The president of the Newspaper Guild tonight ordered an end to his union's involvement in a Latin American leadership program funded with $100,000 a year from the Agency for International Development.
President Charles A. Perlik Jr. took the action after the guild's resolutions committee defeated on a tie vote a resolution to prohibit the union from involvement in programs financed by U.S. agencies or private corporations.
In announcing his decision to the guild's International Executive Board, meeting at the union's annual convention here, Perlik acknowledged the possibility of the resolution being passed in a floor vote.
The program to develop "responsible trade union leadership" in the Latin American newspaper industry was approved last October by the executive board on an 8 to 6 vote.
The program is financed by AID through the American Institute for Labor Development of the AFL-CIO to the guild, which administers it.
Some members of the guild, a union of 33,000 editorial and business employes of American and Canadian newspapers, opposed the Latin American program because it was financed by the U.S. government.They felt the union should not accept government funds.
In acting to terminate the program, Perlik said he would prepare a substitute resolution saying that the guild would not accept government or corporate funds.