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Labor - Employment

 

"Work is fundamental to the dignity of a person. Work, to use an image, 'anoints' us with dignity, fills us with dignity, makes us similar to God, who has worked and still works, who always acts..."
- Pope Francis, Feast of St. Joseph the Worker and World Labor Day, 5/1/13

"I address a strong appeal from my heart that the dignity and safety of the worker always be protected."
- Pope Francis, Regina Caeli, 4/28/13

Current Advocacy Position

The Catholic bishops of the United States have long held that the most effective way to build a just economy is to make decent work at decent wages available for all those capable of working. When the economy fails to generate sufficient jobs, there is a moral obligation to protect the life and dignity of unemployed and underemployed workers and their families.

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Legislative Documents, Letters, and Statements

Joint Letter to the US Senate on the Minimum Wage and Just Wages
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, Fr. Larry Snyder
January 8, 2014

Joint Letter to the Senate on ENDA 2013
Bishop Stephen E Blaire, Archbishop William E. Lori, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone
October 31, 2013

Joint Letter to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on ENDA 2013
Bishop Stephen E Blaire, Archbishop William E. Lori, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone
July 9, 2013

Testimony Before U.S. Senate HELP Committee on Minimum Wage
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire
June 25, 2013

Letter to Congress on Unemployment Insurance
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire
December 11, 2011

Comments to National Labor Relations Board on Union Elections
Carlos Ortiz Miranda
August 22, 2011

Letter to Senate about JOBS Act and Unemployment Benefits
Bishops Stephen E. Blaire
June 28, 2011

Letter to House about JOBS Act and Unemployment Benefits
Bishops Stephen E. Blaire
June 20, 2011

Letter to Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee in Support of His Statement on the Rights of Workers
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire|
February 23, 2011

Letter to Senate on Extending Unemployment Insurance and the National Housing Trust Fund
Bishop William F. Murphy
July 19, 2010

Letter to Senate on Housing Trust Fund and Unemployment Insurance
Bishop William Murphy
March 5, 2010

For information from 2009 and earlier, see our labor archives.

Annual Labor Day Statements

2013 Labor Day Statement | En Español
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire
September 2, 2013

Placing Work and Workers at the Center of Economic Life | En Español
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire
September 3, 2012


Human Costs and Moral Challenges of a Broken Economy
| En Español
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire
September 5, 2011


A New "Social Contract" for Today's "New Things" | En Español
Bishop William Murphy
September 6, 2010

For statements a complete list of Labor Day statements, see our Labor Day archives.

Primers, Backgrounders, and Educational Materials

Background on Just Wage and the Federal Minimum Wage
January 2014

Background on Worsening Economic Inequality
January 2014

Background on Protecting the Rights of Workers in a Globalized Economy
February 2013

Primer on Labor in Catholic Social Thought
2011

Background on Paid Sick Leave
April 2006

Background on Minimum Wage
April 2006



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