Letter from Professor Holland about union ‘bosses’

In your Miami Herald article of today (2009-09-03) for the “Local & State” section, the headline objecively announces “Business Leaders … ,” and your article objectively refers to these “business leaders” as “officials,” but then your article subjectively labels the leadership of the other side of the debate as “union bosses.” (Italics added.) I am sure you wish to …

CSWJ SIGN-ON STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE EFCA

Sign-on Statement in Support of the Employee Free Choice Act We speak as scholars who are committed to Catholic Social Teaching concerning the human right of workers to organize employee unions. The Magisterium of the Catholic Church recognizes “the fundamental role played by labor unions, whose existence is connected with the …

Learning from Down Under: Where Labor Policy is Center Stage

by Thomas Kochan Those of us from the U.S. who attended the just concluded World Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association in Sydney, Australia experienced a rare treat and learned firsthand how out of synch are America’s efforts to modernize labor and employment policies with what is happening here …

“Is There a Future for Catholic School Unions in the United States?” by Bob Baker

Forward Catholic school teachers work far more hours than their public school counterparts and are not usually recompensed. Their base pay is generally around 80% of their counterparts and can be much lower and their benefits are almost always less and sometimes they don’t exist at all. Through the years …

A Labor Policy Strategy for Transforming the American Workplace

by Thomas Kochan President-elect Barack Obama has pledged to take immediate actions to respond to the deepening economic crisis and to embark on an ambitious strategy to transform the American economy to once again make it work for all Americans. Such a transformation will require significant changes in the American …

Catholic Social Teaching, EFCA, and the Current Crisis

by Joseph J. Fahey Catholic Social Teaching (CST) states that labor unions “are a positive influence for social order and solidarity, and are therefore an indispensable element of social life.” CST further teaches that “unions have the duty of acting as representatives working for ‘the proper arrangement of economic life’” and must …