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Right to work for less?  Seven ways Oklahoma's right to work
proposal violates Catholic social teaching.

Robert Waldrop

Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House in Oklahoma City

September, 2001
The right to work rhetoric is heating up here in Oklahoma, mostly on the side of the pro-right to work. The Daily Oklahoman has something about it nearly every day on its editorial page, and the pro-rtw for less committees have been running full page ads.

I haven't been watching TV, so I don't know if they're running television ads.  They've raised $3 million, Wal-Mart sent $100,000, a lot of money has moved in from out of state energy companies.  The anti-right to work committee has $500,000.

The Daily Oklahoman is saying just the most awful and terrible things, depicting hordes of zombie union workers from other states descending on Oklahoma to break our will and spirit and keep us in chains to the evil pro-abortion union bosses.

We're  inviting everybody everywhere to join in a special novena to St. Joseph, September 17 - 25, for the defeat of this proposal (the 25th is the day of the referendum election).

Below are the special St. Joseph's novena prayers. Please feel free to pass this anouncement along to others.  Please join your prayers and works to ours during this time of intercesory prayer.

The novena of prayer and good works begins September 17th, and concludes September 25.  Besides praying the prayers, we invite people to do works of justice, peace, and mercy during this period.

Daily novena prayer:

Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us according as we hope in thee.

Remember, St. Joseph, most humble and loving protector of all workers, that no one ever had recourse to your protection or asked your aid without obtaining relief. Confiding therefore in your goodness, we come before you and pray to you.

Graciously receive our petition for the defeat of state question 695, for the protection of all workers, the advancement of justice, and the victory of Christ's reign over all the earth. Holy Joseph, help the helpless, comfort the dying, bring justice to the poor, and peace to all nations.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our shield against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits which prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.

O Christ God, Lord of Glory, who gave us joy and blessing from your Mother's womb, have mercy on us and save us



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