From: Torres, Azalia
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 3:39 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: Joint Council Discussion of Mass Free Speech Grievance
Those of us who signed the Mass Free Speech grievance are not asking the Joint Council’s permission to grieve management’s discriminatory warnings against ALAA and 1199 members who speak out for Palestinian human rights. The grievance has already been filed, by nearly 150 ALAA and 1199 members, consistent with our union’s practice. Each grievant signed as an individual, not as representative of any caucus and/or executive body. Affiliations were listed to identify them in ALAA and LAS.
While grievants are not all of one mind regarding what is presently happening in the Middle East, we are ALL of one mind in our opposition to management’s decision to selectively strip the freedom of expression from only those members who stand up for Palestinian human rights. We are also ALL of one mind that management may not pander to those threatening lawsuits against free discussion.
I certainly hope the JC will take a stand against discrimination. But at the very least, it has no right to stand in the way of those of us who do so as a point of principle.
Finally, this is not a personal attack on any one person — not at all. It simply calls on the union to meet its legal and moral duty of fair representation.
Azalia Torres, Esq.