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Does the US economy work for everyone or just for some? Instead of fighting against an unjust system, we pursue nicer houses, better cars and exotic vacations. Instead of working for more, perhaps we should work for better. […] Read More

Unemployment is under 4 percent; the stock market is reaching all-time highs. U.S. wages, however, have not kept pace with inflation, stagnating purchasing power for four decades. […] Read More

Labor Day weekend offers a “kairos moment, a moment of crisis as well as opportunity,” the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops emphasized in its annual Labor Day statement. Such a moment requires Christians to identify and support cooperative initiatives that honor workers, ensure safe working conditions and provide just wages, thereby increasing social solidarity and […] Read More

If there was ever a time for the church to start preaching all the messages the Bible gives about money, wealth and poverty, surely that time is now. I offer this piece of overwhelming evidence: Times are so tough these days that even the White House press secretary needs a living wage! Stop laughing. I’m […] Read More

I accepted a unique opportunity to appear in a 30-second “Wake Up Wal-Mart” commercial. It appears across the nation on major television networks this Thursday and Friday. “Wake Up Wal-Mart” ( is a national campaign that challenges the country’s largest retailer to clean up its act on multiple fronts, particularly in matters that adversely affect […] Read More

A group of Baptist pastors and leaders writing as “moral theologians” has issued a Christmastime letter challenging Wal-Mart to become a “Golden Rule” company. An initial 132 church leaders signed the Dec. 14 letter to Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott. The <Baptist Center for Ethics spearheaded a similar letter last year, signed by 13 moderate Baptist […] Read More

A Kentucky Baptist pastor is featured in a television commercial being aired in the Bible Belt urging followers of Jesus to think twice before doing their Christmas shopping at Wal-Mart. “Jesus said do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” said Joseph Phelps, pastor of <Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky. “But […] Read More

Two weeks ago Johnson Controls, following a trend all too common throughout the United States, announced it was shutting down its operations in my small town of Holland, Mich., and moving to Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, where they can employ workers for $80.77 a week. Why relocate? Johnson Controls’ leadership stated that the move is necessary […] Read More

On Dec. 20, 2002, a federal jury in Portland, Ore., found Wal-Mart guilty of forcing its employees to work unpaid overtime. These employees were pressured to clock out after working 40 hours, but continued working in violation of the Federal Labor Standards Acts, which requires employees to receive time-and-a-half for all hours worked over 40. […] Read More

The number of Americans living in poverty grew by 1.7 million last year, according to new estimates by the Census Bureau. The new report, the Current Population Survey, is considered more accurate than preliminary figures released three weeks ago and is used by the government to calculate unemployment and set economic policies. According to the […] Read More