It is a long and hard struggle, as yesterday's congressional decision not to raise the US Federal minimum wage makes abundantly clear. But it is a struggle that is worthwhile.
The Bible is clear in its call for workers to be treated with justice, generosity and dignity. Let us remember Isaiah's vision of the new heaven and the new earth, a vision that clearly incorporates justice and hope for workers:
65:22 They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. 23 They shall not labour in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they shall be offspring blessed by the Sovereign God — and their descendants as well.
Amen. May it be so!