Monthly Archives: December 2002

National Labor Meeting to Discuss War on Iraq (Labor Standard)

http://www.laborstandard.org/Iraq/Natl_Labor_Mtg.htm

National Labor Meeting to Discuss War on Iraq

The following announcement of a National Labor Meeting to be held in Chicago on Jan. 11, 2003, was forwarded by the Kansas City Labor Party organizing committee. It was posted on Dec. 28 by the Massachusetts Labor Party, as well as on the public listserv “Milwaukee Peace” and on other Internet sites.

Apparently the announcement was originally sent to selected invitees only. The announcement says in part:

“For more information, to make suggestions, and to RSVP please contact either:

Gene Bruskin

or

Bob Muehlenkamp

202-833-8526

301-346-3665

“Please include your name, union, title/position/office if appropriate, address, phone, e-mail contact.  If your union has already passed a resolution opposing the war, please send it along; please bring copies of any materials to the meeting.”

Labor opposition to war on Iraq is vital, and this national labor gathering could have great impact.  We are especially encouraged that Labor Party figures such as Gerry Zero, Brenda Stokely, Bruce J. Kipple, and Alan Benchich are participating. It is also encouraging that among those calling for the Jan. 11 meeting in Chicago is the president of the Duluth Central Labor Body, which passed a resolution on Nov. 14, 2002, saying in part: “the Bush administration is seeking any pretext to overthrow the government of a sovereign nation, in violation of international law.”

However, there is a weakness that should be noted in the announced “purpose” of the Jan. 11 meeting. The perspective outlined in the announcement is reliance on the United Nations and uncritical acceptance of the supposed peacemaking role of the UN. The announcement concludes: “We have the responsibility and the opportunity to join with other mainstream American membership organizations to influence the Bush administration not to act outside the UN. That is the purpose of this meeting.” This seems to suggest that a war would be all right if it was “inside the UN”—that is, if it was authorized by a UN Security Council resolution. In fact, what is called for is unconditional opposition to this War for Oil, regardless of the position of the fifteen-member UN Security Council, which is dominated by three of its five “permanent members,” the U.S., Britain, and France, i.e., the world’s wealthiest industrial powers. The UN Security Council acts in the interests of the giant corporate employers who control the dominant governments (U.S., Britain, France, etc.). It does NOT act in the interests of labor or of the working class majority around the world.

Labor needs to take its own independent position in opposition to corporate-dominated wars that are harmful to working people everywhere. Labor should not make its opposition to the prospective war on Iraq dependent on a more subtly disguised vehicle of the multinational corporations—the United Nations.

The spirit of the resolution adopted by Chicago Teamsters Local 705, which places the emphasis on international working class solidarity and does not appeal to UN resolutions (with all their trickery)—that is the spirit in which labor in the United States needs to oppose the impending fat cats’ War for Oil.

We reprint here the resolution by Chicago Teamsters Local 705. Since this National Labor Meeting to discuss the impending war on Iraq will be held at Teamsters Local 705, the spirit of that local’s resolution is especially relevant.

Teamsters Local 705 Against War on Iraq

“Whereas, we value the lives of our sons and daughters, of our brothers and sisters more than Bush’s control of Middle East oil profits

“Whereas, we have no quarrel with the ordinary working-class men, women, and children of Iraq who will suffer the most in any war

“Whereas, the billions of dollars being spent to stage and execute this invasion, means billions taken away from our schools, hospitals, housing, and social security

“Whereas, Bush’s drive for war serves as a cover and a distraction for the sinking economy, corporate corruption, layoffs, Taft-Hartley (used against the locked out ILWU longshoremen)

“Whereas, Teamsters Local 705 is known far and wide as fighters for justice

“Be it Resolved that Teamsters Local 705 stands firmly against Bush’s drive for war

“Further Resolved that the Teamsters Local 705 Executive Board publicize this statement, and seek out other unions, labor and community activists interested in promoting antiwar activity in the labor movement and community.

“We ask all those who support and are encouraged by this statement to contact Teamsters Local 705 to offer support:  Teamsters Local 705, 312 738-2800 or http://www.teamsterslocal705.org”

We also urge readers to consider the arguments made in the accompanying article by Joe Auciello, “Can the United Nations Avert War on Iraq?”

December 16, 2002

We would like to invite you to attend a meeting in Chicago on Saturday, January 11, of trade unionists who are concerned about the Bush policy of war against Iraq. Both public opinion polls and internal polls by unions of their members show that a broad majority of the American public opposes the U.S. attacking Iraq without the clear sanction and participation of the United Nations. Yet the Bush administration drives toward that unilateral, preemptive war. AFL-CIO President John Sweeney sent a letter to members of Congress raising serious questions about the Bush administration’s policy. Among the important questions President Sweeney raised were:

* The war must not distract from the “vital mission” of destroying the al-Qaeda terrorist network.
* The US must “deal with Hussein’s lawlessness in a manner that reinforces international law. We must treat his defiance of the United Nations in a manner that respects that crucial institution and all it stands for.”
* “We cannot defeat terrorism with military force alone. The world community must rededicate itself to the defense of basic human rights—the freedom to speak, to assemble, and to organize as well as the freedom from starvation, from homelessness, and from curable disease.”
* “Military action and costs associated with rebuilding Iraq…should not be used as a reason for not investing in other critical national needs.”
* “It is, after all, the sons and daughters of America’s working families who will be asked to carry out this mission” and therefore war must be “the last option, not the first.”

