Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers

 

In a marketplace where too often the quarterly bottom line takes precedence over the rights of workers, we believe that the economy must serve people, not the other way around. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected — the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to organize and join unions, to private property and to economic initiative.

How can we live out this teaching?

First, learn more:

 

Then act:
 

  • How can you personally treat those who work with you justly and with respect?
    o  If you are an employer, what working conditions and wages to you provide for your employees?
    o  If you are an employee, how do you see yourself as having dignity in your workplace?
     
  • Advocate politically
    o  Engage in discussion and talk to your legislators about fair wages and working conditions.
    o  Vote for those who support the rights of workers.
     
  • Treat all with respect
    o  Do you view others differently depending on their job or income? Why? How can you respect everyone?
    o  Do you see the value of the work you do, not based on the wage or respect, but as a gift to God in all you do?