Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

Organized Labor

Adopted by the CCAR at the 96th Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis
1985

Preamble: Trade Unionism traditionally is important to the well-being of America as a whole, and to minorities, including the Jewish community in particular. Primarily concerned with the large working class, it is perforce one of the strongest supports and most secure foundations of our democracy. The Nazis in Germany, opposed by the trade unions more forcefully than from any other sector, were compelled to destroy the unions before they could consolidate their power. The recent upheavals in Poland are further proof that organized labor and the democratic spirit go hand in hand.
        
We Jews have always found support in the labor movement, whether it be for Israel or for domestic concerns.

Resolution: The CCAR reiterates its traditional support of organized labor and calls upon its members to help establish local conferences of religion and labor, and to remind their congregants of the importance of a strong, effective, and responsible labor movement to the health of American society.
        
The CCAR calls upon the constituent agencies of the Reform movement and upon the Union of American Hebrew Congregations to give consideration to the establishment of programs and projects to further these ends.