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UAW lawyers' local fights congressional subpoena

House committee seeks details on Gaza cease-fire vote

Posted 4/5/24

A United Auto Workers local representing public defenders in New York declined to comply with a congressional subpoena this week, arguing in a letter to a House of Representatives committee that its demands exceed its jurisdiction and threaten workers’ free speech rights.

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina), chair of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, subpoenaed the Association of Legal Aid Attorney’s Local 2325 on March 11 for information regarding a vote that ALAA members took in December on a resolution calling for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. Foxx initially requested a bevy of information on matters related to the resolution in a January letter to ALAA’s president, Lisa Ohta. When the union failed to respond to the request, Foxx subpoenaed the union.

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