Who we are
Mission Statement: CLUE-LA educates, organizes, and mobilizes the faith community to walk with workers and their families in their struggle for respect and dignity in the workplace and beyond. All religions believe in economic justice.
CLUE LA, founded in 1996, is one of the oldest interfaith worker justice organizations
in the country. CLUE LA’s mission is to bring together clergy and lay leaders
of all faiths to join low-wage workers in their struggles for justice.
Its many accomplishments began with key support for the successful Los Angeles’s
1997 Living Wage campaign.
CLUE LA took a leadership role in the battle to keep Wal-Mart out of Inglewood;
played a central role in the passage of statewide legislation increasing funding
for staffing for nursing homes; provided strategic support for striking grocery
workers that brought the owner of Safeway back to the bargaining table; created
dramatic actions in support of hotel workers in Santa Monica and Los Angeles
that were crucial to victory; and played an important role in the public policy
and corporate campaigns of healthcare workers and janitors.
CLUE LA has over 600 religious leaders and 1200 lay people active in its work,
including a very broad range of ethnic and denominational constituencies,
including Christian Evangelicals, Muslim leaders and mosques, all of the Jewish
denominations, historic African-American churches, Hispanic Pentecostals,
and Korean congregations.
A Brief History of CLUE
It all began in 1996, when religious leaders joined the effort to pass a living
wage law mandating businesses with Los Angeles city contracts to provide adequate
wages and health benefits. After the legislation passed, CLUE was formed with
the purpose of organizing the religious community to support low-wage workers
in their struggles for a living wage, health benefits, respect and a voice
in the corporate and political decisions which affect them. CLUE partners
with activist unions and community organizations to increase workers’ capacity
to impact their employers, to attain worker-friendly public policies and to
pressure commercial/industrial developers to agree to a community benefits
package in exchange for permits and subsidies.