Board of Directors

The Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice of South Central Wisconsin, Inc., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and welcomes the following to its board of directors:

(Institutional affiliations listed for purposes of identification only.)

2017

Officers:

Faith Co-Chair: Sister Maureen McDonnell, O.P., Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa

“I’m a Catholic Dominican Sister, so that makes it important to me to be committed to Catholic Social Teaching in general and to worker justice in particular. All humans are to be treated with dignity and respect and have the right to a living wage and good working conditions. One way to achieve this is to work on policy as well as direct action, which we combine in ICWJ. I also love the interfaith aspect of our work.”

 

 

Labor Co-Chair: Mary Bell,  Wisconsin Education Association Council (past president)

“My reason for supporting ICWJ? We often speak of our “union family” – but we often have faith communities as well. Both communities hold sacred the fair treatment of those who labor. ICWJ  brings together my union family with communities of faith so that we may speak openly, advocate fully, and progress farther on the path to honoring and achieving fair treatment, fair wages, and a voice in the workplace for all laborers.”

Treasurer:  Scott Watson, North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters

Directors:

Kristin Gorton, Lake Edge United Church of Christ & UCC Economic Justice Movement

 

 

 

Paulette Harder, Lake Edge United Church of Christ

“As a representative of the faith community I am committed to the social gospel.  I am proud to be part of worker justice issues such as Fight for $15 and economic justice for restaurant workers through the Just Dining Guide. I am impressed with the commitment to worker justice of the ICWJ board and staff and pleased with the energy that everyone brings to this important issue.”

Reverend Peder Johanson, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, ELCA – Brodhead

“As a follower of Jesus and a minister of the church (Lutheran – ELCA), working for justice is not a choice but a call. Participating with ICWJ has been a great way to connect with sisters and brothers who share in this call (across religions and cultures) to walk with, support, and uphold the rights and dignity of workers in our communities.”

Douglas Keillor, Madison Teachers Inc.

“I currently am employed as Executive Director of Madison Teachers Incorporated (MTI), a Union that represents approximately 3,000 teachers and support personnel in the Madison Metropolitan School District. I was part of the initial group that started the ICWJ and have been involved with the Coalition ever since. The genesis of my involvement was the desire to build relationships between the labor community and the faith community to advocate around the common values of worker justice, especially for low-wage workers. In a nation with a growing chasm between the haves and the have nots, this mission has never been more important. And in a world too often divided by religious differences, uniting in common cause people of faith from across our diverse faith traditions (or no faith traditions) is equally important.”

Kurt Kobelt, Arellano & Phebus Law Firm

“I am committed to ICWJ because as a labor lawyer who has represented unions and victims of discrimination for over 35 years and as a Unitarian-Universalist, I believe both the labor movement and the progressive faith community can grow stronger together by working in coalitions such as this one.”

 

  • Maggie Merdler, AFSCME Council 32

Craig Myrbo, AFSCME Retirees Subchapter 52 & Sherman Avenue United Methodist Church

I became a labor activist because of my faith. Jesus said that whatever we do to the least we do to him. The Exodus is a labor story.”

 

Hanif Nu’Man, Islamic Community of Madison Area

“I believe that a vibrant workforce is the backbone of a vibrant society. Therefore the commitment that we make to ensuring our workforce has all the rights allowed to them enhances our social connectivity.”

 

Reverend Michael Schuler, First Unitarian Society of Madison

“My interest in worker justice first arose when I was in high school and embarked on a research project focusing on migrant and seasonal workers in south Florida. Having learned that the conditions under which they lived and worked were appalling and that they existed in a state of semi-slavery, as a seminarian I began to work with the National Farm Worker Ministry a few years later. I also spent a few years working at low-level jobs in the hospitality industry which further deepened my sympathy for individuals trapped in jobs offering few benefits and a less than living wage. I am grateful that at this stage of life I can revisit these earlier involvements as an active member of the ICWJ Board of Directors.”

Pastor Modesto Enrique Soto, First United Methodist Church of Fort Atkinson

“I am part of ICWJ because I believe that we are doers of justice and represent the right of those who believe they do not have it. I also want to be the voice of those who cannot speak for themselves and be heard by all.”

 

Comments are closed