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The Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. The economy must serve people, not the other way around. Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected- -the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to the organization and joining of unions, to private property, and to economic initiative. If you wish to read the scripture passages that this is based on see the following:

* Deuteronomy 14:28-29

The Lord blesses our work so that we may share its fruits with others.

* Deuteronomy 24:14-15

Do not withhold wages from your workers, for their livelihood depends on them.

* Sirach 34:26-27

To deprive an employee of wages is to commit murder.

* Isaiah 58:3-7

To observe religious practices, but oppress your workers is false worship.

* Jeremiah 22:13

Woe to him who treats his workers unjustly.

* Matthew 20:1-16

All workers should be paid a just and living wage.

* Mark 2:27

The Sabbath was made for people, not people for the Sabbath.