Jobs with Justice (http://www.jwj.org/) plays a pivotal role towards educating the public and organizing workers around the need for better wages and working conditions.
Since its founding in 1987, Jobs with Justice has become one of the most visible and effective grassroots labor organizations, advocating for the rights and interests of people who are struggling to make ends meet in today’s economy. JwJ has spearheaded organizing campaigns for workers such janitors and home health care workers, it has organized labor coalitions to support those who are fighting to be treated with basic dignity at work, and it has educated the public on the need for stronger labor laws and better enforcement of existing legal protections for workers.
JwJ’s website gives you an excellent view of what this pioneering organization is all about. Especially if you are unfamiliar with unions, this is a great starting place towards understanding the need for a strong and inclusive grassroots labor movement in the United States. Also, JwJ’s friends and allies page (http://www.jwj.org/about/friends.html) will give you a broad-ranging perspective of how an effective labor movement connects with other social and economic justice initiatives.