Who are we?
The National Retail Justice Alliance, a coalition of social justice leaders and policy experts, is committed to building a long-term movement to raise the living and working standards of retail workers in the United States.
What do we do?
The Alliance builds support for workers in the retail industry through advocacy, education and research to promote sustainable jobs, living wages, affordable health care and fair public policies. The Alliance also assists in developing organizing strategies to expand worker, citizen and resident power in the workplace and communities.
Why do we do it?
The retail sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in the United States, and will define how it is to work and live in a 21st century economy. Strengthening the middle class is essential to rebuilding our economy and it’s critically important that retail employers lead the way in making sure that retail jobs are good jobs with benefits so that workers in this growing industry have a pathway to the middle class.
Academic studies have provided quantitative evidence that retailers can benefit from investing more in their workforce. Unfortunately, many retail employers have followed the business strategy of Walmart—our country’s largest retailer—by skimping on hours and preventing full-time schedules so they won’t have to provide benefits to their workers. This low-wage strategy has, in turn, led to depressed earnings across the retail and manufacturing sectors and pushed more and more workers out of the middle class.