Labor Law Aims at Crushing Unions by sqi14466

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									 Published by the New York Labor Committee Against Apartheid c/o CWA Local 1180, 6 Harrison St ., New York 10013




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    On November 3, 1988, a new bill
was introduced in the City Council to
toughen existing sanctions barring New
York City from doing business in South
Africa and occupied Namibia . The new
amendments build on Local Laws 19
and 81, passed in 1985 and 1986 with a
major push from the labor movement.
Those laws prohibit the City from con-
tracting with or purchasing from com-
panies with operations or investments
in South Africa and Namibia.
    The new bill seeks to close loop-
holes that companies have used to cir-
cumvent the spirit and intent of sanc-
tions . It also toughens the enforcement
process . There are three key provisions :
(1) the new bill bars the City from con-
tracting with companies that continue
operations in South Africa and Namibia
thorugh licensing and franchise
agreements;
(2)it prevents the City from purchasing
from companies operating in South                                                 )4 .
Africa and Namibia via third-party ven-
dors or subcontractors;                        Union members in Cape Town rally against South Africa's repressive new
(3) it provides for a designated City          Labor Relations Act.
agency to keep records of corporate
compliance with the law and to make an
annual report monitoring the law.                  S.A . Labor Law Aims at Crushing Unions
                                                  On September 1, the South African            The law also allows employers to
        Adding Labor Rights                  government imposed a sweeping new             violate seniority rights in lay-offs . It
                                             Labor Relations Act aimed at stripping        allows employers to recognize multiple
    The NY LCAA and its sponsors im-         away most of the legal rights black           unions at a workplace, even where one
mediately endorsed the bill, but called      workers have gained in the past ten           union has majority membership, a
for a further amendment to protect the       years . The new law poses a serious hur-      move intended to smash the union shop
labor rights of South African and Na-        dle for the South African labor move-         and re-entrench racially segregated
mibian workers as companies pull out         ment by drastically raising the potential     unions .
of the two countries to meet sanctions       penalties for worker militancy.
requirements . In a statement of support          The Labor Relations Act virtually                    Union Protests
to the City Council, union leaders           outlaws the right to strike legally and
pointed out:                                 removes protections against unfair dis-           Labor opposition to the measures
     "Our brothers and sisters in South      missals . It bans public picketing, sym-      has been fierce . In June, prior to the
African and occupied Namibia, work-          pathy strikes, wildcats, and secondary        Act's passage, more than two million
ing under a racist forced labor system,      boycotts . It holds unions involved in a      black workers staged a three-day na-
have borne the main burdens of apart-        strike or job action financially liable for   tional strike to protest the bill . It was the
                    Continued on back page   any losses incurred by the company.                                    Continued on page 2
One Person,                                    Mayekiso Update                           November and the trial may go on for
                                                                                         many more weeks. The trial, which has
One Vote                                          The treason trial of South African
                                                                                         gained international attention, tests the
                                                                                         rights of union activists to join the
     On September 22, the South Afri-        labor leader Moses Mayekiso entered its     political struggle, and the rights of black
an government arrested over 100 trade        tenth month this November with Broth-       township residents to organize for their
unionists and community activists to         er Mayekiso taking the stand . He is ac-    own welfare.
block the convening of a national stra-      cused of undermining the state for his           Letters to demand the release of
tegy session in Cape Town opposing           leadership role in building community        Moses Mayekiso and all other political
sham municipal elections. The meet-          organizations in the black township of       prisoners should be directed to South
ing, itself banned by the government,        Alexandra . Charged with Mayekiso are        African Ambassador Dr. Pieter Koor-
had been called by COSATU for                his brother Mzwa .nele, Paul Tshabalala,     nof, Embassy of South Africa, 3051
September 24. It was to bring together       Richard Mdakane, and Obed Bapela.            Massachusetts Ave ., Washington, D.C.
