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Resolution Number: 1988-D157
Title: Affirm the Right of Employees to Organize and Engage in Collective Bargaining
Legislative Action Taken: Rejected
Final Text:

Resolution died with adjournment. See Legislative History for original text of the resolution.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

Author:
Originating House: House of Bishops
Originating Committee: Committee on Social and Urban Affairs

House of Bishops

Original Text of Resolution:

(D157)

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 69th General Convention of the Episcopal Church affirm the right of all employees to organize as they see fit and to engage in collective bargaining; and be it further

Resolved, That institutions and agencies affiliated with the Episcopal Church or any of its dioceses or congregations have a special responsibility to demonstrate an exemplary stance when dealing with the desires of their employees seeking representation in collective bargaining. In situations where an outside firm is hired by a church agency to manage a church-sponsored institution, the church agency is urged to include provisions guaranteeing such recognition and collective bargaining in any contract with a management firm. Employees covered by this resolution shall include but not be limited to interns and resident physicians employed in church-sponsored hospitals; and be it further

Resolved, That the Presiding Bishop be requested to appoint a committee to review labor relations policies in church institutions and report to the 1991 (70th) General Convention.

Proposed Committee Substitute:

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 69th General Convention of the Episcopal Church reaffirm the rights of all employees to organize to engage in collective bargaining in accordance with the National Labor Relations act; and be it further

Resolved, That those agencies and institutions affiliated with the Episcopal Church have particular responsibility to demonstrate an exemplary stance when dealing with the desires of their employees seeking representation in collective bargaining. In situations where an outside firm is hired by a church agency to manage a church-sponsored institution, the church agency is urged to include provisions guaranteeing such recognition and collective bargaining in any contract with a management firm; and be it further

Resolved, That it is the intention of this General Convention that neither the content of this Resolution nor the fact of its adoption shall be used or referred to in any pending civil disagreement; and be it further

Resolved, That this action in no way should be interpreted as criticism of or displeasure with any member of the House of Bishops; and be it further

Resolved, That this Convention expresses deep concern over the present discomfort of many persons in a related issue and offer our prayers for its resolution.

Bishop Krumm moved an amendment.

Proposed Amendment:

In the third Resolved, delete the words "or referred to in" and replace them with "to indicate support for or opposition to either party in."

The amendment was accepted by the Committee.

The Bishop of West Texas moved to table the matter.

Motion carried

(Communicated to the House of Deputies in HB Message #262)

Resolution died with adjournment.

Abstract:   The 69th General Convention rejects the resolution affirming the right of employees to organize and engage in collective bargaining.