Volume > Issue > Is a Union Good or Bad?

Is a Union Good or Bad?

CHRIST & NEIGHBOR

By John C. Cort | September 1985

When last we met we were discussing the am­biguous record of Roman Catholic institutions to­ward trade unions, particularly as analyzed in an excellent pamphlet written by Ed Marciniak. We agreed to continue the discussion by addressing the question why anti-unionism is not a “legitimate moral, Christian, Catholic option.”

The title of this column — “Is a Union Good or Bad?” — is a foolish question, a foolish title, and we stuck it up there only to lure the unwary read­er into reading the column, if only to find out why anyone should ask such a foolish question.

The question is foolish because a union is a human organization and it is either good or bad de­pending on the human beings who control it, some being very good, some very bad, and the rest somewhere on a continuum in between.

Unionism is something else. Unionism is sim­ply the principle that human beings working to­gether may derive benefits from banding together in an organization, usually called a union, guild, or association, on the elementary basis that “in union there is strength.”

Enjoyed reading this?

READ MORE! REGISTER TODAY

SUBSCRIBE

You May Also Enjoy

A Religious Revival?

Life in the U.S.A. gives off mixed signals. T.V. religion has taken a pratfall, and…

The Piper Must be Paid — and Other Bad News

You can’t go on forever piling up budget deficits, corporate indebtedness, trade deficits, Third World debt. We are living in a fool’s paradise.

The Counterculture Turns Right (Economically)

The considerable number of old 60s radicals who grew to guard their vast wealth were motivated by self-interest back in their hippie days too.