Union-Busting: A Mortal Sin?

“Union busting refers to the action of any person who seeks to prevent employees from forming a labor union, or who attempts to undermine or destroy an existing union. This person is in grave material violation of Catholic Social Doctrine on labor unions.”

So begins an Open Statement recently published by Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice (CSWJ), entitled, “Union Busting Is A Mortal Sin.”

In it, CSWJ notes there are seven ways that “union-busting,” that is, the blocking, undermining, or destroying of a labor union, constitutes material for mortal sin, including:

1. The employer or manager steals the natural right of workers to free association.
2. The employer or manager steals just wages and benefits from workers and their families.
3. The employer or manager steals institutional funds to employ union avoidance firms to harass, intimidate, and divide workers.
4. The employer or manager steals the time of its workers and managers who are forced to take time away from their work (through mandatory meetings) and their families by spending evenings, weekends, months, and years struggling for something that employers should welcome from day one: an employee union in the workplace.

Does any of this sound familiar? Read the rest of the Open Statement here.

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