The Church and Construction Procurement

Construction of Churches and Catholic Schools is normally let out to General Contractors, who in turn can employ multiple tiers of subcontractors. Generally, if a construction owner selects union contractors, the owner can be confident all workers employed on the project will earn a living wage and enjoy employer-paid health insurance — whereas construction workers who are not represented by a union seldom enjoy employer-paid insurance and in some trades earn poverty wages as well.

In the past, Bishops have frequently limited bidding for church and school construction to firms with union contracts — a simple way to ensure that Catholic social justice principles were protected for those working on church construction projects. Below find a copy of a typical policy of this kind, one used by the Diocese of Youngstown (OH).