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ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU NEWS RELEASE * NEWS RELEASE * NEWS RELEASE * NEWS RELEASE Lack of Protection for Basic Rights in the Workplace Decried; ACLU Reacts to Initial Report of U.S. Labor-Management Commission For IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 31, 1994 NEW YORK -- Following is a statement from Lewis M. Maltby, Director of the ACLU's National Task Force on Civil Liberties In the Workplace. "In releasing its initial fact-finding report on the state of labor-management relations in the United States today, the Dunlop Commission identified many penetrating and useful insights. We look forward to its final report containing specific recommendations. "There is one dimension to this critical issue, however, that has not received adequate attention -- the lack of protection for basic rights in the American workplace. Unlike other advanced industrial nations, the United States does not provide meaningful protection for freedom of speech, privacy, due process and other fundamental rights while a person is at work. "While the U. s. Constitution and Bill of Rights are models for the world, the rights they provide protect us only against abuses by the government. They do not apply to private corporations. You check your constitutional rights at the door when you go to work. "The Dunlop Commission has correctly said that a lack of trust and cooperation lie at the heart of America's problems with international competitiveness and economic performance. The root of the antagonistic atmosphere in our workplaces is that employees essentially have no rights. "People do not lend their hearts and minds to the job when they have no rights. "If we are to achieve the high-performance economy that both employees and companies desire, it is imperative that we extend protection for basic human rights into the working lives of all Americans. We call upon the Dunlop Commission to incorporate this simple truth into its final report." --endit-- ============================================================= ACLU Free Reading Room | A publications and information resource of the gopher:// | American Civil Liberties Union National Office | | "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty"


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