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Labor Day Mass to support local workers


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BOSTON -- The Archdiocese of Boston will celebrate a Mass of solidarity with janitors who up until recently faced layoffs at the hands of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, Aug. 30, at Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel in South Boston.

Father James Flavin, Episcopal Vicar of the Central Region, told The Pilot that the union representing the janitors recently reached out to him to plan a Mass of support and solidarity for the janitors at noon on the Saturday before Labor Day.

"We want to make sure that everybody has the right to work and can make a living wage. That's Catholic. Everyone has the right to a living wage and certain protections," Father Flavin said.

Father Flavin said the Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ contacted his office and has been promoting the Mass locally. He said his predecessor in the central region, Bishop Robert F. Hennessey, had been consistent in his support for workers in such cases.

"The union called me, to continue what Bishop Hennessey has been doing, and the Catholic Labor Guild to ask if we would continue to support those folks," he said.

Father Flavin said the Mass will also support upcoming attempts by workers at Logan Airport to unionize in the face of a conflict over wages that developed in 2012.

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