Bishop Blaire Reflects On the Human Costs And Moral Challenges Of A Broken Economy In U.S. Bishops’ Labor Day Statement

Bishop Blaire Reflects On the Human Costs And Moral Challenges Of A Broken Economy In U.S. Bishops’ Labor Day Statement 

“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 

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Bishop Blaire Reflects On the Human Costs And Moral Challenges Of A Broken Economy In U.S. Bishops’ Labor Day Statement

“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. 

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