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Ephesians 6:5 “Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ…” A young man stops by to chat with his minister. He has finished his schooling; now he goes forth to find a job. Several places where he would […]

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Unions and Co-operatives

The Synod of the Christian Reformed Church, 1943, adopted the following principle concerning labor unions: “Church membership and membership in a so called neutral labor union (CIO and AFL) are compatible as long as such union gives no constitutional warrant to sin, nor shows in its regular activities that it champions sin.” Without making a […]

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The Possibility of Christian Labor Unions

This article deals with Christian labor unions in distinction from the labor unions organized by the world, which are sometimes referred to as “neutral” unions.  The question we are concerned with is whether it is possible for us as believers in the midst of this present evil world to organize such a Christian union.  We […]

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Current Events and Issues

Glimmerings of relief from “Union Shops” are appearing on the labor relations horizon! “There are only two countries in the world where a man may legally be forced into union membership as a prerequisite to maintaining his employment:  The United States and Russia.”  With these words a Grand Rapids lawyer specializing in labor relations pointed […]

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Labor Unions

The last article which I wrote on this subject in the Beacon Lights ended with the question of whether or not a Christian labor organization was possible. An affirmative answer has been given to this question as most of you know. That answer is the CLA, or the Christian Labor Association, with its headquarters here […]

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Unions (10)

In connection with what I wrote last time about the evil of union practices, I would like to include in this series a bulletin that came into my hands some time ago. Some of you are perhaps acquainted with the strike that the union conducted in the Kohler Plant in Wisconsin. I understand that it […]

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In the last issue of the Beacon Lights, we discussed the question of authority in relation to the unions. We noticed that these organizations flaunt all authority — flaunt the authority which God has placed over the working man. They do this by means of their weapons — strikes and boycotts. And this is not […]

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The methods which the labor unions of America have used in order to accomplish their aims are in direct violation of the fifth commandment. This commandment speaks of obedience of children to father and mother. “Honor thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God […]

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Unions (7)

Having discussed the question of corporate responsibility, and the implications for the members of a particular organization, we asked the question, What are the basic principles of the labor movement? For, to these principles a member must turn in order to determine for what he is responsible. We noticed that the goal of labor unions […]

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In articles that have appeared in this magazine in the past, I have shown that membership in an organization necessarily implies responsibility for the principles and actions of such an organization. This is because of what is called corporate responsibility. The members of a corporation are answerable for the principles and deeds of such an […]

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In the article of last month’s Beacon Lights, we discussed the question of corporate responsibility. This is a fundamental question, it stands to reason, for on the basis of the fact of corporate responsibility rests our objections against the union to a great extent. We are, therefore, particularly concerned with the principles of a labor […]

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Unions (4)

In the last issue of the “Beacon Lights” we discussed the possibility of organizations that can be called “neutral.” And we concluded that this was altogether impossible for the reason that man himself can never be “neutral” in life. Therefore, it goes without saying that the reason of “neutrality” can never serve to condone membership […]

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Unions (3)

As we have emphasized in previous articles on the subject of unions, the matter is important and warrants discussion, for it is not something which is irrelevant to our daily life in this world in which we live; but on the contrary has to do with our right to earn a living and to live […]

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Unions (2)

In the last issue of the Beacon Lights, we called attention to some reasons why a discussion of the question of labor unions might be pertinent once again. It is not as if these questions have not been discussed in the past, but the dangers are ever present, and the stand of our churches can […]

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Unions (1)

“Membership in worldly unions is incompatible with membership in the church!” That has always been the stand of the Protestant Reformed Churches. And so it should be. As the years go by and the history of the world progresses, this stand of the churches becomes increasingly difficult to maintain. This is due to two reasons […]

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One Big Union

In New York City last December 5, two men seized an oversized gavel, and, banging it on the rostrum, jointly called to order a convention of more than 1400 people. The men were George Meany and Walter Reuther; the convention was that of the newly-formed AFL-CIO, product of the merger of the nation’s biggest unions, […]

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Guaranteed Annual Wage

During this month of May, the leaders of the automobile industry are gathered together for the purpose of answering a proposal; one that is of great importance at this time, both to the union and to the corporations. In all the news happenings, we hear and read much about this relatively new term in industry, […]

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Communion Outside of the True Church

A daughter of the church sends me the following question: “I have been asked by Sgt. N. N., of our N. church to forward you the following question: ‘Is it right for a Prot. Ref. serviceman to partake of com­munion outside of the True church, such as Army Chapels? If not, why not?’ “Would it […]

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Christian Labor Association

I received the following question some time ago, and due to the fact that I had to do some research before I would be able to answer same, and also due to the press of other labors, I was not able to answer until now. Here is the ques­tion: “Is the Christian Labor Association really […]

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Some Striking Remarks

Show us your books! We want 30%! Two of the outstanding demands of the current General Motors strike. Thousand idle. Both sides determined not to budge an inch. No immediate prospect of settlement. Are the demands of the union unreasonable? Are the newspapers biased? Whose side do they appear to take? Let’s take a look. […]

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