These concerns are even more relevant today, as the UN inspectors are so far succeeding in their mandate to search for and disarm the Hussein regime of its weapons of mass destruction and as the Bush administration still pushes for war. Over the last several months scores of local unions, Central Labor bodies, and State Feds have passed resolutions opposing Bush’s “go it alone” policy, many making the links between his drive to war against Iraq as a cover for advancing his conservative agenda against the interests of working families. Labor committees against the war have sprung up in at least 10 cities across the country. This threat of war against Iraq has caused broader and earlier antiwar activity by the labor movement than we have ever seen before. We have the responsibility and the opportunity to join with other mainstream American membership organizations to influence the Bush administration not to act outside the UN. That is the purpose of this meeting.

The tentative agenda is:

*

A report on resolutions and activities already taken by trade unionists.
*

Discussion by participants of activities in their locals, CLCs, and State Feds.
*

A report on the status of the UN inspection process and likely UN Security Council actions.
*

Reports on antiwar coalitions and activities.
*

Focusing the issue: our message, inside and outside the labor movement
*

A discussion of the obstacles to greater union antiwar activity and solutions.
*

Developing a program to expand opposition to the war within the labor movement, and to let the American public know about the growing labor opposition to the war.
*

Working in coalition with the rest of the antiwar movement.

For further information about this meeting, labor opposition to the war, links to antiwar coalitions and activities, and news about the growing peace movement, click here.

We hope you can attend this important meeting.

Time: 9:00–4:00 Date: Saturday, January 11 Place: Teamsters Local 705, 328 S. Marshfield, Chicago

The Teamster local is most convenient to Midway airport. We will be getting housing suggestions to you. For more information, to make suggestions, and to RSVP please contact either:

Gene Bruskin

or

Bob Muehlenkamp

202-833-8526

301-346-3665

Please include your name, union, title/position/office if appropriate, address, phone, e-mail contact.  If your union has already passed a resolution opposing the war, please send it along; please bring copies of any materials to the meeting.

Alan Benchich, Coordinator, Detroit Labor Committee for Peace and Justice, Pres. UAW 909

Jerry Brown, President, 1199NE/SEIU, Hartford

Bill Hennings, VP, CWA Local 1180, NYC

Bruce J. Kipple, General Sec.-Treas., UE

Richard Mead, President, ILWU Local 10

Bob Muehlenkamp

Alan Netland, President, Duluth  CLC, President AFSCME Local 96

Sal Roselli, President, L. 250/SEIU, Oakland

Brenda Stokely, President, AFSCME Council 1707, Co-chair, NYCLAW

Gerry Zero, Sec-Tr., IBT L. 705, Chicago

PS: If you plan to be in Chicago on Friday night, please let us know, because we will probably arrange for all of us to meet someplace for dinner.

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.— Samuel Adams, 1776

New York City Labor Against the War Presents: An Evening with Palestinian Trade Unionists

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New York City Labor Against the War Presents:
An Evening with Palestinian Trade Unionists

The Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions, PGFTU, was founded in 1965 and is the federation of nearly all trade unions in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The PGFTU is a democratic, popular and independent organization, which struggles for the protection of workers rights in Palestine. The PGFTU concentrates on providing legal services and advice to workers who work both in Israel and Palestine, providing workers vocational education, affordable health insurance and protection of women’s rights. The PGFTU has a membership of 470,000, representing 75% of the workforce.

• Hekmat Kamel Rateb Elsarraj is a member of the PGFTU Women’s Affairs Department of the PGFTU in the Occupied Gaza Strip.

• Mohammed Mahmoud Ahmed Saleh is a member of the PGFTU executive committee and the National Secretary to the Legal Affairs Department.

• Abdel Raheem Saleh Abdel Latif Khateeb has worked for eighteen years as the official representative for the Hotel and Service workers in Jerusalem. (Mr. Khateeb is invited, but his visa has not yet been approved.)

WHEN? Friday, Dec. 13, 2002 at 7pm

WHERE? DC 1707 AFSCME
75 Varick Street, 14th floor
1/2/A/C/E to Canal Street

CONTACT?
Siobhán: siobhannigrath@yahoo.com or (212) 781-6072

Co-sponsored by:
199ers for Peace and Justice, The Global Sweatshop Coalition, Taxi Workers Alliance, and Jews Against the Occupation

Suggested Donation $5-$10; no one turned away.

Labor donated

An Evening With Palestinian Trade Unionists

New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW) Presents:

AN EVENING WITH PALESTINIAN TRADE UNIONISTS

Featuring:

**Hekmat Al-Sarraj, a woman trade union activist from Gaza, speaking on the conditions of women workers in Occupied Gaza

**Mohammed Saleh, From Ramallah, a member of the executive board of the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions, speaking on the conditions of Palestinian workers in the West Bank

**NEW VIDEO from Palestine by Big Noise Films

Friday, Dec. 13, 2002 at 7 p.m.
DC 1707 AFSCME
75 Varick Street, 14th floor (1/2/A/C/E to Canal)

The Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions, PGFTU, was founded in 1965 and is the federation of nearly all trade unions in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The PGFTU is a democratic, popular and independent organization, which struggles for the protection of workers rights in Palestine, and has a membership of 470,000, representing 75% of the workforce.

For more info, contact Siobhan, at: siobhannigrath@yahoo.com, 212.781.6072.

