Econ Justice & Homelessness
Prisons & Restorative Justice
UU Multiracial Unity Caucus
To Be an Economic Justice Church
Following is a checklist of
ways in which your congregation can help to use its economic resources
justly. Be sure to review UUA guidelines on compensation and employee
management, investments and banking, and contracting and purchasing. For
further ideas on congregation programs see also: UUs for a Just Economic
Community ¨ 110 Arlington St., Boston, MA 02116 ¨ 617-542-0634
I. Hiring & Compensating
- Pay just compensation for
professionals (call your District Compensation Consultant).
- Have an open process for
hiring other staff.
- Strive for racial, ethnic
and gender balance; don't discriminate on the basis of those, sexual
preference, or physical disability.
- Pay a living wage, and at
least the prevailing wage for the position.
- Provide benefits for staff
comparable to clergy (health insurance, vacation, pension).
II. Treatment of Employees
- Consider Cost of Living
Adjustments and Merit Raises at annual review.
- If you can't afford higher
wages, consider offering work-hours flexibility, additional vacation
days, personal days, etc.
" Set policies and procedures for regular evaluations and for due
process for complaints, overtime and other issues.
- Offer maternity and paternity
- Set policy regarding medical
III. Investments & Banking
- Invest in socially responsible
funds ("socially screened investments").
- Bank at an institution that
complies with the Community Re-Investment Act, and that supports civil
and community projects.
- Support a committee to review
investments for appropriateness to the congregation's mission.
IV. Contracting and Purchasing
- Develop open contracting
and purchasing procedures, and advertise widely for bids.
- Develop policies to direct
some of your contracting and purchasing to minority and women owned
venders or contractors.
- Contract with companies
which follow the same guidelines as above in their hiring, compensation,
and treatment of employees
V. Membership/ Fundraising
- Avoid practices that cause
poor people to feel singled out or shamed
- Eschew special favors for
big donors, like exclusive parties.
- Have membership requirements
that are not exclusively dependent on dollar amounts given, but include
donations of time, skills, or other intangibles.
VI. Programs - examples
- Serve Fair Trade coffee
at coffee hour; consider selling packages of it as a fundraising tool.
At holiday bazaars, sell items from 10,000 Villages.
- Urge your Social Justice
committee to take on economic justice issues.
- Work in coalition to make
change in economic justice policy at the local or regional level, such
as working for passage of a Living Wage law.
- Host an annual "Worker's
Day" service (see National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice).
Here are some connections to UUA Guidelines referred to in the document:
A search of www.uua.org for "Compensation Guidelines" leads
"To Sustain the Living Tradition" UUA Board report, 1995,
is mentioned in this publication - supposedly a summary of this report
is available somewhere on the site - the closest thing I found to it was
the following: Fair Compensation Guidelines for Congregations: http://www.uua.org/programs/ministry/finances/compglines.html
If people want to do their own searching, the Office of Church Staff Finances
is a good place to start: http://www.uua.org/programs/ministry/finances/index.html
In addition to these pointers, folks should contact their District Compensation
Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice,
1448 E. 52nd St., P.M. Box 144, Chicago, IL 60615,
Task Force on Economic Justice