To Redress Forgetting: 2012 Walmart Labor Organizing and a Theology of the American Workplace

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    Abstract

    This paper applies theology of the workplace and cultural cognition studies to support recent “open source” labor union action at Walmart in North Americ and redress the lack of clear 2012 teaching on the social question by the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops. In an era of diminished cultural awareness about the role and significance of labor unions, insight-based critical realism, as a component of workplace theology analysis, can complement cultural cognition legal research for more effective labor organizing as well as Roman Catholic engagement in the social question. Comparative employment ecology workplace models, focusing on the U.S., Germany, and Japan, help in the historical derivation of practical, normative benchmarks for organized labor and management in respect to enacting more
    authentic employment relations. The benchmarks are grounded in theology of the workplace guidelines drawn from Roman Catholic encyclical teaching. Two basic parameters are shown to
    be particularly salient for the U.S. case: just cause dismissal protection and employee participation in managerial prerogative. Specific legal enactments and a strategic organizing model are offered in the conclusion for both union strategizing and collaborative church support.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication dateJun 2013
    Number of pages40
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013
    EventThe 40th Annual Lonergan Workshop: The Hermeneutics of Reform & Renewal: 50th Anniversary of Vatican II - Boston, United States
    Duration: 16 Jun 201321 Jun 2013
    Conference number: 40
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    WorkshopThe 40th Annual Lonergan Workshop
    Number40
    CountryUnited States
    CityBoston
    Period16/06/201321/06/2013
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    Tackney, C. T. (2013). To Redress Forgetting: 2012 Walmart Labor Organizing and a Theology of the American Workplace. Paper presented at The 40th Annual Lonergan Workshop, Boston, United States.