The following resolution was submitted by CWA 9423 to the California
AFL-CIO Convention in July and passed unanimously.
OPPOSE TIPS SUPPORT FREEDOM!
WHEREAS the Bush Administration has announced the Terrorism Information and
Prevention System, "A National system for concerned workers to report
suspicious activity", and
WHEREAS, as proposed, Operation TIPS the Terrorism Information and
Prevention System is intended to blanket the Nation giving millions of
American truckers, letter carriers, train conductors, ship captains, utility
employees and others a formal way to report suspicious terrorist activity,
WHEREAS Operation TIPS, involving one million workers in the ten city pilot
stage will be a national reporting system that allows these workers whose
routines make them well-positioned to recognize unusual events, to report
suspicious activity beginning August 2002, and
WHEREAS workers who interact with the public routinely, hold the publicıs
interest at heart. Emergency situations of all types have been responded to
by workers without legislation.
WHEREAS, the perception by the public that certain workers may be spying on
them regardless of guilt is reason for grave concern, for this tactic is an
attack on our freedom,
WHEREAS, as seen in Nazi Germany, with workers encouraged to spy on each
other, neighbors on neighbors and even family members to spy on their own
kin, the government utilized these tactics more for their self preservation,
they must be opposed.
RESOLVED the 24th Biennial Convention of the California Labor Federation,
oppose this program and encourage our elected leaders in Congress, State
Government and City and County levels, to oppose this draconian TIPS
RESOLVED that we call upon the AFL-CIO to join us in demanding that
President Bush and Congress, cease and desist any development of this
program which is an attack on our freedom. In addition, employers affected
should be advised of organized laborıs opposition.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be submitted to all locals,
unions, councils and other organizations affiliated with the California
Labor Federation for itıs adoption and subsequent action notifying Congress
and the President.