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CAIR-LA Urges Community to Support Workers’ Rights


(ANAHEIM, CA, 7/19/07) – In keeping with the Islamic values of fairness and justice, the Greater Los Angeles area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today urged members of the Muslim community to remember the working poor of America, particularly those in the service and hospitality industries who work low and minimum-wage jobs to make ends meet while trying to achieve the “American Dream.”

Muslims are commanded to honor and extend fairness to laborers and workers, assign them work which does not overburden them, and give them just wages. We are admonished to ensure justice. This means supporting and establishing industry standards that promote just working conditions and environments for all workers. To that end, we should encourage doing business with those, especially in the service and hospitality industries, who support workers’ rights, do not discriminate against their employees, and permit them the freedom of association and the right to organize.

“As Muslims, it is our duty to set an example of justice for all people, including speaking out on behalf of the working poor and encouraging companies to be worker-friendly,” said Hussam Ayloush, executive director of CAIR-LA. Ayloush also serves on the National Board of Interfaith Worker Justice, a national group that seeks to improve wages, benefits, and working conditions for workers.

He also said Muslims should avoid signing contracts and working with businesses that do not support workers’ rights and, when necessary, must stand with those who work toward equity in wages and the right for workers to organize when those demands are not met. The Muslim community should also support employers, such as hotels, restaurants and other businesses that are worker-friendly.

For a list of worker-friendly hotels in your area, please visit:

For more information on workers’ rights and how to become involved, please visit one of the following websites:

Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) –
Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) –
Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) —
Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD ) – (714) 621-0919

CONTACT: Munira Syeda, CAIR-LA Communications Coordinator, 714-776-1847 or


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