Worker Justice in the United States
(Also see Sweatshops and Fair, not “Free,” Trade)
You shall not withhold the wages of poor and
needy laborers, whether other Israelites or aliens who reside in your land in
one of your towns. Deuteronomy 24:14
that our loving God cares about all aspects of our lives, including our work
lives. Conditions and events at work absorb our energy, occupy our minds, and
impact our psyches when we are both at work and home. Our work situations can
be fulfilling and empowering or demeaning and humiliating.
workers confront particularly unjust situations such as extremely low pay,
unsafe conditions, racism, or sexism. All workers, whatever their position in
the hierarchy of jobs, may suffer from indignities, large and small, that
cripple their spirit and hinder their journey to greater wholeness.
of all jobs in the United
States pay wages so low that a full-time
worker cannot keep a family out of poverty. For some, the biggest problem is no
job at all. Even when the economy is considered to be "strong,"
millions of people who want to work cannot find a job or can only find a
reign does not stop at the door to the workplace. The Church is called to seek
out and accompany people wherever they are. So the church must also be in our
offices, factories, stores, farms, schools, and all the places where people
UCC General Synod Resolutions and Pronouncements
Affirming Democratic Principles in an emerging global economy (General Synod 21, 1999): support for
unions, corporations to uphold human rights, advocate for just, democratic,
participatory, and inclusive economic policies.
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