CWA Kills Vote on Net Neutrality at California Convention
by Matt Stoller, Sat Apr 28, 2007 at 06:07:37 PM EDT
The Communications Workers of America were able to kill the net neutrality resolution at the California State Democratic Party Convention, not through a straight up vote (which they would have lost), but through changing the rules so the resolution had to go through the labor caucus. Jim Gordon of CWA is chair of the labor caucus. Calitics reports and will have more on the unfolding story coming out of the California Democratic Party.
Net neutrality, as a resolution for this convention, is in effect dead. The resolution has been referred to the Labor Caucus, and that ruling will stand.
Now there is some good news. Brad Parker, a member of PDA and a staunch supporter of Net Neutrality, is on the Labor Caucus. He has spoken to people on that caucus and people on the Resolutions Committee, and he believes that he can get a strong resolution to the floor by the next convention. So it's a waiting game.
What has not been resolved is the idea that you can refer a resolution to a caucus, which as I said is unprecedented. Parker intends to take it up in the Resolutions Committee happening right now, and if not there then in the Rules Committee. The shenanigans pulled here were unconscionable.
This is dirty pool. CWA could have made their case to the full convention on net neutrality, but Jim Gordon and his ilk chose not to, instead saying they are sticking the resolution in a random caucus they control to die.
I hope CWA President Larry Cohen is proud of the undemocratic tactics his union people pursued today. I guess we see the disinformation and dishonesty isn't isolated to Maryland or claims that internet companies (like this one) pay no hosting fees.
Update [2007-4-29 16:17:19 by Matt Stoller]:: A source told me that CWA may not have done anything regarding the net neutrality resolution being prevented from coming to the floor. She's not saying it didn't happen at the behest of CWA, only that it might not have happened that way. It seems that referring a net neutrality resolution to the labor caucus is an odd choice, but the evidence here isn't conclusive. It could just be part of an overall 'screw you' message from CDP Chair Art Torres to delegates.