'Look for union collar'? Canada clergy organize

Low wages, abuse by congregants
Ministers of the United Church of Canada, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, have launched an unprecedented drive to unionize, saying they have been victims of harassment and emotional abuse for too long.

Representatives of the church met in Toronto last month alongside leaders of the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) to sign union cards and to begin a campaign to sign up the church’s 4,000 clergy.

The step is a first in North America. In Great Britain about 2,000 clergy and employees of the Church of England have been members of Amicus, a large union, for about a decade.

 

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