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Writers Guild of America, East Calls on the AFL-CIO to Disaffiliate with the International Union of Police Associations


On June 8, The Council of the Writers Guild of America, East, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, unanimously passed a resolution calling on the AFL-CIO to disaffiliate with the International Union of Police Associations (IUPA). The resolutions state in part, “We believe that police unions are incompatible with the AFL-CIO’s stated goals: ‘to vanquish oppression, privation and cruelty in all their forms,’ and to improve the lives of working families and pursue social equity. As long as police unions continue to wield their collective bargaining power as a cudgel, preventing reforms and accountability, no one is safe. Therefore, we believe that police unions do not belong in our labor coalition.”

On June 9, the General Board of the AFL-CIO adopted a set of recommendations to “take concrete action to address America’s long history of racism and police violence against black people.” In addition to calling for the immediate resignations of the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for “their roles in the misuse of federal military power to put down peaceful demonstrations,” the AFL-CIO announced a plan to convene a meeting of the approximately dozen affiliate unions with law enforcement units to discuss the development of a code of excellence to create systemic change from within organized labor, including a monitoring and enforcement mechanism.

The AFL-CIO also issued a statement in which it disagreed with the call to cut ties with IUPA. “First and foremost, we believe police officers, and everyone who works for a living, have the right to collective bargaining,” the statement said in part. “We have a dozen affiliate unions who represent law enforcement in some form. There are officers of every color, background and stripe in America. We believe the best way to use our influence on the issue of police brutality is to engage our police affiliates rather than isolate them.”