PRESS RELEASE: Catholics Call on Wisconsin’s Elected Officials to Suspend Attacks on Workers

Posted February 17, 2011

Catholics United joins Milwaukee Archbishop in recognizing the importance of unions

Washington, DC - Catholics United executive director Chris Korzen issued the following statement today in response to the Wisconsin legislature's efforts to strip many state employees of their right to bargain collectively. According to Catholic doctrine, trade unions are an essential component of a fair economy, and all workers have the right to negotiate improvements in wages and working conditions.

“Catholics United is proud to stand in solidarity with the working people of Wisconsin in their struggle for dignity and justice. We urge the Wisconsin legislature to honor the contribution of the state's pubic service employees by voting 'NO' on this backward-thinking assault on the right to organize and bargain collectively.

We also offer our heartfelt thanks to Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki for publicly affirming the Catholic church's support for trade unionism.

Our nation owes its prosperity to the sacrifices made every day by teachers, nurse aids, correctional offices, and other public employees. These individuals deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, not as bargaining chips in a political fight over budget policy.”

On Wednesday, February 16th, Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki issued a statement reaffirming the Catholic church’s support for the rights of workers and the important contribution unions make to the common good. His statement can be accessed on the web site of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.