72 anti-apartheid organizations to form           In early cross-examination, the         2008.
a broad united front around the princi-      prosecution has been focusing chiefly
ple, "one person, one vote
     The municipal elections ."were set up
                                             on Mayekiso's labor activities as General
                                             Secretary of the National Union of             Metalworkers Win
to ratify the installation of government-    Metalworkers (NUMSA) . The govern-               The National Union of Metalwork-
appointed town councils in the black         ment's "evidence" includes Mayekiso's       ers (NUMSA) proved this August that
townships. They have been a focus of         participation in international solidarity   black South African workers are not
protest by the United Democratic Front       campaigns calling for disinvestment         ready to give in to the rising tide of
since its formation . When the UDF and       and the release of detainees . Mayekiso     employer intimidation . On August 4,
16 other opposition groups were              affirmed his support for these positions.   NUMSA led 31,000 workers at over 180
banned from all activity last February,           An observer noted that the court-      factors on a national strike against the
COSATU took up a leadership role in          room has been packed with NUMSA             metal industry and its employer federa-
the protest, as one of the few organiza-     members from the Haggie-Rand Co.            tion, SEIFSA.
tions still able to function openly.         who are currently in a "dispute" with            The strike lasted two weeks and
     Despite the banning of the Septem-      their employer . Cross-examination of       ended in a victory settlement for NUM-
ber meeting, opposition groups were          Mayekiso will continue through              SA. Although SEIFSA itself did not
overwhelmingly successful in boycot-                                                     agree to union wage demands, 120 of its
ting the municipal elections this Oct-                                                   employer affiliates broke ranks and
ober. Only 10% of the eligible black                                                     settled above SEIFSAs offer. SEIFSA did
voters (3% of the voting age population)                                                 recognize NUMSA as the principal
showed up at the polls, under condi-                                                     union in the industrial council, recog-
tions of significant intimidation by the                                                 nized May Day and Soweto Day as holi-
police, employers and the government.                                                    days, agreed to wage restructuring, and
Obviously, the latest town councils have                                                 conceded to the arbitration of race
no mandate from the people .                                                             discrimination cases.

                                                  Since passage of the Act, COSATU       through industy-wide and inter-union
Labor Law Crackdown                          has continued protest actions, in-          actions . And the Act appears to have
                                             cluding a march in downtown Johan-          launched a new employer offensive
Continued from front page                    nesburg, factory demonstrations and         against the labor movement.
largest industrial action in South           shop steward rallies.                            COSATU leader Jai Naidoo com-
African history, conducted in the face of         Essentially, the Act means that        mented that while strikes have in-
threats and violence from employers          labor relations in South Africa are back    creased sharply this Fall, the issues have
and the government . Participation in        to the level of raw confrontation . The     shifted from wage demands to defend-
the stay-away was especially and sur-        main weapon left to the unions is their     ing union recognition and basic rights.
prisingly strong in the Natal, where         power to affect production at the plant     In September, 4,000 union workers were
workers had often been divided by pro-       level, forcing employers to negotiate       locked out, including 1,500 CCAWUSA
vocateurs. Both major labor federations,     contracts that override the restrictions    members at 15 Checkers stores, 1,800
COSATU and NACTU, joined in calling          of the new law or face intense disrup-      steelworkers in NUMSA, and 60 miners
for the action.                              tion. If the unions can continue their      in NUM.
     Employers were shocked by the ef-       high rate of organizing and can keep             International pressure on multina-
fectiveness of the stay-away and over        their ranks united, employers will find     tionals operating in South Africa may
the summer entered talks with COSATU         it too costly to seek remedies under the    be crucial to curbing employer attacks
about revising the bill. Clearly, they saw   law.                                        and muting the impact of the law . In
the risk of increased industrial strife if        The labor movement has no illu-        early November, word came via the
the bill passed . But in the end, the        sions, however–the Act is a major set-      British press that Pepsi-Cola S .A. and
employers associations capitulated to        back . It throws up a new web of legal      the Food and Commercial Workers
the government, accepted the new Act         barriers to action . It also inhibits the   Union had "agreed that the provisions
and refused to negoiate with the unions      labor movement's capability to raise        of the new Labor Relations Act will not
to counteract its worst aspects .            struggles beyond the plant level            be used between them
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 UNION TO UNION:
 ACTWUSA TOURS
    AMERICA
     Amon Ntuli is a South African tex-
tile worker, a shop steward at the
Frametex mill in Durban . Most morn-
ings he gets up at 3 :30 a .m., catches a
bus and then a train, in order to reach
his plant for the day shift at 6 :30 a . m. He
usually winds up his work around 4 :30           More than one border was crossed in a moment of solidarity when ACTWUSA
p.m., unless there's an evening union            leaders Amon Ntuli and John Copelyn (center) rallied support for Latino
meeting.                                         cemetery workers in Los Angeles, who are organizing with ACTWU.
