To the Editor:
An October 13th column “Investigation of toolgate needed” was printed in the Warwick Beacon in which an anonymous emailer stated: “If anyone speaks out, there will be retaliation”. Mr. Cushman’s response to this statement was: “Where is the union leadership to protect these workers instead of protecting Mr. Naylor?”
The answer is – the leadership of Local 1651 is at all times ready to protect the rights of all of its members – something this union has demonstrated time and again throughout the years.
It is the union leadership’s obligation to represent all members in an effective and fair manner. Leadership is also required to carry out union policy and representation of its members according to the democratic standards set out in our constitution and collective bargaining agreements. The Union has a legal obligation to represent all of its members, including Mr. Naylor.
Local 1651 never received a copy of this anonymous email. Regardless, this Local has always taken action when it becomes aware of threats, retaliation or unjust treatment. To insinuate anything different is dishonest. In this case, the Union has not been made aware of any such treatment or threats, but will take appropriate action if and when any occur.
The collective bargaining process is the most desirable, democratic, and effective method to provide a voice in the workplace. Local 1651 is committed to the welfare of all of our members, so that we may continue to provide the vital public services our citizens rely on.
Union President – Warwick Municipal Employee’s Union, Local 1651, RI Council 94, AFSCME