From the TUC

With God on ourside

24 May 2010, By

It’s with thanks to my friends at AFT Local 1581 on the island of Guam www.gftunion.com/ that I pass on this piece of news. “After stopping negotiations for three weeks, Port managers have been calling Union Members into closed door meetings to encourage them to quit the Union.  Not only is this specifically against the law and an act of bad faith while negotiating a contract but it is deemed a mortal sin by the Catholic Church.  

A group of Catholic scholars contends that management efforts to break labor unions are a grave breach of the church’s social doctrine and tantamount to committing mortal sin. A statement from Weymouth, Mass.-based Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice, released May 1, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, offers a detailed argument that actions to thwart union organizing campaigns, stifle contract talks, unilaterally roll back wages and benefits, and break existing labor agreements are a “grave violation of Catholic social doctrine on labor unions.”

“This violation of Catholic doctrine constitutes material grounds for mortal sin because it stands in grave violation of both the letter and spirit of Catholic social doctrine,” said the document, titled “Union Busting Is a Mortal Sin.” To find out more about this go to http://ncronline.org/news/union-busting-mortal-sin-catholic-scholars-say .

You might also want to send messages of support to the AFT on Guam who do a difficult job operating thousands of miles away from mainland USA. Find out how by going to the above AFT link.