Are Catholic Hospitals “Respecting the Just Rights of Workers”?

In the summer of 2009, after years of dialogue between the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic hospitals (typically operated by religious orders), and labor unions that represent health care workers, the three groups issued a joint document on “Respecting the Just Rights of Workers.” It was hoped that the principles in the document would provide for a more civil dialogue based on mutual respect between labor and management – a model of Catholic social thought in the world that would reduce the conflict and mutual hostility that had often attended union organizing campaigns. How has it worked out in practice?

Representatives of the USCCB, Catholic Hospitals, the AFL-CIO and several healthcare labor unions will meet in Washington DC on Saturday, Feb.12 -- before the USCCB Catholic Social Ministry Gathering -- to discuss their experience, positive and negative, since the document was issued. (Interested in participating? Follow this link and choose Daily Gathering Registration, then Catholic Labor Network; registration closes Friday.)

Advertisement

 

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.

Advertisement

The latest from america

Police tell The Associated Press that the incident happened Tuesday afternoon at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Campinas, a city about 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of from Sao Paulo.
Associated PressDecember 11, 2018
Catholic representatives worked to keep negotiations on track for a comprehensive deal to address global warming as the U.N. climate change conference entered its second and final week in Katowice, Poland.
The bishops also approved two proposals made by their safeguarding commission concerning the protection of minors and vulnerable adults.
How can we spare the time to let others know of our care and concern?
Elizabeth Kirkland CahillDecember 11, 2018