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Labor Day 2006: recent stories of NCC support of labor movement
New York, August 31, 2006 – Labor Day was first celebrated in the United States on September 5, 1882 and continues to be observed on the first Monday of September.
Since its inception, the labor movement has been endorsed by religious leaders around the world, in part because Jesus – himself a laborer – advocated a just society in which people were expected to treat one another with fairness ("Do to others as you would have them do to you," NRSV, Matthew 7:12). Jesus also modeled a lifestyle in which heavy labors were balanced with periods of rest and recreation.
The late Pope John Paul II said, "In order to achieve social justice. . . there is a need for ever new movements of solidarity of the workers and with the workers." And throughout its existence, the National Council of Churches and its member communions have worked to support working people through participation in product boycotts to encourage corporations to compensate and treat their workers fairly, campaigns to raise the minimum wage in states and at the federal level, and many other activities.
Links to a partial list of recent NCC actions are here.
November 6, 2003: NCC endorses the Immokalee Workers' boycott of Taco Bell
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