“This Labor Day, the economic facts are stark and the human costs are real: millions of our sisters and brothers are without work, raising children in poverty and haunted by fears about their economic security,” said Bishop Stephen E. Blaire …
Labor Day is usually a time of rest, relaxation, and celebration; however this year is less a time for celebration and more a time for reflection and action on the economic hardships experienced by workers and their families. Our economy is broken in serious ways:
- About 14 million workers are unemployed. We see the stories and pictures of hundreds, even thousands, lining up for the chance to simply apply for work.
- There are increasing numbers of children (more than 15 million) and families living in poverty.
- Economic tensions are further dividing and polarizing our nation and our public life with attacks on unions, immigrants, and other vulnerable groups.
- Economic weakness and turmoil increase fear, uncertainty, and insecurity for retirees, families, and businesses.
Complete statement text En Espanol.
Other Resources for Labor Day
- A Catholic Framework for Economic Life
- Primer on the Rights and Responsibilities of Workers and Labor Unions
- “Labor in the Pulpit” resources from Interfaith Worker Justice
- Faith Advocates for Jobs, an initiative of Interfaith Worker Justice with the support of the USCCB