Archbishop Blaise Cupich Address to the Chicago Federation of Labor

“Work and unions are important not simply for what a worker ‘gets,’ but how they enable a worker to provide for a family and participate in the workplace and society. Unions are important not simply for helping workers get more, but helping workers be more, to have a voice, a place to make a contribution to the good of the whole enterprise, to fellow workers and the whole of society.”

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:

In a marketplace where too often the quarterly bottom line takes precedence over the rights of workers, we believe that the economy must serve people, not the other way around. Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected, the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to organize and join unions, to private property, and to economic initiative. Respecting these rights promotes an economy that protects human life, defends human rights, and advances the well-being of all.

Resources on Catholic Social Teaching and Unions

Selected Quotations From Catholic Social Thought on the Rights and Responsibilities of Workers and Labor Unions

“On the Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers”

U.S.C.C.B., Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions

Recent Press Coverage of Unions and Catholic Universities

John Gehring, “A Catholic-Labor Revival?”, Commonweal

Gerald C. Beyer, Donald C. Carrol, “Battling Adjunct Unions Fails Legal and Moral Tests,” National Catholic Register

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