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Green Jobs

NETWORK strongly supports individual, corporate and government actions that help support (or renew) healthy ecosystems.  In this critical time of energy resource management and of severe unemployment and underemployment, NETWORK urges a greater emphasis on “green” jobs in energy production and construction.

Alternative energy sources such as geothermal, wind and solar are becoming more accessible. The U.S.-based production of equipment and supplies for green energy will create needed jobs while helping the environment.

Paid Sick Leave

NETWORK believes in policies that promote a healthy work environment and allow workers to balance the responsibility of work and families. Despite the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) passed in 1993 and amended in 2008, family and personal sick leave remain nonexistent to many working Americans. Because the majority of primary care givers are still women, this problem disproportionately affects them, 47% of whom have no paid sick days (Institute for Women’s Policy Research).

Jobs and Labor Issues

Jobs and Labor IssuesCatholic Social Teaching says that human beings should not be a means to an end and that the economy must serve the people, not the other way around. NETWORK believes in the right to a living wage, a safe work environment, and meaningful work.

What have we learned from the recent economic downturn?

The economic meltdown created an extremely fluid landscape. It is difficult to predict accurately how all of this will “shake out,” but we do believe that the economy will continue to be at the center of much of the movement in this session of Congress – especially regarding financial regulation and jobs.

In a healthy economy, enough money moves through the hands of enough people so that most can buy the necessities of life. In a meltdown, the money flow stops: you can’t buy groceries because I can’t pay your wages because the person who bought my products can’t pay me.

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