     Then it's another three hour trek
back to his apartment in Umlaza, the             of the Archdiocese, since the Catholic         override the worst features of the law.
black township outside of Durban . His           church in Durban was a strong ally of          The act includes an attack on seniority
wife and three children live another two         ACTWUSA . In fact, he was writing a let-       rights during lay-offs and an attack on
hours away, in the Kwazulu reservation.          ter to his own bishop on the situation.        the union shop and majority represen-
He sees them on weekends, twice a                Following news coverage of the situa-          tation, along with the anti-strike
month . Because he is black, he cannot           tion, and an ACTWU campaign that               provisions.
get housing with his family near the             prompted hundreds of letters of sup-                Second, since the new law also
plant. That is only one injustice among          port, the Archbishop of Los Angeles            holds unions liable for damages or
the many experienced by black textile            has agreed to set a union election.            profit losses incurred by the employer
workers under apartheid.                              At their stop in New York, Ntuli and      during an unlawful stike, unions don't
     Amon Ntuli joined a union to fight          Copelyn spoke more about the                   intend to accumulate assets . They will
this system . Today, he is president of the      similarities in labor conditions here and      put their resources into organizing in-
Amalgamated Clothing and Textile                 in South Africa, addressing an LCAA            stead of big treasuries.
Workers Union of South Africa (ACT-              forum of 50 unionists . The two noted that          Third, ACTWUSA and COSATU
WUSA) . In ACTWUSA, even national                apartheid's repressive new labor rela-         will continue to promote national and
officers must be elected shop stewards           tions act (see front page) closely models      international protests against the labor
and work in their plant.                         the pattern of "legalistic, scientific         relations act, which violates basic tenets
     This October, however, Brother              management" now used in the U .S. and          of the United Nations ILO charter. Both
Ntuli's work took him far from Durban.           Britain . The common idea is to tie            Ntuli and Copelyn emphasized how im-
Leaving South Africa for the first time,         unions up in legal procedures and              portant worldwide labor support has
he attended alabor conference in Japan           disputes at every turn, inhibiting direct      been in keeping up pressure on em-
before making a tour across the U .S.            action and shop floor organization.            ployers and raising the costs of
with his American counterparts in the                 For example, the new South African        repression.
Amalgamated Clothing and Textile                 bill outlaws wildcat strikes, sympathy              The ACTWUSA tour broke the
Workers (ACTWU).                                 strikes and secondary boycotts, rights         ground for concrete acts of solidarity as
     The American tour by Ntuli, ac-             which American workers largely lost            well. While in the States, Ntuli and
companied by ACTWUSA General Sec-                under Taft-Hartley legislation in 1948.        Copelyn met with labor experts on how
retary John Copelyn, included plant              These types of job action have been            to establish worker-owned coopera-
visits and union forums in Los Angeles,          powerful tools in building South African       tives . They are interested in negotiating
Chicago, Georgia, North Carolina,                unions in this decade as they were for the     special funds with major employers to
Washington, D.C. and New York.                   CIO in the 1930's and '0s.                     help laid-off workers begin their own
     One highlight of the trip was a visit            Ntuli noted that at his Frametex plant    cottage industries . They also met with
with cemetery workers for the Catholic           of 6,500 workers, there have been an           United Farm Workers to discuss strate-
Archdiocese of Los Angeles, who for              average of five work stoppages a week          gies for agricultural organizing . ACT-
many months have been seeking union              to settle basic grievances, wage disputes      WUSA would like to sign up the 100,000
recognition through ACTWU. The cem-              or unfair dismissals . In addition, ACT-       cotton workers who now supply South
etary workers are Mexican, Chicano,              WUSA and other unions have used sym-           Africa's textile industry.
