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September 23, 2008

2008.09.23: RE: By-Laws Proposed Amendments

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 2:35 PM
To: Wright, Deborah; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: RE: By-Laws Proposed Amendments

It is inappropriate for the September 25 DC to vote on these amendments.

In keeping with Bylaws Article XIII,[1] members should have been provided with the exact language of, and rationale for, the proposed amendments, along with ample time for their discussion.

One substantive area of concern is how our union’s internal democracy would be affected by proposed prohibitions on “public expression of bigotry, slander or vilification.” For example, would this amendment give new ammunition to those who have repeatedly demanded that management(!) censor and/or punish expression — even on our ALAA and 1199 e-lists — of political views they don’t happen to like?[2]

There should be serious membership discussion of such issues before any vote on these amendments.


[1]”These bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of the members, after thirty (30) days notice of the proposed amendment, or by a majority vote of the DC, after the proposed amendment is noticed on the agenda of two (2) consecutive DC meetings.”

[2]Most recently, such threats have been made against e-mail discussion on the presidential election. Ongoing targets have included those who condemn police abuse, oppose the war, or support Palestinian rights. See, e.g.,


From: Wright, Deborah
Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 12:43 PM
Subject: By-Laws Proposed Amendments


George is currently at a UAW Conference in Detroit and asked that I send out on his behalf the language for the proposed by-law changes which is on the agenda for Thursday night’s Delegates Council.  He will be back in the office tomorrow.




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