What is the Catholic Labor Network?

The Catholic Labor Network is a place for Catholics — lay, religious and clergy — who find inspiration in Catholic Social Teaching on labor and work, and wish to share it with the world. We come together to exchange information about the Church and social justice and to support working people in their struggles. We promote the cause of workers and Catholic social teaching in our labor unions, parishes and other organizations.

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The Catholic Labor Network is a 501c3 organization incorporated in the District of Columbia.

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CATHOLIC LABOR NETWORK
209 Maguire Hall • Georgetown University
37th and O Streets NW
Washington, DC 20057

703-967-1841

LEADERSHIP



Philip Tabbita – President

Phil Tabbita is the Manager of Negotiation Support and Special Projects for the American Postal Workers Union (APWU). He has been a member of the APWU since 1970 and has been involved in every round of collective bargaining since 1981. Phil’s role at the APWU is to serve as executive assistant to the president, support collective bargaining, and act as a union advocate in arbitration among other jobs. Phil is active in the Knights of Columbus and is an usher at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.


Adrienne Alexander – Vice President

Adrienne Alexander serves as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for AFSCME in Illinois. Adrienne lives in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, with her husband and daughter. They attend St. Benedict the African in the Englewood neighborhood. She is a board member of Arise Chicago, a nonprofit organization that works at the intersection of faith & workers’ rights, and the Catholic Labor Network. Adrienne is a graduate of Agnes Scott College, a small, women’s college in Georgia, and earned her Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota.


Joseph McCartin – Treasurer

Joseph A McCartin is a Professor of History at Georgetown University and the Executive Director of the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor. Joe grew up in the Catholic working-class milieu of Troy, NY. His Catholic education led him to the Jesuit-run College of Holy Cross where he studied history under David J. O’Brien. His college studies led him to an interest in Catholic social teaching, the Catholic Worker movement, and the economic injustices in our society. After spending a short time doing community and labor organizing, he went to graduate school to study labor history. After teaching at the University of Rhode Island and the State University of New York at Geneseo, he returned to his roots in Jesuit higher education at Georgetown. In 2009, Joe formed the Kalmanovitz Initiative, the purpose of which is to direct student and faculty energy towards engaging with the problems workers face today and understanding the long history of those problems.


Catherine Orr – Recording Secretary

Catherine Orr began actively working in ministry in 2011 and has been serving as the Program Coordinator for the Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors since September 2016.  Catherine previously sat on the Roundtable board from 2012-2016 when she was working as the diocesan director for the Department of Living Justice in the Diocese of Green Bay. Her family relocated to Youngstown, Ohio in August 2016, and while living there, she worked in the Social Action Office for Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Cleveland. Two years later, her family returned to southeastern Wisconsin, and she began ministering as the Pastoral Associate at Lumen Christi Parish in Mequon, a position she continues to hold today.


Chuck Hendricks — Financial Secretary

Chuck Hendricks is Director of National Contracts and Internal Support for UNITEHERE International Union.  Chuck grew up in Baltimore and was 19 when his daughter was born. He struggled as a painter to make ends meet and decided to form a union. This gave him a passion for organizing and he became a full-time organizer with the Unite Here union. Chuck converted to Catholicism after attending mass at St. Ignatius in Chicago. He is a member of St. Vincent de Paul where he and his wife, Amber, are active in parish life.


Fr. Sinclair Oubre – Spiritual Moderator

Fr. Sinclair K. Oubre, J.C.L. is the pastor of St. Francis of Assisi in Orange, TX in the Diocese of Beaumont and a member of the Seafarers International Union. Fr. Sinclair knew from about the 4th grade that he wanted to be a priest and entered the seminary immediately after high school. As a seminarian, he would spend summers on merchant marine ships running Cameron, Louisiana to Gulf drilling rigs on workboats, and between Texas and Florida. After priestly ordination, he joined the Seafarers Union, with which he continues to maintain his membership. For more than 30 years, Fr. Sinclair has been active in labor movement. During the famed Staley lockout in Decatur IL., He organized a conference of other labor priests, deacons, and laity which led to the formation of the Catholic Labor Network in 1996. He continues to serve as Spiritual Moderator for the group. He is also Chaplain to the Sabine Area Central Labor Council, Diocesan Director of the Apostleship of the Sea in the Diocese of Beaumont, and member of the United States Merchant Marine.


Patti Devlin – Board Member

Patti Edwards Devlin serves as Federation Liaison to the General President of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), an international construction union. She represents LIUNA in national issue advocacy groups, partnerships and coalitions, often serving in leadership and board advisory roles, having served on National Building Trades of North America’s Tradeswomen Committee, Working America, Partnership for Working Families, the Catholic Labor Network and the Labor Project for Working Families. She has been active in the labor movement since joining the staff of the United Mine Workers in 1986 and has spent over twenty years as a union organizer. She is active in St. Patrick’s in Rockville, MD and has served in number of leadership roles, including the Parish Advisory Council and the St. Brigid of Ireland Ministry.


Stephen Jackson – Board Member

Stephen Jackson is a tireless worker for justice and wherever he sees injustice, he gets involved and takes action. He is active in an array of interfaith and Catholic social justice organizations and living out Pope Paul VI’s exhortation “If you want peace, work for justice”. In 2009 he became active with the Warehouse Workers for Justice and since then has been part of a fight to improve working conditions in warehouses and living wages in the Chicago area. He is active in his church, Christ the Servant, in Woodridge, IL.


Fr. Clete Kiley — Board Member

Fr. Clete Kiley is the Director for Immigration Policy for the hotel and food service union UNITE HERE and serves as the Chaplain of the Chicago Federation of Labor, and as a Special Advisor to Cardinal Cupich in Chicago. Fr. Clete grew up in Chicago and attended a preparatory high school seminary and became an ordained priest in 1974. He has been active in labor and immigration issues for most of his career. He was on the national staff of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and was President of the Faith & Politics Institute. In 2010 he joined Unite Here to build community and faith coalitions around labor and immigration issues.


Clayton Sinyai — Executive Director

Clayton Sinyai is the Executive Director of the Catholic Labor Network, an association of Catholic union activists and clergy, religious and laity committed to Catholic Social Teaching on labor and work. A former rubberworker, railroad clerk, and letter carrier, he has spent the past two decades in a variety of union staff roles as a researcher, organizer, and communications director. Clayton is a member of (Construction) Laborers’ Union Local 11 (LIUNA) in Washington DC and is a charter member of Knights of Columbus Council 17056 in his home parish of St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Falls Church VA. He’s also the author of Schools of Democracy: A Political History of the American Labor Movement (Cornell, 2006).