Some Diocesan Councils have already started the implementation of the position paper, striving to fully comply with its recommendations based on an agreed upon timetable, which takes into consideration the economic viability of their operations (store, soup kitchen, shelter, etc.)
The implementation eliminates existing contradictions, such as serving people in poverty, on one side, and not paying our own employees sufficiently, on the other, forcing them to seek help elsewhere.
While there is no shortage of debate in our country about wages, it is our role as a faith based organization to deal justly and morally with those the Society employees, in accordance with Catholic Teaching.
As we implement this position paper, we will set an example and a new standard for other Catholic organizations and even for our own Parishes and Dioceses on the respect and fair treatment that we owe our employees.
See the position paper at:
And Frequently Asked Questions on the paper at:
Recommended Steps for determining a Self-Sufficient Wage
1. Investigate the cost of public benefits in your state or geography. How much money does a family of three, for example, need to be independent of SNAP, Medicaid, TANF, etc. Are we paying more than that?
2. Examine the local wage calculator (http://livingwage.mit.edu/). Does that calculation provide a reasonable snapshot of the cost of living in your geography? Do you need to validate any of the components? Does that wage allow people to live without long- term public/private assistance?
3. Compare the self-sufficient wage with your current pay scale. If you were below that pay scale how long would it take to raise pay to a self-sufficient level?