and Salvadoran, receiving minimal pay            pathy strikes and mass stay-aways over              ACTWU and ACTWUSA plan fur-
without basic benefits. The Archdio-             major issues like union recognition, the       ther joint activity, in what is becoming
cese has claimed they are not real               right to vote, and the police detention of     a model for international labor cooper-
employees, but religious workers, ex-            union activists.                               ation . Next year the two unions hope to
empt from labor law protection.                       When asked how ACTWUSA                    launch an annual program of exchange
     Joining the cemetery workers at a           planned to respond to the new act's            visits by worker delegations . ACTWUSA
graveside ceremony, Ntuli commented              sweeping restrictions, Secretary Copelyn       also hopes to send two organizers to
to the press his surprise American               replied that they would have a three-          participate in an upcoming ACTWU
workers faced so much employer resis-            part strategy. First, they will exert direct   organizing campaign in the U .S.
tance to unionization . He said he was           pressure on employers to re-negotiate          Employers beware : these folks know
particularly amazed the hostile attitude         contracts at the local plant level which       how to build a union.
   S.A . Chemical
   Workers Visit
     American unions had a chance to
learn more about the impacts of disin-
vestment and sanctions on workers in
South Africa during the visit this
September of a delegation from the
South African Chemical Workers In-
dustrial Union (CWIU) . The delegation
included CWIU President Calvin
Makgaleng, Secretary Treasurer Ronald
Mofokeng, and lead organizer Muzi
Buthelezi.
     The three leaders made a week-
long visit to New York and Washington,
following a stopover with trade union-
ists in Germany.
     In the course of their visit, the dele-
gation seemed impressed by the knowl-               CWIU workers protest the removal of their plant to the homeland of
edge American unionists had of condi-               Boputhatswana, where the union is not recognized.
tions in South Africa and by their will-
ingness to offer support and concrete          sent to 40 other multinationals, which       government turned down its appeal.
assistance . In turn, the CWIU im-             employed CWIU members and which              Sterling Drug, U.S.A . and S.A., have
pressed their American labor contacts          were the object of disinvestment             had their cake and eaten it, too.
with the complexities of disinvestment         campaigns.
issues, particularly the problem that               The union demands included joint                  Better Sanctions
"the more companies go, the more they          negotiations with all multi-nationals            The Chemical Workers are asking
stay."                                         organized by CWIU, one year's notice of      American unionists to apply pressure
                                               disinvestment, full disclosure of assets     on Sterling Drug here. The LCAA is de-
        Sham Disinvestment:                    and plans, good faith negoitiations over     veloping a two-part campaign around
           Sterling Drug                       such plans, a guarantee of no new con-       the issue. We are involving union mem-
     The Chemical Workers cited the            ditions of employment by new employ-         bers in City hospitals to monitor Sterl-
case of Sterling Drug ., an American           ers, and worker-controlled trust funds       ing Drug Inc . purchases, while at the
multinational that has maintained a            created from the profits made through        same time pressing the City Council to
subsidiary in South Africa, Sterling           disinvestment. None of the companies         pass comprehensive sanctions which
Drug, S .A ., located in Durban and            agreed. Two subsqequently disinvested        bar the City from doing business with
represented by CWIU . Sterling Drug            without informing the union . New man-       companies that hold licensing and fran-
Inc. was bought out by Eastman Kodak           agement then refused to recognize exist-     chise agreements in South Africa (see
Corporation last year and sold its shares      ing union contracts.                         front page).
in Sterling Drug S.A . to a South African           Sterling Drug's response was to             The Chemical Workers are also ask-
company, Adcock-Ingram . Sterling              deny any plans to pull out of South          ing American unionists to heed the les-
Drug Inc . was then removed from the           Africa . The union only learned of the       sons of Sterling Drug and not allow U.S.
list of U.S . companies still doing busi-      sale to Adcock-Ingram after the fact.        companies to use disinvestment as a
ness in South Africa, as is Kodak, to          The new Sterling Drug S .A./Adcock           camouflage for reneging on union
much acclaim.                                  then refused to meet with the CWIU to        rights and benefits . The CWIU strongly
      However, Sterling Drug had               discuss workers' rights, such as sever-      supports the inclusion of labor rights
granted Sterling Drug S .A./Adcock the         ance pay, the integrity of benefit and       clauses in all sanctions or disinvestment
right to produce and market Sterling's         pension funds, and the stability of col-     actions, as does its parent federation,
brand-name medications, including              lective bargaining agreements under          COSATU.
