Labor and Religion

Labor-religion coalitions have become increasingly common throughout the United States. While some may be surprised by this development, most people of faith immediately recognize the natural connection between religious creeds and the mission of organized labor. Both religion and labor celebrate the dignity and worth of the individual and are committed to the concept of economic and social justice. Historically, religious writings have defended the right of workers to form unions that work to improve their lives and their communities. In addition, religious leaders and their organizations have often joined with workers and their unions in public demonstrations intended to inform people about a particular injustice and needed changes. The links on this page contain information that document the religion-labor relationship while providing some of the religious teachings that shape their shared vision of a just society.

Examine your faith’s teaching on worker justice.

“God’s Work: what can faith-based activism do for labor.”
From the May/June 2009 issue of BostonReview, Nancy MacLean, professor of History and African American Studies at Northwestern University, examines the role of religion in the fight for labor equity.

Historical Highlights of the Religion-Labor Movement

Interfaith Worker Justice Website

The Catholic – Labor Network

Pope Francis: Apostolic Exhortation”* Evangeli Gaudium

John Paul II: Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace Compendium
of the Social Doctrine of the Church

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