Monday, November 19, 2007

Catholic Blogosphere Organizes To Strike For Better Conditions, Pay

Chicago, IL: The Catholic blogosphere is considering calling a strike for better working conditions and pay, according to a press release by a group of bloggers calling themselves "The Other CCC: Cantankerous Catholic Casuists."

"In a deep spirit of solidarity with our brothers and sisters striking in the Writer's Guild, as well as the stagehands on Broadway, we are considering going on strike for better working conditions and pay. Catholic social teaching advocates that all deserve a living wage and work that builds up the inherent dignity of the human person, so we feel we are on solid ground theologically," said PR representative The Ironic Catholic.

This reporter found there was a great debate in a unmappable space called "St. Blog's" on the conditions for ending the proposed strike. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, Julie from Happy Catholic said that the pay issue was a real one: "There are people who pour hours of their lives into these interactive pieces of work, information, and art. Yet people seem positively allergic to Adsense and Paypal donations. Granted that bloggers don't burn many calories, but we need to eat too." Another anonymous source, Adoro Te Devote, admitted that the plea for improved work conditions was weak. "When we began debating the virtues of wide screen monitors and the mandatory 24 hour free trade cappuccino bar for those who blog on a daily basis, we suspected we had overshot Catholic social teaching's 'safe working conditions' standard." A majority of those present at the meeting did agree to demand more comfortable and blessed ergonomic chairs, with a holy water holder on the side.

A variety of authorities weighed in on the little people's concerns:
  • the USCCB promised to discuss the matter at its November 2009 meeting,
  • dotCommonweal immediately offered support for the proposed strike,
  • First Things offered a dismayed request to return to "the bargaining blog,"
  • Busted Halo ran a feature on how to cope spiritually with a striking entertainment industry plus blogs,
  • and Korrektiv said "Candidly, I think Flannery would say get a grip and shut up."
The next move involves presenting demands to their employers. There is still some confusion among the other CCC about this step. Nonetheless, there was a great deal of excitement around the motto and proposed signage: "Remember that man is created for blogging, not blogging for man."



Rufus McCain said...

And then there's the Godsbody Pledge.

Catholic Audio said...

If you find the audio of a panel discussion, I'd be happy to host it on my site.


Jeff Miller said...

The only way Commonweal would support a strike of Catholic bloggers is in the hope that the strike would never end so that people would stop fisking their articles.

I think also most of the USCCB would also be relieved.

Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

I wonder if we couldn't get the support of organs such as National Catholic Register and the Washington Times, which occasionally actually reduce blog content to paper and sell it to people.

Julie D. said...

So much for anonymity! :-D

Adoro te Devote said...

We're going to need to make sure everyone has a transcript. Also, I think we can print up some pretty flashy signage for our strike.

The Ironic Catholic said...

Rufus--how true. Subversiveness afoot all over.

Cath audio--alas, no one taped it.

Jeff--hey, the strike could be a turning point in the relationship between some bloggers and Commonweal. Any problem I have with the USCCB is that they are a tad slow in reaction....

Paul--you work on Nat Cath Register, OK? That's your job. I'll hold the picket sign for you.

Julie--you know it was fun, you can be open about it! But geez, you can't trust reporters these days, can you.

The Ironic Catholic said...

Adoro--talking points, that what we need.

You're in charge of signs. You know, when you're not forming the younguns and parents, and doing grad school, etc ....

Brian Day said...

Funny post.

Just a small correction. The Church calls for a just wage, not a living wage.
CCC 2434: A just wage is the legitimate fruit of work. To refuse or withhold it can be a grave injustice.221 In determining fair pay both the needs and the contributions of each person must be taken into account. "Remuneration for work should guarantee man the opportunity to provide a dignified livelihood for himself and his family on the material, social, cultural, and spiritual level, taking into account the role and the productivity of each, the state of the business, and the common good."222 Agreement between the parties is not sufficient to justify morally the amount to be received in wages.

The difference is small, but significant.

Paul Cat said...

Hee. Fantastic!

St. Jimbob of the Apokalypse said...

I wouldn't be surprised if certain bishops took up a collection to have catholic bloggers STOP blogging. I mean, who really cares what happens at Most Holy Redeemer parish in San Francisco?

angelmeg said...

I don't know, getting better working conditions will be hard.

do you think we could ask for new bunny slippers one of mine actually has a worn down ear.

Joyful Catholics said...

St Jimbob is right, I know of one Bishop who'd prefer to have us all exiled to the island of Postnomore, off the coast of Blogsbegone. His favorite musical group is Death to the Bloggers. Happily, he's no longer the bishop of that particular diocese, yet the residue please pray for Fr. G., my good and dear friend, who is pretty much alone in his fight for orthodoxy in that loony, leftist liberal-laden land. Great post, IC.