from Stand Firm by Jackie Bruschi:
Stand Firm reported on this issue last week but it seems the hits just keep coming for 815.
"In a cost cutting move the Episcopal Church Center in New York has cancelled its cleaning contract with a unionized maintenance company, choosing a cheaper non-union competitor."
The decision has prompted outrage and ridicule from the left and right within the church, and negative press coverage in the New York press, which charged the church with hypocrisy for calling for other companies to use unionized labor, but declining to take its own advice.
One traditionalist bishop told The Church of England Newspaper the union busting was symbolic of the national church’s priorities. “Millions are spent on lawyers by 815” [the church center’s nickname based upon its address of 815 Second Avenue] while “nine cleaners are fired to save a few thousand dollars,” he said.
This could be a wonderful teaching opportunity for Neva Rae Fox. Possibly we could find someone who can explain to her that responsible people have no problem with cost-saving measures, in fact, we applaud them. The problem sneaks in when one is doing one thing and preaching another.
"It needs to be clear that looking for a new contract is a normal business procedure,” church spokesman Neva Rae Fox, told the Daily News. However the Daily News editorialized that “a church is not supposed to be a business,” lambasting what it said was the church’s unfairness.
“Budget constraints have prompted The Episcopal Church to review all contracts and to implement cost-cutting measures where possible,” the church center’s chief operating officer said in a statement released to the press.