Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Union Resolution

Resolution to Oppose Presidential Signing Statements Authorizing Warrantless Searches and Seizures

Whereas, the President of the United States has asserted the right to search our citizens' mail without a warrant,

And Whereas, the Congress, in passing the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, has specifically forbidden such searches without a court order;

And Whereas, the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution requires that no search be warranted except on “probable cause”;

And Whereas, allowing the President to engage in warrantless searches and seizures threatens the ability of our workers and organizers to engage in the independent political activities required for their success in expanding the power and effectiveness of the nation’s Labor Movement;

and Whereas, the high esteem of America's postal workers could be endangered if our customers are afraid that we could be opening their mail;

Therefore Be it Resolved that the [insert name of union here] declares this an unjust and unconstitutional violation of law;

And Be it Further Resolved that we will oppose any attempts by this President to interpret the law in this way;

And Be it Finally Resolved that all workers and representatives of the people must be encouraged to do all they can to oppose this subversion of our democracy and the theft of our natural-born rights as the free people of this republic.

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