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Catholic Social Teaching and Unionism


  • Baird Charles W.

    (California State University, Hayward)


Catholic Social Teaching on labor unions as promulgated by Pope Leo XIII and several of his successors is contrary to the form of unionism imposed on American workers and employers by the National Labor Relations Act. Since many of the coercive aspects of the NLRA are replicated in laws adopted in several to papal condemnation. The 1986 pastoral letter of the American Conference of Catholic Bishops promulgates views on unionism that are inconsistent with papal teaching. Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850), a French lay Catholic and economist, correctly understood the issues of unionism and may have influenced the views of Leo XIII.Lenseignement social catholique sur les syndicats tel quil fut promulgué par le Pape Léon XIII et plusieurs de ses successeurs est contraire à la forme de syndicalisme imposée aux travailleurs et aux employés américains par la NLRA. Depuis beaucoup des aspects coercitifs de la NLRA ont été repris dans des lois adoptées.La lettre pastorale de 1986 de la Conférence Américaine des Evêques Catholiques promulgue des vues sur le syndicalisme qui sont contraires à lenseignement papal. Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850), catholique français et économiste, avait compris correctement les enjeux du syndicalisme et peut avoir influencé les vues de Léon XIII.

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  • Baird Charles W., 2003. "Catholic Social Teaching and Unionism," Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, De Gruyter, vol. 13(2), pages 1-25, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:jeehcn:v:13:y:2003:i:2:n:12

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