Entries by Clayton Sinyai

Airport Workers Rally in Northern Virginia

Most of the workers that keep an airport running – from cabin cleaners, to wheelchair attendants, to food service workers – are employed by contractors, not the airport itself. In the absence of clear and fair labor standards in contract solicitations, vendors slash worker wages and benefits to the bone to submit the lowest bid. […]

Nurses at Austin’s Seton Medical Center Vote Union

This month nurses at Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas voted by a landslide to join National Nurses United (NNU), making Seton the first Catholic hospital in Texas with a union. With 72% in favor of the union, NNU will now represent some 800 nurses at the hospital, part of the Ascension Health chain, a […]

DC Domestic Workers Call for Bill of Rights

Domestic workers are falling through the gaps in our labor and employment laws. That’s why the Catholic Labor Network recently joined dozens of nannies, housekeepers and home-based health care workers from the District and beyond, visiting DC Council members and urging them to support a Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights. Back in the 1930s, when […]

Ultium Workers Vote to Strike for Recognition

A Guest Contribution from CLN Member Pamela Keresztesy Ultium Cells, LLC, a battery plant in Lordstown, Ohio, is a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions. The plant mass produces batteries to support GM’s electrical vehicle assembly and for other industries including aerospace, marine, heavy trucking, and rail. During the construction process, GM […]

County Workers Seek Union Rights

CLN Testifies in Support The right of workers to form unions and bargain collectively is one of the first principles of modern Catholic Social Teaching. Pope Leo XIII first enunciated this right in his 1891 Encyclical Rerum Novarum, and Pope Benedict XIV reaffirmed this teaching in Caritas in Veritate, arguing that “the repeated calls issued […]

Sodexo Workers Rally for Living Wages

Sodexo food service workers from government agencies across Washington DC rallied Tuesday at the Capitol, following a similar action last week in New York City at the Federal Reserve. Represented by the hotel and food service union UNITE HERE, the workers, hard hit by inflation, are calling for a living wage in upcoming contracts. The […]

Free e-book collects Bishops’ Labor Day Statements

A Guest Contribution from CLN Member Greg Guthrie This e-book, Union Communion – Labor Unions and the Catholic Church, presents the Bishops’ authoritative annual Labor Day statements supporting labor unions. These statements are framed by commentary by America’s current preeminent  Labor Priests, “America’s most prominent labor leader,” and the Catholic Labor Network. The book intends […]

Holy Working Men & Women Whom We Can Call in Prayer

A Labor Day Homily by Fr. Sinclair Oubre, Catholic Labor Network Spiritual Moderator In the Spring of 1995, Road Warriors from the United Paperworkers Union came to the Sabine Area Central Labor Committee meeting at the Oil Workers Union Hall in Port Arthur, Texas. They shared with us how the A.E. Staley Company had locked […]

We Just Come to Work Here, We Don’t Come to Die!

A Labor Day Reflection from CLN Spiritual Moderator Fr. Sinclair Oubre   “Cause if it’s always level on the floor where you’re working and your telephone is OSHA approved When you tell me how much you’re spending on safety, pardon me if I’m not moved. Ever since 1970 the law has been on my side. […]