"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."