For nearly 50 years, workers at The Catholic Spirit newspaper have been represented by a union. Now, Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has decided these workers are no longer worthy of union representation. When the current union contract expires June 30, the work and some of the workers of The Catholic Spirit will move to a non-unionized work place within a new communications department of the archdiocese.
The announced action by the archdiocese conflicts with Catholic teachings about the value of labor and and collective bargaining to bring social justice to workers. Though federal law is not definitive regarding the rights of union representation at religious institutions, Archbishop Nienstedt has refused to voluntarily recognize the Minnesota Newspaper Guild Typographical Union, CWA Local 37002, as the bargaining agent for work the union has represented since 1965.
Please contact Archbishop Nienstedt to protest this action and to tell him to recognize the union.
Mail: Archbishop John Nienstedt
Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis
226 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN55102
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