Paying workers a just wage has been "one of the most consistent and central themes of Catholic social teaching" for more than a century, said Cardinal Peter Turkson.
NCR Today: On Sept. 22, the day Pope Francis arrived in Washington, I joined a procession of low-wage workers who were striking against poverty pay at the U.S. Capitol and other federal buildings.
NCR Today: In anticipation of Pope Francis meeting with world leaders in Washington, D.C., today he received an invitation to dialogue from the working class folks who serve them.
The fight to turn the minimum wage into a living wage has won a few impressive rounds, but the bigger battle against economic inequality still faces challenging obstacles.
Young Voices: Clerical privilege has created the equivalent of a government safety net for priests while lay ministers walk the economic tightrope, minus the net.
I participated in a march and rally Wednesday to raise the minimum wage. There might have been 1,000 people gathered first at Washington University in St. Louis before the marching to several fast food restaurants. On Thursday, I was on the team to walk striking workers back to their jobs, reminding their bosses that these one-day strikes are legal and the National Labor Relations Board forbids employer retaliation.
More than 200 rallies held Wednesday across the U.S. marked Tax Day with calls for fair wages for a diverse cohort of labor groups.
Bloomberg News reports on a clever Kristin Bell skit in which she protests that the current federal minimum wage -- $7.25 -- needs at least an increase of $3 in order to create a living wage.
Just a spoonful of Funny or Die makes the politics go down.
Mary Poppins is quitting, it seems, because she's "only paid the federal minimum wage."
The children, in song of course, protest her departure.
Opinion: The minimum wage should be a living wage, providing low-wage workers with what they need to rise out of poverty and care for their families. That is justice.
Making a Difference: Among the many ways the Catholic church strives to be vigilant for the common good is its call for a living wage.