Monday, June 25, 2012

Supporting Catholic Spirit Workers

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.

Telephone: 651-291-4511
Mail: Archbishop John Nienstedt
Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis
226 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN55102

Recommended Off-site Link:
Video: Catholic Spirit Workers, Supporters Protest Outside CathedralUnion Advocate (June 24, 2012).

1 comment:

  1. One thing that would really help is for you to get 1,000 people to subscribe to the Spirit.