Panado, Compral and Sterns Pine Tar.           the new ownership.                               The CWIU leaders pointed out the
Under this arrangement, the American-               CWIU appealed to the Industrial         need for direct communication between
based company is assured a steady              Court to intervene. At the hearing, Sterl-   U.S. anti-apartheid campaigns seeking
profit from South Africa, while tech-          ing Drug S.A./Adcock claimed that no         disinvestment and South African un-
 nically complying with existing sanc-         disinvestment had occurred, only that        ions representing the affected workers.
 tions laws.                                   the company had changed sole share-          By sharing information and developing
      In July 1987, prior to the Sterling      holders . They argued that the union         common strategy, both South African
 Drug pull-out, the CWIU had sent a let-       should seek relief from the U .S. parent     and American unionists can more effec-
 ter requesting the company disclose its       Sterling Drug Inc ., which on its part       tively expose sham disinvestment,
 disinvestment plans and negotiate with        claimed to be disinvested and no longer      sanctions violations, labor rights
 the union over standards for possible         involved . The union was trapped in an       abuses, and instances where disinvest-
 disinvestment . Similar requests were         obvious Catch-22, on top of which the        ment is a cover for union-busting .
	
		




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                Small struggles enter labor history                                                                                                        More than three years later, the
           because they capture the essence of the                                                                                                     Sarmcol workers are still fighting for
           movment, telling us about the personal                                                                                                      their rights in the face of enormous
           courage and sacrifice it takes to fight for                                                                                                 hardship . Unity has been maintained
           justice against oppression . In South                                                                                                       despite vicious violence in the workers'
           Africa today, one such historic struggle                                                                                                    township, where vigilantes have ab-
           is the Sarmcol workers strike.                                                                                                               ducted, torture and murdered key strike
                                                                                                                                                       leaders.
               The struggle began in April 1985,                                                                                                           The lead worker-actor in the Sarm-
           when 950 workers at BTR-Dunlop ' s                                                                                                          col strikers ' play, "The Long March,"
           Sarmcol plant in Natal went out on a                                                                                                        was among those slain . This
           legal strike for union recognition, led by                                                                                                  September, a busload of Sarmcol                                                                                                                 The Sarmcol strikers have outlasted
           the metalworkers union, now NUMSA.                                                                                                          workers on their way to a COSATU                                                                                                           legal repression as well . Even though
           They were all fired after two days and                                                                                                      meeting was firebombed. The workers                                                                                                        BTR admitted in court that it has used
           replaced by scabs . The strikers' average                                                                                                   were sleeping in the bus, since they                                                                                                       the strike to crush the union and had
           length of service in the plant was 18                                                                                                       could not get hotel accommodations at                                                                                                      cooperated with the Security Branch in
           years .                                                                                                                                     the nearby Holiday Inn .                                                                                                                   targeting workers, the Industrial Court
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rejected the union's appeal for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  intervention.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Perhaps most moving, however,
                                ... ... . . . . . . . ... . . ... . . . . . ... Shell                                     Boycott Update :::. .: :r:	                                                                                                     rr	                               :.    has been the workers' collective battle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  against starvation . Since they are black-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  listed and there are no other jobs in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  area, SARMCOL workers have had to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  develop their own resources for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  survival.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       With the aid of their union, workers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and their families have started SAWCO,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  a five-part cooperative : avegetable coop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  to grow food, a printing coop to produce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  labor T-shirts, a health coop to monitor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  malnutrition, abuying coop to distribute
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NUMSA food parcels, and a cultural
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  coop to spread the message . Their play
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  has toured South Africa and Britain.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The coop has also started a woman's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  chorus.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       NUMSA has organized an interna-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 tional campaign against Sarmcol's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 owners, the British multinational
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 BTR-Dunlop . BTR is one of the ten larg-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 est corporations in Britain . It is based in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 London, with hundreds of subsidiaries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 around the world, including Dunlop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 sporting goods . It has pursued its anti-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 union, anti-worker policies globally as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 well . There have recently been pro-
     On Soweto Day, June 16, hundreds of New York labor, church and community ac-                                                                                                                                                                                                                tracted srtrikes against BTR not only in
     tivists rallied outside Shell Headquarters at Rockefeller Center, demanding that                                                                                                                                                                                                            South Africa, but also in Britain, the
     Shell and Mobil Oil get out of South Africa . The day's events included a march                                                                                                                                                                                                             U.S. and Trinidad.
