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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - More than 80 congregations in the St. Louis area and across the state will honor works this Labor Day weekend. This is an annual nationwide event meant to link faith, work and justice.

Father Richard Creason with Most Holy Trinity in St. Louis responds to those who say organized labor drives up costs.

“I think it raises quality, raises job responsibility, raises sense of work ethic, raises sense of community around it, people taking pride in their homes, pride in their work and pride in their jobs.

“From the Catholic tradition, it has always been point to try to support organized labor and this is one great way we can do it.”

Father Creason says Sunday’s homily will focus on the right to organize. A member of a local union will also discuss the nature of work and why it’s important for people to organize and benefits of it.

Father Creason says they will be speaking with one voice this weekend.

“Whether it’s from the Muslim, Jewish or Christian tradition, all of us will be addressing orgaanized labor and the right to organize. We’ll also try to reach the great number in our country who are not organized about their right to organize.”

The groups Missouri Jobs with Justice, Metropolitan Congregations United and Communities Creating Opportunities are working together to raise the minimum wage and cap the payday lending rate in Missouri at 36 percent.

Father Creason says payday loans harm working families as people get caught in a debt trap of excessive interest rates and find they have nowhere else to turn.

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