The Pope Supports Unions!

that’s what you get for firing union-covered workers!

Pope Benedict XVI said in an encyclical earlier this week that it’s a moral imperative to preserve workers’ ability to organize into unions.

The leader of the Catholic Church wrote:

Through the combination of social and economic change, trade union organizations experience greater difficulty in carrying out their task of representing the interests of workers, partly because Governments, for reasons of economic utility, often limit the freedom or the negotiating capacity of labor unions. Hence traditional networks of solidarity have more and more obstacles to overcome. The repeated calls issued within the Church’s social doctrine, beginning with Rerum Novarum, for the promotion of workers’ associations that can defend their rights must therefore be honored today even more than in the past, as a prompt and far-sighted response to the urgent need for new forms of cooperation at the international level, as well as the local level.

He also says that unions should stay the heck out of politics, but:
“Civil society [is] the proper setting for their necessary activity of defending and promoting labour, especially on behalf of exploited and unrepresented workers, whose woeful condition is often ignored by the distracted eye of society.”

Even if you’re not Catholic you can appreciate the Pope’s support of the little guy, whom some news organizations have apparently been ignoring lately.

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