From September 24 1995 DETROIT JOURNAL,
the paper of the striking workers of

Fringe groups may include security personnel

The Metropolitan Council of Newspaper Unions on Friday announced that six
organizations that purport to be picketing in sympathy with striking unions
have nothing to do with the unions and may in fact have been infiltrated by
security personnel hired by Detroit Newspapers Inc.

The six radical groups also could be receiving financial aid from the
Detroit News and Free Press in an effort to discredit the striking unions,
said Al Derey, Chairman of the Metropolitan Council of Newspaper Unions and
Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 372.

"These radical elements have no connection with us, and we believe that
Vance Security, one of the private paramilitary companies hired by the
papers, could be controlling these so-called radicals," Derey said.

Groups identified by the Council of Unions as being part of the radical
fringe include: Justice for Malice Green Coalition; National Women's Rights
Organizing Coalition; Rank and File Solidarity Committee; City Workers for
Justice; Membership Action Committee, and the Revolutionary Workers League.

Recently, these radicals have been trying to dictate behavior on union
picket lines in an effort to discredit the council of unions, Derey said.

The council of unions planned massive, peaceful rallies Saturday at the
Riverfront and Sterling Heights printing plants.
(Note a number of the "fringe groups mentioned were RWL-run groups.)
The Baltimore Evening Sun
Copyright 1995 @ The Baltimore Sun Company

Wednesday, September 6, 1995


Outsiders blamed in strike violence
From Wire Reports

Police and union officials yesterday blamed outside agitators
from left-wing groups for encouraging a violent confrontation near
a Sterling Heights, Mich., plant where Detroit's daily newspapers
are printed.

The four-hour standoff ended early yesterday with 23 people
arrested and several injured. Sixteen of those arrested were
strikers. Police didn't know the background of the others.

Police Chief Thomas Derocha said that nonstriking agitators
had spurred on the violence. A Teamsters Union leader showed
reporters a flier passed out on the picket line that criticized the
unions for "a useless, passivist civil disobedience strategy." It
is signed by several left-wing groups, including the Revolutionary
Workers League.

Six unions representing 2,500 workers at the Detroit News and
Detroit Free Press walked out on July 13, mostly over wages and
work rules.