Entries by Clayton Sinyai

Tenet-St. Vincent’s Strike Drags On

Readers of this blog will be familiar with our questions about what happens when for-profit corporations purchase Catholic hospitals. No man can serve two masters, our Lord reminded us (Mt 6:24). These tie-ups inevitably bring a tug-of-war between the mission of a Catholic hospital and the mission of delivering profits to shareholders. The St Vincent’s […]

Strike Continues at Mercy Hospital

At Buffalo’s Mercy Hospital, a strike by some 2,500 nurses and other health care workers is dragging into its second week. The workers, represented by CWA Local 1133, began their strike on Oct. 1. Nurses at the hospital say that inadequate staffing is causing enormous stress on the existing workforce and is damaging the quality […]

Webinar: Hilton Hotels is Playing Dirty with its Housekeepers

Did you know that Hilton is using COVID-19 as an opportunity to end daily housekeeping and eliminate housekeepers’ jobs? It’s a dirty trick. The hotel chain is telling CUSTOMERS that routine daily room cleaning has been eliminated due to the pandemic, while telling INVESTORS that this is the new normal that will enable the hotels […]

Catholic Labor Network in the News

The Catholic Labor Network stepped up for vulnerable and low-income workers during the pandemic, and people are taking notice. That’s why our work is the focus of the recently released CCHD Quarterly Newsletter. Check out Catholic Labor Network: Defending Workers During and Beyond the Pandemic

On This Labor Day…

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ of Blessed Sacrament Church has been standing with and comforting the workers of the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. He offers these thoughts on Labor Day. On This Labor Day… Insecurity, fear of the unknown, and anxiety have been heightened for many during this pandemic.  Unfortunately, the debilitating impact of COVID-19 […]

Tell Chateau Marmont to Recall Workers Today!

In March 2020, Hollywood’s famous Chateau Marmont hotel responded to the pandemic by firing virtually its entire workforce, leaving workers who had dedicated decades of their lives to the hotel without job security or health coverage during the public health crisis. Many of the hotel’s workers have since spoken out about their experiences working at […]

Catholic Labor Network Report Documents More Than 600 Catholic Institutions with Unions

Did you know that more than 1 million American workers are employed by Catholic institutions? It’s true – our Church, in conducting worship, educating the faithful and engaging in corporal works of mercy has built a veritable empire of Churches, hospitals, nursing homes, colleges, schools and social service agencies. These institutions offer us the opportunity […]

Columbia, MD Hotel Workers Fighting to Save Their Jobs

Sandra Mendoza (center), a parishioner at St John the Evangelist, worked at the hotel for 29 years before the pandemic temporarily closed the facility. When it reopens she hopes to resume her work, but but the owner is seeking to replace the entire workforce. With the pandemic receding, most hotels are resuming operations and beginning […]

Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act advances to Senate floor

US Bishops endorse PWFA On August 3, in a bipartisan 19-2 Health, Employment and Labor Committee vote, the Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act (PWFA) was sent to the floor of the US Senate. On August 9, the US Bishops’ Committees on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Pro-Life, and Defense of Marriage sent an unusual joint letter […]

Remembering Rich Trumka, AFL-CIO President

The Catholic Labor Network mourns the loss of AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka last week. Trumka was a champion of working families and a friend of the Network. As a Catholic union leader, his faith and his vocation pointed in the same direction: solidarity, the key concept bridging the world of labor and Church. A third-generation […]