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.
For more information, see the resources in the Primers, Backgrounders, and Educational Materials section.
LEGISLATIVE DOCUMENTS, LETTERS, AND STATEMENTS
Letter to Senate Committee on Education, Labor, and Pensions and to House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor on Relief During Coronavirus Pandemic
Bishop Michael C. Barber, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley and Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville
April 9, 2020
News Release: Chairman of U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development Encourages Lawmakers in Providing Aid and Relief to Those Affected by Coronavirus
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, March 12, 2020
For information from 2015 and earlier, see our labor archives.
ANNUAL LABOR DAY STATEMENTS
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, September 7, 2020
2019 Labor Day Statement | En Español
Bishop Frank J. Dewane September 2, 2019
2018 Labor Day Statement | En Español
Bishop Frank J. Dewane September 3, 2018
2017 Labor Day Statement | En Español
Bishop Frank J. Dewane
September 4, 2017
2016 Labor Day Statement | En Español
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski
September 5, 2016
For a complete list of Labor Day statements, see our Labor Day archives.
PRIMERS, BACKGROUNDERS, AND EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS
Pastoral Reflection Guide Now Available for Labor Day Weekend | en Español
The resource contains homily notes, Prayers of the Faithful, social media announcements, and more.
Backgrounder on Paid Family Leave
Background on Protecting Workers and Promoting the Dignity of Work
Background on Just Wage and the Federal Minimum Wage
Background on Worsening Economic Inequality
Background on Protecting the Rights of Workers in a Globalized Economy
Primer on Labor in Catholic Social Thought
Background on Paid Sick Leave