The National Catholic Review

Clayton Sinyai

DETERMINED TO PURSUE CO-DETERMINATION: In an update on a storyline central to Thomas Geoghegan’s recent book Only One Thing Can Save Us (see America review here), the United Auto Workers union has presented a draft proposal for a German-style works council for Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant.

Employers responsible for a fatal accident paid a median penalty of only $5,050.

Bishops concerned over cuts to programs that serve the poor and vulnerable.

Popes since Leo XIII have supported workers' associations.

Board made considerable effort to vindicate just demands of both universities and adjuncts

Adjunct instructors at St. Michael's

Soon after Georgetown’s adjunct faculty and administration modeled collaborative labor-management relations for the world in their recent contract negotiations, faculty at another Catholic campus have opted for union representation. Adjuncts at St. Michael's College in Vermont  have voted 2-1 to form a union.

Is the decline of stable, blue-collar jobs related to falling marriage rates?

Two years of organizing and bargaining at Georgetown University came to a successful conclusion October 28 when adjunct instructors there ratified a proposed contract reached in September. (See also Kevin Clarke’s Oct. 10 post).

Growing movement helps formerly incarcerated gain employment

Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, Chair of the U.S.C.C.B. Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, has issued this year’s Labor Day Statement on behalf of the bishops' conference. As always, the statement is a powerful call to live out our faith, and gives us “the chance to see how work in America matches up to the lofty ideals of our Catholic tradition.”