Entries by Clayton Sinyai

Thoughts on the Postal Crisis from a Letter Carrier

As a former Letter Carrier for the US Postal Service, I have been paying particular attention to recent events in the news – especially the shocking decision by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to slow down mail delivery in order to save the postal service money. As a carrier, I would arrive at the post office […]

In Praise of Collective Bargaining

A Guest Column for Labor Day from CLN Spiritual Moderator Fr. Sinclair Oubre, JCL For a number of years, cries have arisen for greater equity. As we celebrate Labor Day, one of these cries of inequity surrounds pay. “Are men and women, who do the same work, and work the same number of hours receiving […]

Gaudium et Spes Labor Report 2020: 600+ Catholic Institutions with Unions

If you add up all the Churches, schools, hospitals, universities, cemeteries, publications and other institutions, the Catholic Church employs more than one million American workers! That’s a lot of opportunities to evangelize the world by treating our employees in accordance with Catholic Social Teaching — or to scandalize the faithful by failing to do so. […]

CLN Hosts First Annual Online Labor Day Mass: Sept 7, 2pm ET

When Kentucky legislators proposed anti-union “right to work” legislation in 2017, Bishop John Stowe of Lexington Diocese spoke out boldly in defense of Catholic Social Teaching on unions and worker justice. Please join us Monday September 7 at 2pm ET for the Catholic Labor Network’s first annual livestreamed Labor Day Mass, celebrated by Bishop Stowe! […]

Tuesday, August 11: Day of Prayer and Fasting for Workers Impacted by the Pandemic

Today some thirty million American workers displaced from their jobs by the pandemic have lost their lifelines, because the supplemental unemployment benefits provided by the CARES Act have expired and most have lost their employer-paid health care. Millions of other workers in hospitals and nursing homes, supermarkets and meatpacking plants, buses and metro trains – […]

Catholic Labor Network Statement on Police Unions and Racism

Recent events have reminded all of the deep wounds of racism that continue to afflict the United States, and of the particular problem of racist violence in our systems of policing and criminal justice. The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police has inspired wide-ranging discussions of this issue and possible remedies, […]

How can we reconcile religious freedom and the rights of workers at Catholic institutions?

In an important legal decision at the intersection of worker rights and religious freedom, the Supreme Court has ruled that Catholic school teachers are not protected from employment discrimination due to age or disability, because the first amendment forbids the US government from interfering in religious institutions. The decision addressed two cases at different schools […]