Catholic Labor Network Meets in D.C.
by Stuart Elliott
The Catholic Labor Network is holding its annual meeting in conjunction with the Social Ministry Gathering of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The CLN will be held Saturday, February 9, 2013, from 9am to 3:30pm at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park at 2660 Woodley Road NW. The theme will be “Church and Labor: Faith Completed by Works” In addition, many participants will stay,and actively take part in the entire Catholic Social Ministry Gathering.
The keynote speaker for the Catholic Labor Network will be Father Clete Kiley currently on leave from the Archdiocese of Chicago and leading work on immigration reform for UNITEHERE. This year he has attracted considerable media attention for his initiative to train a new generation of “labor priests.”
Other speakers will include:
- A representative from the USCCB Office of Justice, Peace and Human Development, who will review public policy issues of 2012 like collective bargaining, the budget, and unemployment insurance, from the Bishops’ perspective
- Adam Reich, author of With God on Our Side: The Struggle for Worker Rights at a Catholic Hospital. He will talk about how a ten year union organizing dispute concluded with union recognition for the workers of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital – and how workers and management have since moved beyond conflict to surprisingly positive labor relations.
On Sunday as the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering convenes from 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m there will be a Mass with the Catholic Labor Network.