When the US Catholic Bishops invoke the rich history of Catholic social teaching to defend the rights of labor, all of the faithful can learn from their words. When Catholic hospitals, schools and universities respect workers’ right to organize, the faithful can learn from their actions.
Today the Catholic Labor Network is pleased to release its 2016 Gaudium et Spes Labor Report, featuring a list of approximately 500 Catholic institutions employing union labor.
Did you know, for instance, that more than 350 Catholic elementary, middle and high schools in the United States have union contracts with their teachers? Although these schools are exempt from the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency that protects workers’ rights, that doesn’t mean they can’t have unions. Many Diocesan school systems model Catholic social teaching by bargaining with the unions their teachers have chosen anyway.
The list also includes roughly 150 Catholic hospitals and nursing homes, more than 30 Catholic colleges and universities, and a variety of other institutions such as Diocesan newspapers, Catholic cemeteries, and social service agencies – even the cafeteria workers at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Washington DC.
The list is broken down by state and Diocese. Take a look and check out which Catholic employers in your area are exhibiting their fidelity to Catholic social teaching with their actions… and thank both management and labor for their witness!