An Initiative of the Catholic Labor Network
In 2012, a remarkable story in Catholic labor relations reached a happy conclusion after nine years of conflict. Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital’s health care workers secured their first union contract – and by most accounts what had been a bitter struggle for many years had given way to amicable and cooperative labor relations. How did it happen?
Adam Reich, whose book With God on Our Side traces the story of the long organizing effort, will share the story at the 2013 Catholic Labor Network meeting. Join us Saturday February 9th at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington DC to hear Reich and more:
- Father Clete Kiley will discuss the initiative to train a new generation of American labor priests
- Cal Watson, Georgetown University’s Director of Business Policy and Planning, will share how Georgetown’s “Just Employment Policy” has helped foster fair and cooperative labor relations at the nation’s oldest Catholic university
- Thom Shellabarger of Interfaith Worker Justice will speak on the theme of “Catholic Social Teaching and Work”
- Staff from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Justice, Peace and Human Development office will give a brief attendees on the Capitol Hill scene from a Catholic social justice perspective
Join us in DC for our annual meeting – a wraparound session held in conjunction with the USCCB Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG). There are two ways to register:
1) Register online through the USCCB website. If you will be attending the whole four-day CSMG program you MUST choose this option.
2) Print a hard copy of the registration form from the Catholic Labor Network website and submit it by mail with your check. If you choose this option, your check MUST be received by January 25, 2013.
SEE YOU THERE!
Catholic Institutions in Labor Disputes
Manhattan College, New York NY, St. Xavier University, Chicago IL, and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh PA. Adjunct faculty at all three schools are seeking to organize, but the schools are seeking a ruling from the US NLRB exempting them from National Labor Relations Act coverage. The schools are arguing that if they choose not to recognize and bargain with representatives of their employees, the NLRB cannot order them to do so because they are religious institutions. In other words, these colleges argue that they are TOO Catholic to be subject to the Labor Board but NOT Catholic ENOUGH to honor Catholic social teaching!
Our Lady of Lourdes, New York, NY. When the Archdiocese of New York restructured and made the 10 High Schools of the Catholic High School Association independent, the administration of OUr Lay of Lourdes dismissed a teacher active in The Lay Faculty Association Local 255 (LIUNA) in what appears to be an attempt to bust the union. The union has filed Unfair Labor Practice charges; hearings are underway at the New York Public Employee Representation Board (PERB).
Words to Live By
Through the combination of social and economic change, trade union organizations experience greater difficulty in carrying out their task of representing the interests of workers… The repeated calls issued within the Church’s social doctrine, beginning with Rerum Novarum, for the promotion of workers’ associations that can defend their rights must therefore be honoured today even more than in the past…
Benedict XV, Caritas in Veritate