[Last update: 14 January 2003]

We Establish U.S. Labor Against the War

11 January 2003

WHEREAS, over 100 trade unionists from 76 local, regional and national unions, central labor councils and other labor organizations (see details below) representing over 2 million members gathered in Chicago for an unprecedented meeting to discuss our concerns about the Bush administration’s threat of war; and

WHEREAS, union members and leaders have the responsibility to inform all working people about issues that affect their lives, jobs and families, and to be heard in the national debate on these issues; and

WHEREAS, the principal victims of any military action in Iraq will be the sons and daughters of working class families serving in the military who will be put in harm's way, and innocent Iraqi civilians who have already suffered so much; and

Whereas, we have no quarrel with the ordinary working class men, women and children of Iraq, or any other country; and

Whereas, the billions of dollars spent to stage and execute this war are being taken away from our schools, hospitals, housing and Social Security; and

Whereas, the war is a pretext for attacks on labor, civil, immigrant and human rights at home; and

Whereas, Bush's drive for war serves as a cover and distraction for the sinking economy, corporate corruption and layoffs; and

Whereas, such military action is predicted actually to increase the likelihood of retaliatory terrorist acts; and

Whereas, there is no convincing link between Iraq and Al Qaeda or the attacks on Sept. 11, and neither the Bush administration nor the UN inspections have demonstrated that Iraq poses a real threat to Americans; and

Whereas, U.S. military action against Iraq threatens the peaceful resolution of disputes among states, jeopardizing the safety and security of the entire world, including Americans; and

Whereas, labor has had an historic role in fighting for justice; therefore

We hereby establish the U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW); and

Resolve that U.S. Labor Against the War stands firmly against Bush's war drive; and

Further resolve that U.S. Labor Against the War will publicize this statement, and promote union, labor and community antiwar activity.

Adopted January 11, 2003 in Chicago, IL.

Signed:

Central Labor Bodies:
   Albany CLC
   Duluth Central Labor Body
   King County Labor Council
   Monterey Bay CLC
   Philadelphia Central Labor Council
   Rochester CLC
   Sacramento Labor Council
   San Francisco Labor Council
   Saratoga Labor Council
   South Bay Labor Council
   Troy CLC
   Vancouver District Labor Council
   Washington, DC CLC


State Federations:
   California Federation of Labor
   Hawaii State Federation
   Washington State Labor Council


District/Regional Organizations:
   1199/SEIU
   AFSCME District 1707 Council
   Bergen County Central Trades Council
   CA Pipe Trades Council
   California Federation of Teachers
   California Faculty Association/SEIU Local 1983
   California Nurses' Association
   IAM District Lodge 77 Retirees
   New Mexico Carpenters
   New York State Nurses' Association
   SEIU 1199 NE
   SEIU 1199 PA
   SEIU Wisconsin District
   Wisconsin Federation of Teachers


National Organizations:
   AFSCME International Exec. Bd.
   Canadian Auto Workers
   NWU/UAW Local 1981
   Pride at Work
   United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers


Local Organizations:
   AFSCME Local 1549
   AFSCME Local 1930, DC 37
   AFSCME Local 215
   AFSCME Local 304
   AFSCME Local 3800
   AFSCME Local 444
   AFSCME Local 446/CSEA
   AFT Local 1474, UC-Berkeley
   AFT Local 1521
   AFT Local 2026
   AFT Local 2190/UUP, SUNY
   AFT Local 2334, Professional Staff Congress, CUNY
   AFT Local 4345
   AFT Local 6
   AFT/West Haven Federation of Teachers
   Coalition of University Employees, Local 3
   CWA Local 1180CWA Local 9423
   HERE Local 2
   HERE Local 5
   IAM Local Lodge 459
   ILWU Local 10
   ILWU Local 5
   ILWU Local 6
   Millwrights' Local 2158
   NALC Branch 214
   Oakland Education Association
   OPEIU Local 2
   Painters and Tapers Local 913
   Plumbers & Fitters Local 393
   RWDSU Local 108
   SEIU Local 250
   SEIU Local 254
   SEIU Local 535
   SEIU Local 660
   SEIU Local 715
   SEIU Local 73
   Teamsters Local 705
   UAW Local 2865, Univ. of CA
   UAW Local 600
   United Brotherhood of Carpenters/New Mexico
   United Teachers of Los Angeles


Census:
   Locals    42
   District/Regional    13
   National    5
   CLC    12
   State Fed     5
   Cmtes.    22
   Indivs.    46


Locals by affiliation:  
   9 AFT
   7 AFSCME
   6 SEIU
   3 ILWU
   2 CWA, HERE,  UAW, 2 Independent
   1 IAM, IBT, Plumber, UBC, Millwright, RWDSU, Painter, OPEIU, NALC


Locals by state:
   17 CA
    6 NY
    2 MN,  DC
    1 CT, WA, HI, IL, MA, MI, NM, OR, PA, NJ
    5 unknown


Central Labor Councils:
   Albany, Duluth, Seattle/King Co., Monterey/Santa Cruz,
   Philadelphia, Rochester, Sacramento, Saratoga, San Francisco,
   So. Bay/San Jose, Troy, Vancouver, Washington DC


District Region by state:
   4 CA
   3 NY
   2 WI
   1 NJ, NM, MN, PA, Northeast


Committees by state:
   5 NY
   4 CA
   2 Canada, WA
   1 OH, US, OR, MI, MA, IL, DC, 1 unknown
 


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