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  • Peg

    Thanks for this post. Every time I’ve mentioned a need for strong unions I get strange looks from Christians particularly those of a conservative bent. I’ve heard everything from corruption to tool of the devil. I don’t get this.

    Yea some unions have had corruption but we are overwhelmed by management corruption suppreses wages and offshorinf of us jobs. People work in fear these days and won’t speak up over injustice — we need balance.

    My husband was an air traffic controller fired by Reagan in 1980. It was done to weaken the postal workers union and belied what Reagan told the controllers while campaigning. My husband was on vacation at the time. The paperwork for that along with others were destroyed at Chicago center. I will always be grateful to Rep James Oberatar of Minn for uncovering and pursuing that scandal. It didn’t help that Jackie Presser sold the Teamsters and labor out to Reagan and helped make this happen. These ATC’a were blackballed from other employers for years.

    We need strong and ethically labor unions now more than ever to protect American workers. Pope Leo’s encyclical on “Capitol and Labor” is a wise teaching on balance here. Thanks

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Peg, I think what you’re experiencing is the behavior of people who confuse following Christ with following a political viewpoint, or a political party. Many times, they’ve been misled by bad shepherds who have twisted the Scriptures to confirm political policies. Both the right and left wing do this. They’re very good at seeing the other sides’ heresies but blind to their own.

      In truth, labor unions are human institutions with the failings of all human institutions. However, they have been the source of much good in Western society. It was a labor union, Solidarity, that began the fall of Communism. Also, Pope after Pope has taught that workers have the right to join together and to strike in seeking a just wage and human treatment.

      “Thanks for this post. Every time I’ve mentioned a need for strong unions I get strange looks from Christians particularly those of a conservative bent. I’ve heard everything from corruption to tool of the devil. I don’t get this.”

  • Peg

    Rebecca as usual you are right on regarding the confusion of following Christ vs political views, bad shepherds and the necessity and blue of unions. So many good union workers have done the heavy lifting for us in this country in so many ways that they deserve our support and gratitude. We desperately need a Solidarity movement here more than ever.

    These bad shepherds are all over our mass media and use Christians for political purposes. This is dividing our church and wounding the unity that Christ prayed for the night before he died. The day we had our first HHS rally inside our Capitol there was a union rally outside. It was a remarkable day to witness faith and freedom in action. Here’s to a day where our faith rises above politics and deception and illuminates a better way. Thanks


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