Executive Council Action

Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 10:15am - Monday, March 28, 2011 - 7:00pm

 
Deuteronomy 24:14 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.
 
Jeremiah 22:13 Woe to him … who makes his neighbors work for nothing, and does not give them their wages.
 
James 5:4 The wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.
 
In 1997, the 21st General Synod of the United Church of Christ passed a resolution “Affirming Democratic Principles in an Emerging Global Economy.” It included the following statements:
 
Be it resolved that the 21st General Synod reaffirms the heritage of the United Church of Christ as an advocate for just, democratic, participatory and inclusive economic policies in both public and private sectors, including … the responsibility of workers to organize for collective bargaining with employers regarding wages, benefits and working conditions, and the responsibility of employers to respect not only worker rights but also workers’ dignity, and to create and maintain a climate conducive to the workers’ autonomous decision to organize … (and) the responsibility of governments at all levels to foster a more democratic system by seeking balance among the rights and interests of citizens, workers, and corporations.
 
It is the judgment of the Executive Council of First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Madison, that the Budget Repair Bill proposed by the Governor of Wisconsin and being considered by the Wisconsin legislature is in violation of the letter and spirit of the biblical message of God’s active concern for workers. The United Church of Christ affirmed in 1997 the right and responsibility of workers to organize for collective bargaining about wages, benefits and working conditions, the responsibility of employers to respect workers rights and dignity, and the responsibility of governments to foster a more democratic system. The Budget Repair Bill violates the rights of workers and ignores the responsibility of employers and governments. We urge the Governor, the Legislature, and the affected parties to discuss and negotiate these issues, for the benefit of all the citizens of Wisconsin.
 

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 9:18 am in Featured Content.

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