The right of workers to collectively bargain is recognized by the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church in the USA has been actively involved with Labor unions since the very beginning of the movement.
USCCB’s Economic Justice for All:
- The Church fully supports the right of workers to form unions or other associations to secure their rights to fair wages and working conditions. This is a specific application of the more general right to associate. In the words of Pope John Paul II, “The experience of history teaches that organizations of this type are an indispensable element of social life, especially in modern industrialized societies.” Unions may also legitimately resort to strikes where this is the only available means to the justice owed to workers. No one may deny the right to organize without attacking human dignity itself.
The philosophy of the trade union most likely depends on the individuals involved in it. I would encourage you to take part in your union and in resolving labor disputes to the level that you feel comfortable.
Recommended for further reading:
Exerpts on Church and Labor
USCCB’s Economic Justice for All
Leo XIII’s RERUM NOVARUM
Pius XI’s QUADRAGESIMO ANNO
John Paul II’s LABOREM EXERCENS