Massingale on Wisconsin

Regular readers of NCR will no doubt recognize the name Fr. Bryan Massingale, associate professor of theological ethics at Marquette University in Milwaukee and a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America.

Massingale has an opinion piece in today's Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's approach to collective bargaining and balanced budgets. A sample:

Today, Pope Benedict XVI, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Protestant clergy and prominent Jewish leaders consistently remind us that unions and collective bargaining are vital to ensuring that our economy serves the common good, not simply a privileged few. ...

What's at stake now transcends politics and the debate over balancing budgets. This struggle is about preserving the possibility of a decent livelihood for those who work hard and play by the rules. In fact, the unions already have agreed to concessions in wages and benefits.

The rest of the story: Being fiscally responsible and fair

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