Labor Day 2015 | National Catholic Reporter by MSW. MGB: The labor-Church axis also included government - in the end, Roosevelt. Abortion is a sore point, but not a sticky one. There was also a socialist movement who did not necessarily talk to the Church but was key to labor that needs to be brought back into the conversation - indeed, a socialist economist like me or Richard Wollf would have been nice additions to either sponsored program.
The sticking point, of course, is dealing with teachers unions, which are the wind in the Democratic Party's pro-choice sails. If the Church could realize that the political views of members off-the-clock are none of their business (and that Catholic teachers might just water down the NEA stridency in due course) - then we can trade collective bargaining rights for a joint demand for public funding and union level salaries. Its not the lack of unions that make Catholic schools great - its the lack of central office meddling. That won't go away with unions and public funds. On labor, its time for the Church to walk the talk.