In this year’s Labor Day statement, Archbishop Thomas Wenski, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, focuses on creating sufficient, decent work that honors the dignity of families.

One of the Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching is The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers: “The economy must serve people, not the other way around. Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected–the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to the organization and joining of unions, to private property, and to economic initiative.”

Here are a few ways that we can do: (1) Educate ourselves about issues that impact workers and working families in our community; (2) Advocate for justice for workers, fair wages, treatment, and respect; (3) Make an impact with our dollars, through support of fair trade products and vendors that treat workers well. Thanks to workers for the good work that you do and to all who work together for the common good!

–by Greg Walgenbach, Director of Life, Justice & Peace, Diocese of Orange