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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


Ruth Ehresman, Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice

The Rev. W. Aurdey Hollis, Greater St. Mark Family Church


Steering Committee

Joan Beuckman, KMOX, KTRS retired

Joan Bray, Consumer Council of Missouri

Sherman George, St. Louis Police Chief, retired

Don Giljum, University of Missouri

Percy Green, ACTION Reunion

Jerry Hochsztein, Jews United for Justice

Cynthia Holmes, Attorney

Denise Lieberman, Advancement Project, Attorney

Professor Allan MacNeill, Webster University

The Rev. Dr. Rudy Pulido, Baptist General Convention of Missouri

Ben Senturia,  Leadership for Social Change

Joan Suarez, Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates


General Members

The Rev. Mary Albert, Epiphany UCC

Professor James Allen Jr., Saint Louis University

Karen Aroesty, Anti-Defamation League

The Rev. Emmett Baker, Jr., St. Louis Metro Baptist Association

Laura Barrett, Gamaliel Foundation

The Rev. Paul Beins, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, retired

Jen Bersdale, Missouri Healthcare For All

The Rev. Ronald Bobo, Sr., West Side Missionary Baptist Church

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

The Rev. Teresa Danieley, St. John’s Episcopal Church

Pat Dougherty, Catholic Charities of St. Louis

Hedy Epstein

Jim Faul, Attorney

Jon Fenderson, Washington University

Rabbi Randy Fleisher, Central Reform Congregation

The Rev. Robert Franklin, Rainbow/Push Coalition

Bukky Gbadegesin, Saint Louis University

The Rev. David Gerth, Metropolitan Congregations United

Anna Ginsburg, City of St. Louis

Rabbi Andrea Goldstein, Congregation Shaare Emeth

Rabbi James Stone Goodman, Neve Shalom

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

The Rev. Anita Hendrix, Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery

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. Shaun Ellison Jones, Mount Zion Baptist Church-Christian Complex

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

Sr. Mary Ann McGivern, Sisters of Loretto

Representative Margo McNeil, Missouri House of Representatives

Pastor Mark Bradshaw Miller,  Westminster Presbyterian Church

Lew Moye, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

Friar Ed Mundwiller, St. Anthony of Padua

Bishop Howard Nelson

Virginia Nesmith, National Farm Worker Ministry, retired

Tom Nolan, Catholic Charities of St. Louis

Angie O’Gorman, Author

Jeanette Oxford, Missouri Association for Social Welfare

Pastor Tommie Pierson Sr., Greater St. Mark Family Church

Bill Quick, Attorney

The Rev. Rebecca Ragland, Episcopal Service Corps – Deaconess Anne House

Professor Mark Rank, Washington University

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

Fr. Steve Robeson, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Catholic 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

Les Sterman, Jewish Community Relations Council, retired

The Rev. Carleton Stock, Presbyterian Church USA, retired

The Rev. Jon Stratton, Episcopal Diocese of Missouri

Dr. Carla Streeter, Aquinas Institute

The Rev. C. Jessel Strong, African Methodist Episcopal Church, retired

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

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

Kansas City Workers’ Rights Board



Dr. Bob Minor, University of Missouri – Kansas, Professor Emeritus


Steering Committee Members

The Rev. Ron Brooks, The Lazarus Project, Retired

Sherwin Carroll, SEIU Local 1, Retired

Pat Jones, A. Philip Randolph Institute, Kansas City Chapter

Alice Kitchen, Loretto – KC

Deacon Mike Lewis, St. Patrick Parish

The Rev. Donna Simon, St. Mark’s Hope and Peace Lutheran Church

Fred Wickham, Attorney


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

The REv. Ron Bowen, Good Shepherd Christian Church, Retired

John Boyd, Attorney

Brother Daryl Charron, Missionaries of the Precious Blood

Gina Chiala, Attorney

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, Jackson County Legislator, Retired

Professor Ile Haggins, University of Missouri – Kansas City

Mamie Hughes, Civil Rights Activist, Retired

Jude Huntz, Visitation Catholic Church

The Rev. Ed Kail, Communities Creating Opportunity

Edward Emmett Keenan, Attorney

Kathleen Kennedy, Bishop Sullivan Center

John Kurtz, Attorney

The Rev. Susan McCann, Grace Episcopal Church

Judy Morgan, Missouri House of Representatives

Brian Noland, Attorney

Mary O’Halloran, O’Halloran Communication

Jessica Piedra, Attorney

Juan Rangel, Donnelly College

The Rev. Kenneth Ray, Baptist Ministers Union

Pete Raya, IBEW Local 124

Raymond Rico, Attorney

Brother Louis Rodeman, Holy Family Faith Community, Retired

The Rev. Dr. R. Stan Runnels, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and & School

The Rev. Tex Sample, St. Paul School of Theology

Heather Schlozman, Attorney

The Rev. Ted Schroeder, Empower Missouri

John Sharp, KC City Council, Former

The Rev. Jennifer Thomas, Lutheran School of Theology

The Rev. Stevie Wakes, Olive Institutional Baptist Church

The Rev. John Wandless, What You Can Do

Dr. Charles Wheeler, Mayor of Kansas City, Former

Angie Williams, Attorney

The Rev. Rodney Williams, Swope Parkway United Christian Church

Sarah Wimberley, Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church