Report on the New York Visit by Representatives from the PGFTU

Report on the New York Visit by Representatives from the PGFTU

Last Friday and Saturday, New York City hosted an historic visit from two Palestinian activists: Mohammed Saleh Aruri from the Executive Council of the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions in Ramallah, and Hekmat Al-Serraj, a grassroots activist from Gaza City. Ms. Al-Serraj has worked with the Women’s Affairs department of the PGFTU, as well as other organizations.

New York was one of the last stops in an extremely busy nationwide tour that included visits to Seattle, Olympia, Portland, San Francisco and the Bay Area, Texas, New Orleans, North and South Carolina, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Albany, Amherst, and Washington, DC.

The New York visit was coordinated by members of many groups, with vital organizing done by – among others – New York City Labor Against the War, Al-Awda, the Palestinian Right of Return Coalition, Jews Against the Occupation, and Direct Action for Justice in Palestine.

In their two days in NYC, the PGFTU delegates had meetings with representatives of the Jewish Labor Committee, from Al-Awda, and from Colombian trade unions. They spoke at the Interchurch Center in Morningside Heights, at the uptown anti-war march, at a union-sponsored event at AFSCME DC1707 (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, District Council 1707) and at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. They raised almost $2,000 for projects in the West Bank and Gaza, including democratization, rebuilding, and women’s rights projects.

During their visit they were interviewed by press from WBAI (Building Bridges and Wake Up Call), City Limits, and Labor Notes.

Labor activists and Palestine solidarity activists heard first-hand reports about the current situation in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, and about worker’s rights, women’s issues and work with children. New relationships were built and ideas for future activities were planned. In addition, audiences saw videos by filmmaking collective Big Noise Tactical and by Jackie Salloum, and heard activist Emily Winkelstein’s eyewitness report from October’s Olive Harvest.

Friday night’s Event was hosted Michael Letwin of New York City Labor Against the War, and Saturday night’s event was hosted by Reem from Al-Awda.

Thank you all for working on this. *Please* pass on thanks to all those others who helped.

Solidarity,

Siobhan and Jordan

Labor Antiwar or Related Statements & Groups

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Labor Antiwar or Related Statements & Groups
Compiled by Michael Letwin, NYCLAW Co-Convener (Rev. December 10, 2002)

INTERNATIONAL UNIONS

AFL-CIO*
U.S.
Iraq
10/7/02
John Sweeney, Pres.
http://www.aflcio.org/publ/test2002/tm1007.htm

FAST*
U.S.
Iraq
Gene Bruskin, Secy-Treas.
gbruskin@fastaflcio.org
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1250

ILWU*
U.S.
War
Dockers
9/18/01
Brian McWilliams, Fmr. Pres.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/199

Pride at Work, AFL-CIO
U.S.
Iraq
Lesbian/Gay
10/1/02
Marta Ames, Exec. Dir.
mames@aflcio.org
202-637-5014
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1236

UE
U.S.
Iraq
35k
9/19/02
Robin Alexander, Dir. of Intl Labor Affairs
international@ranknfile-ue.org
412-471-8919
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1233

UNITE!*
U.S.
Iraq
11/02
Bruce Raynor, Pres.
http://www.inthesetimes.org/issue/27/03/feature2.shtml

STATE BODIES

CFT
CA
Iraq
100k
9/21/02
Fred Glass, Comm. Dir.
cftoakland@igc.org
510-832-8812
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1234

CA Labor Federation
CA
Civil Liberties
7/24/02
http://www.calaborfed.org/contacts/Resolutions%20paginated%20for%20Web%20Site.pdf

CA Labor Federation
CA
War
7/24/02
http://www.calaborfed.org/contacts/Resolutions%20paginated%20for%20Web%20Site.pdf

NYSNA
NYS
Iraq
9/29/02
Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, Chair State Del. Assembly
gonzalez.rn@verizon.net
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1296

NYSNA*
NYS
NYCLAW
Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, Chair
State Del. Assembly
gonzalez.rn@verizon.net
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

Pride at Work/NY
NY
NYCLAW
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

SEIU Wisconsin
WI
Iraq
10/16/02
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1252

UBC/NM
NM
Iraq
9/15/02
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1232

Washington State JWJ
WA
War
9/22/01
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/2

Washington State Labor Council
WA
War
450k
8/22/02
Fred Hyde
fhyde@igc.org
206-264-5256
http://www.wslc.org/00resolu.htm#6

CLCs

Albany CLC
Albany
Iraq
10/2/02
Jon Flanders
jon_flanders@compuserve.com
518-439-1968
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1237

Duluth Central Labor Body
MN
Iraq
11/14/02

King Co. CLC
Seattle
Iraq
10/16/02
Steve Williamson, Exec. Secy
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1262

Rochester CLC
Rochester, NY
Iraq
10/10/02
Jon Flanders
jon_flanders@compuserve.com
518-439-1968
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1241

Sacramento CLC
Sacramento
LR/CL
Ruth Holbrook
RUTHGEO@aol.com
916-455-1396
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/404

Sacramento CLC*
Sacramento
NYCLAW
10/7/01
Ruth Holbrook
RUTHGEO@aol.com
916-455-1396
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

San Mateo CLC*
CA
War
9/24/01
James B. Goodno, Ed.
ueedit@aol.com
510-251-6336
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/179

SFLC
SF
Iraq
8/26/02
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1229

SFLC
SF
War
9/24/01
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/173

South Bay CLC
San Jose
Middle East
6/17/02
Louise Auerhahn
louise@mailhome.com
408-265-9253
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1219

