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United Methodists plan global consultation with workers
09 Oct 1998 15:15:53
Oct. 9, 1998 Contact: Joretta Purdue (202)546-8722 Washington
By United Methodist News Service
Church-organized labor groups. Unemployment. Immigrant workers. Wages.
Those are some of the topics that will be addressed at a global
consultation sponsored by the
United Methodist Church Nov. 13-15 in Atlanta. The United Methodist
Concern for Workers
Task Force has organized the event to bring together Methodists from
around the world to
address issues facing workers and the unemployed.
The consultation on "The United Methodist Church and Working People:
Joining the Struggle
for Workplace Peace and Justice" will examine local and international
work issues in a world
increasingly driven by a global economy. Workshops will tackle issues
such as globalization, the
environment and jobs, sweatshops, women in the labor force and faith in
U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman has been invited to speak on child
labor, and Linda
Chavez Thompson, executive vice president of the AFL-CIO, will open the
Acuff, president of the Central Labor Council of Atlanta, will speak on
workplace peace and
justice. A panel of Methodists will discuss worker struggles worldwide.
A banquet will honor United Methodist Bishop Jesse DeWitt, an advocate
of labor rights, and the
Rev. Joseph Lowery, a United Methodist clergyman and retired head of the
Leadership Conference. The 50th anniversary of the U.N. Universal
Declaration of Human
Rights and the 90th anniversary of the United Methodist Social Creed
will also be observed. The
Social Creed addresses labor concerns and has been credited by some as a
driving force behind
the first child labor laws in the United States.
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