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Resolution Number: 2006-C008
Title: Reaffirm the Right of Workers to Organize and Form Unions
Legislative Action Taken: Concurred as Amended
Final Text:

Resolved, That the 75th General Convention reaffirm the right of workers in the United States to organize and form unions. We especially affirm the right to organize and form unions for seasonal and migrant workers who historically have been deprived of those rights. We support the right to organize and form unions as a means to securing adequate wages, benefits, and safety conditions for all workers. We encourage all levels of the church to be informed about, and act accordingly, when rights of workers to associate is being jeopardized. We commend the work of Interfaith Worker Justice in calling upon our religious values in support of issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and working conditions for low-wage workers.

Citation: General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of...The Episcopal Church, Columbus, 2006 (New York: General Convention, 2007), pp. 455-456.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

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

House of Bishops

The House of Bishops Committee on Social and Urban Affairs presented its Report #4 on Resolution C008 (Right of Workers to Organize) and moved adoption with amendment.

Original Text of Resolution:

(C008)

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 75th General Convention reaffirm the right of workers in the United States to organize and form unions as a means to securing adequate wages, benefits, and safety conditions and encourage all levels of the church to be informed about, and act accordingly, when rights of workers to associate is being jeopardized and commend the work of Interfaith Worker Justice in calling upon our religious values in support of issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and working conditions, especially for low-wage workers.

Committee Amendment:

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 75th General Convention reaffirm the right of workers in the United States to organize and form unions. We especially affirm the right to organize and form unions for seasonal and migrant workers who historically have been deprived of those rights. We support the right to organize and form unions as a means to securing adequate wages, benefits, and safety conditions for all workers. We andencourage all levels of the church to be informed about, and act accordingly, when rights of workers to associate is being jeopardized. We andcommend the work of Interfaith Worker Justice in calling upon our religious values in support of issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and working conditions, especially for low-wage workers.

Motion carried

Resolution adopted with amendment

(Communicated to the House of Deputies in HB Message #34)

House of Deputies

The House of Deputies Committee on Social and Urban Affairs presented its Report #2 on HB Message #34 on Resolution C008 (Right of Workers to Organize) and moved concurrence.

The House concurred

(Communicated to the House of Bishops in HD Message #70)

Resolution Concurred by Both Houses, June 16.

Abstract:   The 75th General Convention reaffirms the right of workers in the United States to organize and form unions.