Unitarian Universalism

Right to Organize and Bargain Collectively

"The Unitarian Universalists Association urges its member congregations and individual Unitarian Universalists in the United States...to work specifically in favor of mechanisms such as:...reform of labor legislation and employment standards to provide greater protection for workers, including the right to organize and bargain collectively, protection from unsafe working conditions, and protection from unjust dismissal." More at: http://www.uua.org/socialjustice/socialjustice/statements/14246.shtml

(Working for a Just Economic Community, 1997)

Fair Working Conditions

“Grounded in our stance for justice, equity, and compassion in human relations, we ally ourselves with the National Farm Worker Ministry and its efforts with the United Farm Workers to provide fair and respectful working conditions for the Gallo farm workers. The Unitarian Universalist Association can be among the first religious assemblies to stand with the farm workers on this issue at this immediate time.” More at: http://www.uua.org/socialjustice/socialjustice/statements/13417.shtml

(Support of the United Farm Workers’ Boycott of Gallo Wines, 2005)

Workplace Discrimination

“That the 1987 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association urges…that the UUA and its affiliates, districts and member societies act to eliminate gender-based wage discrimination in their own organizations…” More at: http://www.uua.org/socialjustice/socialjustice/statements/14492.shtml

(Ending Gender-Based Wage Discrimination, 1987)

A Unitarian Universalist Guide to Supporting Worker Justice

Click here to download a free copy of There is Power in Union, by Rev. Aaron McEmrys

An excerpt from the introduction to There is Power in Union by Aaron McEmrys: This is intended to be a simple, introductory guide for Unitarian Universalists who want to support Worker’s Rights. By Worker’ Rights, I mean the freedom of working people to be treated with respect and dignity, to have a voice in their working lives, equitable pay and benefits, safe working conditions, and the freedom to speak and act collectively without interference or fear of reprisal.

Before becoming a Unitarian Universalist Minister, I worked as a union organizer, educator and advocate. When I was organizing, I always hoped for more active support from clergy and congregations – and sometimes I got it! Support from Priests, ministers congregations and other religious people played a major role in many of our “victories” and comfort in our “losses.”