Union made in China

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Article Politics Social Justice
Workers might have to go half way around the world to celebrate Labor Day this year. 

In the United States the union movement still endures a regular excoriation at the hands of the right-wing media any time economic issues come up in the news, but the truth is this emperor not only doesn't have any clothes, he barely has teeth. With a diminishing hand in 7 percent of private industry, the great power of the unions in the United States, despite apparently unironic conservative fear-mongering, was broken decades ago.


Union made in China

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Politics Social Justice
Workers might have to go half way around the world to celebrate Labor Day this year. 

In the United States the union movement still endures a regular excoriation at the hands of the right-wing media any time economic issues come up in the news, but the truth is this emperor not only doesn't have any clothes, he barely has teeth. With a diminishing hand in 7 percent of private industry, the great power of the unions in the United States, despite apparently unironic conservative fear-mongering, was broken decades ago.


Preferential option for the Pentagon?

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Article Social Justice War and Peace
As the debt-ceiling debate stumbles toward resolution, this May 2005 column about the 2006 federal budget shows how little things have changed when it comes to our priorities.

The 2006 federal budget is slightly less than six gazillion pages of eye-straining statistics, outlandish bureaucratic acronyms, and unspeakable Orwellian babble, bound in no-nonsense government blue and suitable for months of obsessive home study or as a sturdy bludgeon against domestic intruders.


Rerum roots: A brief history of American Catholic support for unions

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Article Scripture and Theology Social Justice
Cardinal James Gibbons' support for the Knights of Labor in the late 19th century helped lay the groundwork for Rerum Novarum.

U.S. cardinal should get some credit for being an impetus for Rerum Novarum, the first papal encyclical that spoke to the rights of workers.


Labor pains: What Wisconsin tells us about Catholics and unions

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Article Social Justice
Catholics have a long history of support for unions, but the recent protests in Wisconsin show how strained the relationship has become.

Veteran Catholic lawmaker Timothy Cullen was the last Wisconsin Democratic state senator to leave Madison on a chilly winter morning this past February. The other 13 had already fled the capital and across the Illinois state line, immune from any attempt to force them back to vote on the usually mundane budgetary fix to adjust the state budget.


Leave no trace: "Uncontacted" people in South America

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Article Environment Social Justice
The modern world threatens the existence of a small group of our own species.

Multinational mining interests, illegal logging, and slash-and-burn agriculture are among the many threats to the fragile ecosystems of South America’s rain forests. Efforts to protect them often cite the important role of rain forests as a preserve of plant and animal biodiversity or focus on their importance as the “lungs of the world.”


Leave no trace: "Uncontacted" people in South America

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Environment Social Justice
The modern world threatens the existence of a small group of our own species.

Multinational mining interests, illegal logging, and slash-and-burn agriculture are among the many threats to the fragile ecosystems of South America’s rain forests. Efforts to protect them often cite the important role of rain forests as a preserve of plant and animal biodiversity or focus on their importance as the “lungs of the world.”


The Gospel of Ayn Rand: What's informing budget policy

By John Gehring| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Politics Social Justice
The politics of radical individualism threatens the common good.

The Gospel of Ayn Rand: What's informing budget policy

By John Gehring| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Politics Social Justice
The politics of radical individualism threatens the common good.

Take no chances: Survey on church gambling

By Beth Haile| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Social Justice

Editors' note: Sounding Board is one person’s take on a many-sided subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


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