You shall not exploit a poor and needy hired servant, whether of your own family or a resident alien. Each day you shall pay the servant’s wages before the sun goes down.
On June 28, 1884, the United States Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a national holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories. The day is a celebration and honor of the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
Catholic Social Teaching: The Dignity and Rights of Workers
The economy must serve people, not the other way around. Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected–the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to the organization and joining of unions, to private property, and to economic initiative.