Lehigh County Conference of Churches: Justice and Advocacy Fall Gathering


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Lehigh County
Conference of Churches

Justice & Advocacy

Jobs, Justice, and Economics

Saturday, September 25, 2010
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

St. Paul's Lutheran Church
8th and Walnut Streets
Allentown, PA 18101
(610) 435-7784

Keynote: Standing for Workers in Times of Crisis
  Kim Bobo, Executive Director, Interfaith Worker Justice

Kim Bobo is the Executive Director and founder of Interfaith Worker Justice, the nation's largest network of people of faith engaging in local and national actions to improve wages, benefits and conditions for workers, especially those in the low-wage economy. She was named one of Utne Reader's 50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" in 2009. Prior to Interfaith Worker Justice, Kim was a trainer for the Midwest Academy, and Director of Organizing for Bread for the World. She writes a column for the online magazine Religion Dispatches.

Plenary Dialog:    Getting Back to Work
How do we get unemployed and underemployed people back to work,
in jobs that provide living wages and fair working conditions?

  Thomas J. Hyclak, Professor of Economics, Lehigh University,
and   Kim Bobo, Executive Director, Interfaith Worker Justice

Panel Discussion: Community Resources for Unemployed People

Workshops: on Advocacy, Jobs, Economics, & Current Legislation

Jobs, Justice, and Economics

Unemployment in the Lehigh Valley is still above the national average of 9.5%, not counting those who have run out of unemployment benefits and given up looking for work,[1] and for every job opening, there are still about five people looking for work. [2] More than half of all workers have been directly affected by the "Great Recession," including layoffs, reduced work hours, or pay cuts. [3] Job training and placement services are important resources for matching people with available jobs, but in the current economic environment it still leaves the majority of unemployed workers without jobs.

Our program will survey the broad range of support services now available for job training and placement, but also explore what it takes to rebuild a sustainable economy in which workers can find jobs in a healthy work environment and receive fair wages, and how congregations can be engaged in this process.


Lunch is included. (Suggested donation: $10, Students and Unemployed: $5 or whatever you can afford)

Please pre-register by September 22nd: on-line or by phone: 610-433-6421.

This gathering is sponsored by the Lehigh County Conference of Churches, Justice and Advocacy Committee. For further information, contact the LCCC office at 610-433-6421; or Bob Walden at ja-msc@ppjr.org.


See our Jobs Resource Page for links to local and web-based resources on jobs and worker issues.


1. Lehigh Valley Unemployment Rate up to 9.9% in July (PA Dept. of Labor & Industry news release, Aug. 31, 2010); also see Pennsylvania's Workforce Statistics.
2. May 2010 issue of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Monthly Labor Review:  "Job openings, hires, and separations fall during the recession" (PDF);    Graphs & Statistics (Sept. 8, 2010)
Next update: Oct. 13, 2010 from JOLTS.
"Unemployed workers outnumber job openings 5.6-to-one in March", by Heidi Shierholz (Economic Policy Institute: May 11, 2010).
3. The Great Recession at 30 Months, Pew Research Center.
U.S. Financial Crisis
(August 2010 data)
9.5% or 14.6 Million
$4.74 Trillion

Location: http://ja.ppjr.org/seminars/jobs/ja1009.htm
Last Updated: 9/12/10
Created: May 20, 2010