Blessed be the Union Busters? Although worker rights are a key principle of the Church’s social teaching, some Catholic colleges are resisting their faculty’s efforts to organize by claiming a religious exemption from federal labor law. Yet Catholic universities that do embrace the right to a union, such as Georgetown and Saint Mary’s, say their decision comes down to Catholic values.
If you read one piece on Friedrichs, let it be this. Shaun Richman makes a brilliant case that the labor movement’s best hope for revival are strikes and direct action that align worker demands with the broader common good. Writing for In These Times, he highlights three campaigns doing just that: Fight for 15, Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, and Bargaining for the Common Good.