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Miami archbishop: raise the minimum wage

CWN - January 07, 2014

Writing in the Fort Lauderdale-based Sun-Sentinel, Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, who serves as chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called for an increase in the minimum wage.

“For a worker to be dignified by his or her work, remuneration must be just,” said Archbishop Wenski. “The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that workers deserve just wages, wages that allow them and their families to fulfill material, social, cultural and spiritual needs.”

“The current state and federal minimum wages do not meet that standard,” he added. “Those who toil to harvest our produce, to cook and serve our food, and to clean our buildings, are our brothers and sisters — and they deserve to enjoy the same dignity in work that others enjoy.”

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  • Posted by: mike_henderson_20007811 - Jan. 08, 2014 5:04 PM ET USA

    When will a call go out for elimination of state-fettered enterprise and corporate cronyism?

  • Posted by: FredC - Jan. 08, 2014 10:36 AM ET USA

    Does dignity in work depend on how much you are paid for it? Not according to the saintly Fr. Walter Ciszek, author of He Leadeth Me. I would like to read the report that the bishop used on the impact on the poor of raising the minimum wage. The short-term impact is not necessarily the same as the long. Automation must first be developed before the job is eliminated.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Jan. 07, 2014 11:12 PM ET USA

    Defender is right! With the bishops it's "Do as they say, not as they do."

  • Posted by: Defender - Jan. 07, 2014 8:27 AM ET USA

    Perhaps the bishop can also explain why the overwhelming majority of bishops virtually prohibit unionization of those who work in their dioceses?

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