International Longshore and Warehouse Union

International Longshore and Warehouse Union M/S/C/U
Thirty-fifth International Convention 6/7/12 pm
San Diego, California
June 4 – 8, 2012 Resolution # R-21
TO END CORPORATE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS
WHEREAS: the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Citizens United v. the Federal Election
Commission rolled back legal restrictions on corporate spending in the electoral
process, allowing unlimited corporate spending to threaten the voice of “We the
People” and the very foundation of our democracy; and
WHEREAS: corporations are not mentioned in the Constitution, and The People have never
granted constitutional rights to corporations, nor have we decreed that
Corporations have authority that exceeds the authority of “We The People”; and
WHEREAS: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black in a 1938 opinion stated, “I do not
believe the word ‘person’ in the Fourteenth Amendment includes corporations;
and
WHEREAS: money affects the quality and quantity of speech, and is NOT, in itself, speech,
and allowing corporations with great wealth to use it as speech effectively
drowns out the protected free speech of the People in our diverse society; and
WHEREAS: the Citizens decision supersedes state and local efforts to regulate corporate
activity in their elections; THEREFORE BE IT
RESOLVED: that by the adoption of this resolution, the ILWU shall include in its’ Federal and
State legislative programs support for a Constitutional Amendment and other
legislative actions ensuring that only human beings, not corporations, are
endowed with constitutional rights and that money is not speech, and therefore
regulating the expenditure of corporate money to influence the electoral process
is no longer a form of constitutionally protected speech; and BE IT FINALLY
RESOLVED: that the ILWU endorses and supports this resolution by educating our members,
promoting and supporting such legislative activities in our Locals, District
Councils and at the International Level
RPW/OPEIU 29—AFL-CIO

Supporting Endorsement