He calls to unions to work for the common good.
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin — The protests amongst the Wisconsin’s tens of thousands of public employees against the proposed bill that would limit the collective bargaining rights of unions, as well as the cost of pension and health care benefits, the Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee is affirming the rights of workers and the value of unions.
The archbishop said, “The Church is well aware that difficult economic times call for hard choices and financial responsibility to further the common good.” He also adds, “but hard times do not nullify the moral obligation each of us has to respect the legitimate rights of workers.”
However, an acknowledgement from the president of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference, who stated, “it does not follow from this that every claim made by workers or their representatives is valid. Every union, like every other economic actor, is called to work for the common good, to make sacrifices when required, and to adjust to new economic realities.”
“However, it is equally a mistake to marginalize or dismiss unions as impediments to economic growth.”
“It is especially in times of crisis that ‘new forms of cooperation’ and open communication become essential. We request that lawmakers carefully consider the implications of this proposal and evaluate it in terms of its impact on the common good,” the archbishop concludes.
“We also appeal to everyone — lawmakers, citizens, workers, and labor unions — to move beyond divisive words and actions and work together, so that Wisconsin can recover in a humane way from the current fiscal crisis.”
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