Troy CLC
Troy, NY
Iraq
10/16/02
Jon Flanders
jon_flanders@compuserve.com
518-439-1968
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1245

Washington-Orange Labor Council*
VT
NYCLAW
Hal Leyshon, Pres.
hleyshon@teamsters.workfam.com
802-229-0009
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

DISTRICTS/LOCALS

AAUP, Saint Rose Chap.*
Albany
NYCLAW
Carl Swidorski, Pres.
swidorsc@mail.strose.edu
518-458-5325
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AAUP, U. Cinti Chap.*
Cinti
NYCLAW
10/8/01
Herbert Shapiro, Past-Pres.
shapirh@email.uc.edu
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFSCME DC 1707
NYC
War
25,000
10/01
Brenda Stokely, Pres.
local215@aol.com
212- 425-5051 x1031
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFSCME L.107, DC 1707*
NYC
NYCLAW
Victoria Mitchell, Pres.(VP, DC 1707)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFSCME L.171*
Madison
NYCLAW
Mark Thomas, Pres.
608-251-0111
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFSCME L.205, DC 1707*
NYC
NYCLAW
Glenn Huff Jr., Pres.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFSCME L.207*
Detroit
NYCLAW
John Riehl, Pres.
313-965-1601
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFSCME L.215, DC 1707
NYC
NYCLAW
10/01
Brenda Stokely, Pres.
local215@aol.com
212- 425-5051 x1031
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFSCME L.253, DC 1707*
NYC
NYCLAW
Kim V. Medina, Pres. (& Fmr. Pres., DC 1707)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFSCME L.304
Seattle
CL/Cuts
5/23/02
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1216

AFSCME L.375, DC 37*
NYC
NYCLAW
Uma Kutwal, Fmr. Pres.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/
AFSCME L.444
Palestine
8/15/02
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1227

AFSCME L.446/CSEA*
NYC
NYCLAW
10/4/01
Joel Schwartz, Pres.
csea446@igc.org
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFSCME L.1549, DC 37
NYC
Iraq
11/4/02

AFSCME L.1930, DC 37
NYC
Iraq
9/10/02
Ray Markey, Pres.
Raymarkey@aol.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1310

AFSCME L.2620*
Los Angeles
NYCLAW
Sabina Virgo, Pres.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFSCME L.3592*
Boulder, CO
NYCLAW
10/4/01
Chris Goodwin, Pres.
ogchris@qwest.net
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFT L.1474
Berkeley
War
UC Lecturers
3/23/02
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/779

AFT L.1588*
Orange Co., CA
NYCLAW
Roger Dittmann, Pres.
rdittmann@fullerton.edu 714-278-3421
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFT L.1789/Seattle Ctty. Colleges Fed. of Teachers*
Seattle
NYCLAW
Lynne Dodson, Pres.
Ldodso@sccd.ctc.edu 206-587-5478
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFT L.2026
Phili
Iraq
1200
11/19/02
morbraxton@aol.com

AFT L.2121*
SF
NYCLAW
Alan Fisher, Pres.
afisher@aft2121.com
415-585-2121
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFT L.2190/UUP
Rochester, NY
Iraq
SUNY Profs.
10/5/02
wittner@albany.edu
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1239

AFT L.2334/PSC-CUNY
NYC
War Expansion
CUNY Profs.
6/02
Barbara Bowen, Pres.
bbowen@psc.mail.org
212-354-1252
http://www.psc-cuny.org/Summer2002Clarion.pdf

AFT L.2334/PSC-CUNY*
NYC
NYCLAW
CUNY Profs.
9/28/01
Barbara Bowen, Pres.
bbowen@psc.mail.org
212-354-1252
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFT L.4999*
Madison
NYCLAW
Carol Weidel, Pres.
carolaweidel@aol.com
608-267-9090
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFT L.4345/Mendocino Co. Fed. of Sch. Empl./CFT
CA
NYCLAW
James Field, Classified VP
resistwar2001@yahoo.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFT L.6025*
NJ
NYCLAW
Montclair State U
Viji Sargis, Pres.
sargisv@mail.montclair.edu
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFT/West Haven Federation of Teachers
CT
Palestinians
5/30/02
http://defendpappe.freeservers.com/page28.html

Council of Supervisors & Administrators, NYSFSA, AFSA L.1*
NYC
NYCLAW
School Principals
10/2/01
Jill Levy, Pres.
Jillcsa@aol.com
718-852-3000
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

CUE L.3
Oakland
NYCLAW
Michael-David Sasson, Pres.
simcha3@msn.com
510-845-2221
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

CWA L.1180
NYC
Iraq
Muni
10/30/02
Arthur Cheliotes, Pres.
71363.446@compuserve.com
212-226-6565
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1287

CWA L.1180*
NYC
NYCLAW
Muni
9/01
Arthur Cheliotes, Pres.
71363.446@compuserve.com
212-226-6565
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

HERE L.5
HI
Iraq; war
10k

IAM L.1145*
Albany
NYCLAW
Jon Flanders, Pres.
jon_flanders@compuserve.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

IBEW L.2304*
Madison, WI
NYCLAW
David Poklinkoski, Pres.
608-256-8896
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

IBT L.705
Chicago
Iraq
UPS
10/20/02
Gerry Zero, Secy-Treas.
teamsterslocal705@yahoo.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1263