     through Manhattan, Congressional delegations to support comprehensive sanc-                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A campaign to expose and curb
     tions legislation, and a call to tighten up New York City sanctions . Nomande Ngubo,                                                                                                                                                                                                        BTR's practices is now underway in Bri-
     above, spoke for the national Shell Boycott.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tain . American workers can help too, by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 documenting the use of BTR-Dunlop
                      Current activities in the Shell/Mobil campaigns include a demonstration obser-                                                                                                                                                                                             products in their workplace and notify-
     ving Human Rights Day, on December 9, at noon outside the Mobil Headquarters,                                                                                                                                                                                                               ing the NY LCAA c/o CWA Local 1180,
     150, East 42nd St., Manhattan.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6 Harrison St., NY NY 10013 (718-768-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 1756) . Workers and unions can also
                       New York groups also sent a delegation on November 10 to Bankers' Trust, call-                                                                                                                                                                                            send support donations to the Sarmcol
     ing on the bank to join the Shell Boycott Shareholders Campaign to force a Shell
     shareholders meeting on the issue of disinvestment.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         strikers c/o SAWCO, P.O. Box 156,
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                 City Sanctions                                                                                                                              hensive Sanctions Bill of 1988, the
                                                                                                                                                             Dellums-Cranston bill.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The new bill itself was introduced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 by City Council Peter Uallone and is co-
                                                                                                                                                                  The need to close the loopholes in                                                                                                                             sponsored by Council members Katz-
                 Cbsing the Loopholes                                                                                                                        existing City law, including labor rights                                                                                                                           man, Casteneira Colon, Clark, Foster,
                                                                                                                                                             protections, has gained attention                                                                                                                                   Pinkett, Rivera, Robles, Spigner,
                                                                                                                                                             through the work of the LCAA, church                                                                                                                                Williams and Wooten . The framework
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                                                                                                                                                             groups, and several City officials over                                                                                                                             for the bill was developed with strong
                 heid. They should not have to bear the                                                                                                      the past year.                                                                                                                                                      support from Borough President
                 main burdens of its undoing.                                                                                                                     For example, workers at Bellevue                                                                                                                               Dinkins' office and City Council
                      "Companies that are withdrawing                                                                                                        Hospital discovered the HHC was pur-                                                                                                                                member Ruth Messinger's office.
                 from South Africa and occupied                                                                                                              chasing Hewlitt-Packard equipment,                                                                                                                                       Hearings on the amendments to
                 Namibia should be held accountable for                                                                                                      while the company maintains a plant in                                                                                                                              Local Laws 19 and 81 will be held in
                 observing the basic labor rights of their                                                                                                   South Africa . Leaders of the Chemical                                                                                                                              early December. It is not yet clear if the
                 employees as they terminate business                                                                                                        Worker Industrial Union in South                                                                                                                                    bill will have smooth passage or face a
                 there . Companies should not be allowed                                                                                                     Africa, visiting New York, documented                                                                                                                               major challenge by affected corpora-
                 to use disinvestment, in any f orm, as                                                                                                      the case of Sterling Drug maintaining its                                                                                                                           tions .New York City is a large, lucrative
                 cause to abrogate or erode union con-                                                                                                       South African profits through licensing                                                                                                                             market for many companies who have
                 tracts,employee benefits, or other hard-                                                                                                    agreements (see story page 3).                                                                                                                                      not responsibly disinvested and they
                 wonjob protections :'                                                                                                                            Manhattan Borough President                                                                                                                                    have already expressed alarm at
                      The LCAA and its sponsors have                                                                                                         David Dinkins challenged proposed                                                                                                                                   tougher City sanctions.
