The Churchmouse

Publisher:  c/o Joan O'Laney, Editor, 11 Madison Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
Year Published:  1981  
Pages:  4pp  
Inactive Serial

Resource Type:  Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number:  CX2358

The Churchmouse originated from the Task Force on Labour of the Canadian Affairs of the Canadian Council of Churches.

Abstract:  The Churchmouse originated from the Task Force on Labour of the Canadian Affairs of the Canadian Council of Churches. One of the mandates of this task force is to look at the church as employer; it is also a response to the needs of women working in church offices - on the parish, regional, national and international levels. There is a need to increase dialogue and communication among women church clerical workers and the organizers hope that this newsletter will help.

Churchmouse has published three issues since March, 1981. A feature article in the first issue examines a number of questions being raised by typists, secretaries and office workers about the use of word processors and other automated office equipment. One concern is how this technology will affect their work in the future. Are office workers becoming nothing but "routing button-pushers"? There is also concern about health hazards associated with such technology, e.g. eye strain, fatigue, nausea and the physical consequences of extended exposure to low-level radiation (from video display terminals). A suggestion is made that clerical workers and office workers should have a say in deciding how this technology is used. "Pro" and "con" responses to this question (from Churchmouse's readership) is reported in the following edition.

The October issue features a chart containing salary data for church clerical workers. The chart compares wage rates in various church organizations (and other organizations).

The Task Force on Labour also sponsors a one-day annual workshop for church secretaries in Toronto.
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