IBT L.912*
Watsonville
NYCLAW
Joe Fahey, Pres.
jfahey@compuserve.com
831-722-8528
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

ILWU L.6
Oakland
Immigrant Workers/Civil Liberties
3/27/02
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/784

ILWU L.10
W.Coast
Iraq
9/10/02
Clarence Thomas or Jack Heyman
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1231

ILWU L.10
SF
Palestinians
4/18/02
Clarence Thomas or Jack Heyman
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/922

NALC Br.46*
Granby, MA
NYCLAW
Jon Weissman, Pres.
nalc46@juno.com
413-737-0640
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

NPMHU L.300*
NYC
NYCLAW
Larry Adams, Fmr. Pres.
alarryq@aol.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

Plumbers & Fitters L.393
San Jose
War
4/10/02
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/923

Plumbers & Fitters L.393
San Jose
Immigrant Workers/Civil Liberties
4/10/02
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/846

SEIU L.250
CA
Iraq
85k
Sal Rosselli, Pres.
srosselli@seiu250.org
510-251-1250
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1280

SEIU L.620*
Central CA
NYCLAW
Greg Mohr, Fmr. Pres.
greg@co.santa-barbara.ca.us
805-568-2080
George Green, Senior Field Rep.
george@seiulocal620.org
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

SEIU L.715
SF
War
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/657

SEIU L.715
CA
Dockers
7/16/02
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1224

SEIU L.1000/CSEA*
SF
NYCLAW
Skip Charbonneau, Pres.
skipcharbonneau@yahoo.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

SEIU L.1199
NYC
Iraq
Healthcare
10/4/02
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1238

SEIU L.1199 Upstate
NYS
Iraq
16k
10/17/02
Larry Alcoff
lalcoff@seiu1199upstate.org
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1281

UAW L.235*
Detroit
NYCLAW
Wendy Thompson, Pres.
WThomp4490@aol.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

UAW L.306*
Detroit
NYCLAW
Erwin Baur, Fmr. Pres.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

UAW L.600
Detroit
Dockers
River Rouge
10/1/02
Ron LareRonLare@aol.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1196

UAW L.909*
Warren, MI
NYCLAW
Alan Benchich, Pres.
ajbenchich@aol.com
586-759-4320
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

UAW L.1981/NWU*
US
NYCLAW
Jonathan Tasini, Pres.
jt@pipeline.com
212- 254-0279
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/
UAW L.1981/NWU/NYC Chapter
NYCLAW
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

UAW L. 2036*
KY
Iraq
10/19/02
Billy Robinson, Fmr. Pres.
wrobi27316@aol.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1253

UAW L.2110*
NYC
NYCLAW
Maida Rosenstein, Pres.
maidarosenstein@2110uaw.org
212-387-0220
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

UAW L.2325/ALAA*
NYC
NYCLAW
Legal Aid Attys
Michael Letwin, Pres.
letwin@alaa.org
917-282-0139
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

UAW L.2325/ALAA
NYC
CL/IR
Legal Aid Attys
Michael Letwin, Pres.
letwin@alaa.org
917-282-0139

UAW L.2865/AGSE
Berkeley
Palestinians
UC grad students
5/15/02

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1215

UTLA
LA
War
Public School Teachers
2/02
Michael Novickpart2001@usa.net
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/629

LABOR ANTIWAR COMMITTEES

1199ers for Peace & Justice (SEIU)
NYC
War
Healthcare
5/02
Marilyn Albert maralbert@earthlink.net
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1213

Albany Labor for Peace
Albany
Iraq
10/02
Jon Flanders
jon_flanders@compuserve.com
581-439-1968

Bay Area LCPJ
SF
War
Michael Eisenschermeisenscher@igc.org

Boston Labor for Justice with Peace
Boston
laborfjp@yahoogroups.com
Cynthia Peters
cyn.peters@verizon.net
617-524-3693

Chicago Labor Petition
Chicago
Iraq

10/02
Petitions
9350 S. South Chicago Ave.
Chicago Il. 60617
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1235

DC 37 (AFSCME) Against the War (NYCLAW)
NYC
War
NYC Muni
11/02
Gary Goff
fmlink@igc.org
718-789-6483

DC LCPJ
DC
War
10/01
Lynne Turner
lynnecturner@yahoo.com
202-462-5310
Emilie Junge
JUNGEE@seiu.org
202-898-3424
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/136

Detroit LCPJ
Detroit
War
8/02
Dianne Feeleyfeeleyd@earthlink.net
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1226

Ground Zero for Peace
NYC
Iraq
10/6/02
Meg Bartlettgroundzeroforpeace@hotmail.com
347-680-1005
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1240

NYC Labor Against the War (NYCLAW)
NYC
War
9/27/01
Michael Letwinletwin@alaa.org
917-282-0139
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

NYC Teachers Against the War (NYCLAW)
NYC
War
UFT
10/02
Megan BehrentEbehrent@aol.com
718-287-3038

Portland Laborfor Peace and Justice
Portland, OR
War
Peter Parkspeterparks@speakeasy.net

Santa Cruz LCPJ
Santa Cruz
War

Organized Labor Against the War
Seattle
War
Steve Hoffman
stevhoff@earthlink.net
206-725-0471
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/981

South Bay LPJ
San Jose
War
Louise Auerhahn
louise@mailhome.com
408-265-9253

Transit Workers Against the War (NYCLAW)
NYC
War
LEGEND
*Principal officer only; no organizational endorsement
CL=Civil Liberties
IR=Immigrant Rights

