Newspaper Guild Local 32035 Defends Civil Liberties and Workers’ Rights

“The rubric of terrorism has been used to curtail civil liberties and weaken the rights of workers to organize”

The following message was received on Jan. 17 from Joey Hipolito.

I just wanted to inform you that another local passed a resolution on January 9, 2003, concerning war on terrorism and Iraq—The Newspaper Guild/Communications Workers of America Local 32035, AFL-CIO. They primarily represent newspaper employees (writers, editors, photographers, commercial, production, etc.) along with union staffs. This includes the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun.

Below is a list of units that the Local represents:

Agence France-Presse
American Center For International Labor Solidarity
American Nurses Association
American Postal Workers Union
Association of Flight Attendants
Baltimore Sun
Bureau of National Affairs
Bureau of National Affairs Correspondents
Catholic News Service
Center for Working Capital
Dept. of Professional Employees (AFL-CIO)
Fingerhut, Powers, Smith & Associates
Food and Allied Service Trades
George Meany Center/National Labor College
Kamber Group
National Coalition for the Homeless
United Food and Commercial Workers
United Way of America Labor Participation Department
Washington Post
Working for America Institute

Text of the resolution

Whereas, civil liberties and workers’ rights are foundational to a free and democratic society,

Whereas, civil liberties such as the freedom of speech and the right to organize are fundamental to our occupations and central to the Local Union,

Whereas, the rubric of terrorism has been used to curtail civil liberties and weaken the rights of workers to organize, ultimately perverting the important task of reducing terrorist threats,

Therefore be it resolved that,

1. We oppose any abuses of the legitimate need and effort to combat terrorism.

2. We condemn the curtailment of civil liberties.

3. We oppose any infringement on the right to organize and bargain collectively.

4. We urge all our members to increase vigilance and take action against all attacks on civil liberties and workers’ rights.

Thank you,
Joey Hipolito

Joey J. Hipolito
Research Associate
Research Office

United Food & Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)
1775 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
phone: (202) 466-1590
fax: (202) 466-1587