Rangel, Donnelly College
The Rev. Kenneth Ray, Baptist Ministers Union
Pete Raya, IBEW Local 124
Raymond Rico, Attorney
Brother Louis Rodeman, Holy Family Catholic Worker House
The Rev. Sarah Schofield-Wimberley, Independence Ministerial Alliance
The Rev. Dr. R. Stan Runnels, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church & Day School
The Rev. Dr. Tex Sample, St. Paul School of Theology, Emeritus
Heather Schlozman, Attorney
The Rev. Ted Schroeder, Empower Missouri, Retired Lutheran Minister
The Rev. Jennifer Thomas, Lutheran School of Theology
Marti Trummer, Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus
The Rev. Stevie Wakes, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church
Dr. Charles Wheeler, Mayor of Kansas City, Former
Angie Williams, Attorney