LR=Labor Rights

Comprehensive U.S. Labor Antiwar or Related Statements & Groups

Comprehensive U.S. Labor Antiwar or Related Statements & Groups
Compiled by Michael Letwin, NYCLAW Co-Convener (Rev. December 10, 2002)

LEGEND
*Principal officer only; no organizational endorsement
CL=Civil Liberties
IR=Immigrant Rights
LR=Labor Rights)

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INTERNATIONAL UNIONS

AFL-CIO*
U.S.
Iraq
10/7/02
John Sweeney, Pres.
http://www.aflcio.org/publ/test2002/tm1007.htm

FAST*
U.S.
Iraq
Gene Bruskin, Secy-Treas.
gbruskin@fastaflcio.org
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1250

ILWU*
U.S.
War
Dockers
9/18/01
Brian McWilliams, Fmr. Pres.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/199

Pride at Work, AFL-CIO
U.S.
Iraq
Lesbian/Gay
10/1/02
Marta Ames, Exec. Dir.
mames@aflcio.org
202-637-5014
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1236

UE
U.S.
Iraq
35k
9/19/02
Robin Alexander, Dir. of Intl Labor Affairs
international@ranknfile-ue.org
412-471-8919
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1233

UNITE!*
U.S.
Iraq
11/02
Bruce Raynor, Pres.
http://www.inthesetimes.org/issue/27/03/feature2.shtml

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STATE BODIES

CFT
CA
Iraq
100k
9/21/02
Fred Glass, Comm. Dir.
cftoakland@igc.org
510-832-8812
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1234

CA Labor Federation
CA
Civil Liberties
7/24/02
http://www.calaborfed.org/contacts/Resolutions%20paginated%20for%20Web%20Sit
e.pd\f

CA Labor Federation
CA
War
7/24/02
http://www.calaborfed.org/contacts/Resolutions%20paginated%20for%20Web%20Sit
e.pd\f

NYSNA
NYS
Iraq
9/29/02
Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, Chair State Del. Assembly
gonzalez.rn@verizon.net
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1296

NYSNA*
NYS
NYCLAW
Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, Chair
State Del. Assembly
gonzalez.rn@verizon.net
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

Pride at Work/NY
NY
NYCLAW
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

SEIU Wisconsin
WI
Iraq
10/16/02
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1252

UBC/NM
NM
Iraq
9/15/02
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1232

Washington State JWJ
WA
War
9/22/01
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/2

Washington State Labor Council
WA
War
450k
8/22/02
Fred Hyde
fhyde@igc.org
206-264-5256
http://www.wslc.org/00resolu.htm#6

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CLCs

Albany CLC
Albany
Iraq
10/2/02
Jon Flanders
jon_flanders@compuserve.com
518-439-1968
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1237

Duluth Central Labor Body
MN
Iraq
11/14/02

King Co. CLC
Seattle
Iraq
10/16/02
Steve Williamson, Exec. Secy
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1262

Rochester CLC
Rochester, NY
Iraq
10/10/02
Jon Flanders
jon_flanders@compuserve.com
518-439-1968
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1241

Sacramento CLC
Sacramento
LR/CL
Ruth Holbrook
RUTHGEO@aol.com
916-455-1396
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/404

Sacramento CLC*
Sacramento
NYCLAW
10/7/01
Ruth Holbrook
RUTHGEO@aol.com
916-455-1396
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

San Mateo CLC*
CA
War
9/24/01
James B. Goodno, Ed.
ueedit@aol.com
510-251-6336
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/179

SFLC
SF
Iraq
8/26/02
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1229

SFLC
SF
War
9/24/01
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/173

South Bay CLC
San Jose
Middle East
6/17/02
Louise Auerhahn
louise@mailhome.com
408-265-9253
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1219

Troy CLC
Troy, NY
Iraq
10/16/02
Jon Flanders
jon_flanders@compuserve.com
518-439-1968
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1245

Washington-Orange Labor Council*
VT
NYCLAW
Hal Leyshon, Pres.
hleyshon@teamsters.workfam.com
802-229-0009
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

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DISTRICTS/LOCALS

AAUP, Saint Rose Chap.*
Albany
NYCLAW
Carl Swidorski, Pres.
swidorsc@mail.strose.edu
518-458-5325
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AAUP, U. Cinti Chap.*
Cinti
NYCLAW
10/8/01
Herbert Shapiro, Past-Pres.
shapirh@email.uc.edu
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFSCME DC 1707
NYC
War
25,000
10/01
Brenda Stokely, Pres.
local215@aol.com
212- 425-5051 x1031
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFSCME L.107, DC 1707*
NYC
NYCLAW
Victoria Mitchell, Pres.(VP, DC 1707)
Http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFSCME L.171*
Madison
NYCLAW
Mark Thomas, Pres.
608-251-0111
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFSCME L.205, DC 1707*
NYC
NYCLAW
Glenn Huff Jr., Pres.
Http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFSCME L.207*
Detroit
NYCLAW
John Riehl, Pres.
313-965-1601
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFSCME L.215, DC 1707
NYC
NYCLAW
10/01
Brenda Stokely, Pres.
local215@aol.com
212- 425-5051 x1031
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFSCME L.253, DC 1707*
NYC
NYCLAW
Kim V. Medina, Pres. (& Fmr. Pres., DC 1707)
Http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFSCME L.304
Seattle
CL/Cuts
5/23/02
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1216