                 called f or specific provisions in the new                                                                                                  City purchases of GM and Ford vehicles                                                                                                                                   The LCAA and the New York labor
                 bill ensuring that the South African and                                                                                                    at the City Board of Estimate, since                                                                                                                                movement will mobilize in the coming
                 Namibian employees of divesting com-                                                                                                        those companies maintain subsidiaries                                                                                                                               weeks for passage of the bill, with
                 panieshave the right to advance notice                                                                                                      in South Africa . Comptroller Harrison                                                                                                                              strong labor rights amendments . We
                 of the termination of business and the                                                                                                      Goldin, at the request ofanti-apartheid                                                                                                                             will also be developing a Workers
                 right to good f aith negotiations over the                                                                                                  groups, discovered that the City was                                                                                                                                Monitoring Campaign for 1989, enlist-
                 terms of such termination . Both condi-                                                                                                     purchasing at least $3 million in oil                                                                                                                               ingthe help of union locals and mem-
                 tionshavebeen put forward by the Con-                                                                                                       products from Shell, presumably                                                                                                                                     bers on the job to monitor City pur-
                 gress of South African Trade Unions                                                                                                         through third-party vendors and                                                                                                                                     chases and to report to the new en-
                 (COSATU) and by the U.S . Compre-                                                                                                           employee reimbursements .                                                                                                                                           forcement agency.
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                        LCAA sponsors .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          .. .                                                . .                              . ,

                        Co-chairs : Stanley HIII, Exec. Dir., D.C. 37, AFSCME ; Ceorglanna Johnson, Pres., District 1199
                        Steering Committee: Lou Albano, Pres., Local 325, D.C. 37, AFSCME; Ed Allen, Assoc. Dlr., Corporate Campaign, Inc.; Beverly Gana, Dlr., Region 9A, United Auto Workers;
                        Jlm Bell, Pres,,, NY~Coalition of Black Trade Unionists ; George Boncoragllo, Pres., CSEA Metro Region 2 ; Jim Butbr, Pres ., Local 420, D.C. 37, AFSCME; Arthur Chellotea, Pres., Local 1180,
                        CommunicatiorisWorkers ofAmerica ; Charles Ensley, Pres., Local 371, D.C. 37, AFSCME ; Bany Feinstein, Pres., Local 237 , InYI Brothefiood of Teamsters ; Janet Friedman, Pres.,
                        Committee of Interns and Residents ; Harry Foner, Pres., Furriers Council, United Food 8~ Commercial Workers ; John Glaael, Pres., Local 802, American Federation of Musicians;
                        BIII Henning, Vice Pres., Local 1180, Communication Workers of America ; John Hudson, Manager, Headwear Joint Board, ACTWU ; Dan Kane, Pres., Local 111, Int'I Brotherhood of Teamsters;
                        Josephine LeBeau, Vice Pres., NYS Coalition of Labor Union Women ; Barry Llebowitz, Pres., Doctors Council; William Lucy, Pres., Coalition of Black Trade Unionists;
                        Josle McMillan, Pres., Metro Area Postal Workers Union, APWU ; Sam Meyers, Pres., United Auto Workers; Henry Nichols, Pres., NaYI Union of Hospital &Health Care Employees;
                        William Nuchow, Sec. Treas., Local 840, Int'I Brotherhood of Teamsters; Jan Pler+ce, Vice Pres. for District 1, Communication Workers of America; Marlon Porro, Pres., Local 1930, AFSCME;
                        Bettye Roberts, Pres., District Council 1707, AFSCME ; Cleveland Robinson, Sec: Treas., District 65, United Auto Workers ; Edgar Romney, Manager, Local23-25, InYI Ladies Gam~ent Workers Union;
                        CharlesSallee, Exec ice-Pres., ACTWU ; JadcShelnkman, PreS, ACTVW ; CedlToppin, Manager, Service &ANied IndustriesJdnt Board, AG'tWU ; kfaTorres, VioeP►es, Loc~l3, Storewnrlaers Union, RSONW

								
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