AFSCME L.375, DC 37*
NYC
NYCLAW
Uma Kutwal, Fmr. Pres.
Http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFSCME L.444
Palestine
8/15/02
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1227

AFSCME L.446/CSEA*
NYC
NYCLAW
10/4/01
Joel Schwartz, Pres.
csea446@igc.org
Http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFSCME L.1549, DC 37
NYC
Iraq
11/4/02

AFSCME L.1930, DC 37
NYC
Iraq
9/10/02
Ray Markey, Pres.
Raymarkey@aol.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1310

AFSCME L.2620*
Los Angeles
NYCLAW
Sabina Virgo, Pres.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFSCME L.3592*
Boulder, CO
NYCLAW
10/4/01
Chris Goodwin, Pres.
ogchris@qwest.net
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFT L.1474
Berkeley
War
UC Lecturers
3/23/02
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/779

AFT L.1588*
Orange Co., CA
NYCLAW
Roger Dittmann, Pres.
rdittmann@fullerton.edu 714-278-3421
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFT L.1789/Seattle Ctty. Colleges Fed. of Teachers*
Seattle
NYCLAW
Lynne Dodson, Pres.
Ldodso@sccd.ctc.edu 206-587-5478
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFT L.2026
Phili
Iraq
1200
11/19/02
morbraxton@aol.com

AFT L.2121*
SF
NYCLAW
Alan Fisher, Pres.
afisher@aft2121.com
415-585-2121
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFT L.2190/UUP
Rochester, NY
Iraq
SUNY Profs.
10/5/02
wittner@albany.edu
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1239

AFT L.2334/PSC-CUNY
NYC
War Expansion
CUNY Profs.
6/02
Barbara Bowen, Pres.
bbowen@psc.mail.org
212-354-1252
http://www.psc-cuny.org/Summer2002Clarion.pdf

AFT L.2334/PSC-CUNY*
NYC
NYCLAW
CUNY Profs.
9/28/01
Barbara Bowen, Pres.
bbowen@psc.mail.org
212-354-1252
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFT L.4999*
Madison
NYCLAW
Carol Weidel, Pres.
carolaweidel@aol.com
608-267-9090
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFT L.4345/Mendocino Co. Fed. of Sch. Empl./CFT
CA
NYCLAW
James Field, Classified VP
resistwar2001@yahoo.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFT L.6025*
NJ
NYCLAW
Montclair State U
Viji Sargis, Pres.
sargisv@mail.montclair.edu
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

AFT/West Haven Federation of Teachers
CT
Palestinians
5/30/02
http://defendpappe.freeservers.com/page28.html

Council of Supervisors & Administrators, NYSFSA, AFSA L.1*
NYC
NYCLAW
School Principals
10/2/01
Jill Levy, Pres.
Jillcsa@aol.com
718-852-3000
Http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

CUE L.3
Oakland
NYCLAW
Michael-David Sasson, Pres.
simcha3@msn.com
510-845-2221
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

CWA L.1180
NYC
Iraq
Muni
10/30/02
Arthur Cheliotes, Pres.
71363.446@compuserve.com
212-226-6565
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1287

CWA L.1180*
NYC
NYCLAW
Muni
9/01
Arthur Cheliotes, Pres.
71363.446@compuserve.com
212-226-6565
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

HERE L.5
HI
Iraq; war
10k

IAM L.1145*
Albany
NYCLAW
Jon Flanders, Pres.
jon_flanders@compuserve.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

IBEW L.2304*
Madison, WI
NYCLAW
David Poklinkoski, Pres.
608-256-8896
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

IBT L.705
Chicago
Iraq
UPS
10/20/02
Gerry Zero, Secy-Treas.
teamsterslocal705@yahoo.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1263

IBT L.912*
Watsonville
NYCLAW
Joe Fahey, Pres.
jfahey@compuserve.com
831-722-8528
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

ILWU L.6
Oakland
Immigrant Workers/Civil Liberties
3/27/02
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/784

ILWU L.10
W.Coast
Iraq
9/10/02
Clarence Thomas or Jack Heyman
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1231

ILWU L.10
SF
Palestinians
4/18/02
Clarence Thomas or Jack Heyman
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/922

NALC Br.46*
Granby, MA
NYCLAW
Jon Weissman, Pres.
nalc46@juno.com
413-737-0640
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

NPMHU L.300*
NYC
NYCLAW
Larry Adams, Fmr. Pres.
alarryq@aol.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

Plumbers & Fitters L.393
San Jose
War
4/10/02
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/923

Plumbers & Fitters L.393
San Jose
Immigrant Workers/Civil Liberties
4/10/02
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/846

SEIU L.250
CA
Iraq
85k
Sal Rosselli, Pres.
srosselli@seiu250.org
510-251-1250
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1280

SEIU L.620*
Central CA
NYCLAW
Greg Mohr, Fmr. Pres.
greg@co.santa-barbara.ca.us
805-568-2080
George Green, Senior Field Rep.
george@seiulocal620.org
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

SEIU L.715
SF
War
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/657

SEIU L.715
CA
Dockers
7/16/02
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1224

SEIU L.1000/CSEA*
SF
NYCLAW
Skip Charbonneau, Pres.
skipcharbonneau@yahoo.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

SEIU L.1199
NYC
Iraq
Healthcare
10/4/02
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1238

SEIU L.1199 Upstate
NYS
Iraq
16k
10/17/02
Larry Alcoff
lalcoff@seiu1199upstate.org
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1281

UAW L.235*
Detroit
NYCLAW
Wendy Thompson, Pres.
WThomp4490@aol.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

UAW L.306*
Detroit
NYCLAW
Erwin Baur, Fmr. Pres.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

UAW L.600
Detroit
Dockers
River Rouge
10/1/02
Ron LareRonLare@aol.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1196

UAW L.909*
Warren, MI
NYCLAW
Alan Benchich, Pres.
ajbenchich@aol.com
586-759-4320
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

UAW L.1981/NWU*
US
NYCLAW
Jonathan Tasini, Pres.
jt@pipeline.com
212- 254-0279
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

UAW L.1981/NWU/NYC Chapter
NYCLAW
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

UAW L. 2036*
KY
Iraq
10/19/02
Billy Robinson, Fmr. Pres.
wrobi27316@aol.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1253

UAW L.2110*
NYC
NYCLAW
Maida Rosenstein, Pres.
maidarosenstein@2110uaw.org
212-387-0220
Http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

UAW L.2325/ALAA*
NYC
NYCLAW
Legal Aid Attys
Michael Letwin, Pres.
letwin@alaa.org
917-282-0139
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

UAW L.2325/ALAA
NYC
CL/IR
Legal Aid Attys
Michael Letwin, Pres.
letwin@alaa.org
917-282-0139

UAW L.2865/AGSE
Berkeley
Palestinians
UC grad students
5/15/02

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1215

UTLA
LA
War
Public School Teachers
2/02
Michael Novickpart2001@usa.net
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/629

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LABOR ANTIWAR COMMITTEES

1199ers for Peace & Justice (SEIU)
NYC
War
Healthcare
5/02
Marilyn Albert maralbert@earthlink.net
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1213

Albany Labor for Peace
Albany
Iraq
10/02
Jon Flanders
jon_flanders@compuserve.com
581-439-1968

Bay Area LCPJ
SF
War
Michael Eisenschermeisenscher@igc.org

Boston Labor for Justice with Peace
Boston
laborfjp@yahoogroups.com
Cynthia Peters
cyn.peters@verizon.net
617-524-3693

Chicago Labor Petition
Chicago
Iraq

10/02
Petitions
9350 S. South Chicago Ave.
Chicago Il. 60617
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1235

DC 37 (AFSCME) Against the War (NYCLAW)
NYC
War
NYC Muni
11/02
Gary Goff
fmlink@igc.org
718-789-6483

DC LCPJ
DC
War
10/01
Lynne Turner
lynnecturner@yahoo.com
202-462-5310
Emilie Junge
JUNGEE@seiu.org
202-898-3424
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/136

Detroit LCPJ
Detroit
War
8/02
Dianne Feeleyfeeleyd@earthlink.net
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1226

Ground Zero for Peace
NYC
Iraq
10/6/02
Meg Bartlettgroundzeroforpeace@hotmail.com
347-680-1005
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1240

NYC Labor Against the War (NYCLAW)
NYC
War
9/27/01
Michael Letwinletwin@alaa.org
917-282-0139
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/files/

NYC Teachers Against the War (NYCLAW)
NYC
War
UFT
10/02
Megan BehrentEbehrent@aol.com
718-287-3038

Portland Laborfor Peace and Justice
Portland, OR
War
Peter Parks
peterparks@speakeasy.net

Santa Cruz LCPJ
Santa Cruz
War

Organized Labor Against the War
Seattle
War
Steve Hoffman
stevhoff@earthlink.net
206-725-0471
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/981

South Bay LPJ
San Jose
War
Louise Auerhahn
louise@mailhome.com
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Antiwar Labor Pains (Nation)

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20021209/cooper Antiwar Labor Pains

Antiwar Labor Pains

by MARC COOPER

[from the December 9, 2002 issue]

This article inaugurates a new series, “Waging Peace,” covering the movement that is emerging across America–in union halls, in churches, on campuses, on the streets, even in some corporate and government quarters–to oppose war on Iraq. –The Editors

In a letter to both houses of Congress in early October, AFL-CIO president John Sweeney broke what had been Big Labor’s public silence on a possible war with Iraq when he wrote, “We must assure them that war is the last option, not the first.” Sweeney also questioned the timing of the Bush Administration’s push for war, saying it “has as much to do with the political calendar as with the situation in Iraq.”

The letter was hardly a call to stiff antiwar resistance. But with an American labor movement long accustomed to interpreting the subtle political nuances of its cautious leadership, Sweeney’s message was nonetheless unmistakable. The federation was openly shifting away from its markedly prowar stance after September 11 and offering at least some cover for militant action by antiwar elements in its ranks. “It wasn’t the strongest statement in the world,” says Michael Letwin, co-convener of the grassroots New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW). “But it makes people in the labor movement feel they now have some room to oppose the war.”

That same week, Gene Bruskin, the secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO’s food and allied service trades department, sent a letter of his own to Sweeney urging organized labor to take the lead in opposing the Administration’s war plans. Bruskin said labor has been “naive at best” in trying to oppose Bush’s domestic policy without more forcefully opposing its foreign policy. War with Iraq, he argued, would only provide the Administration with increased leverage in pressing a conservative agenda that conflicts with the interests of working Americans. “To support the War,” Bruskin said, “is to invite all the inevitable political and economic effects.”

Bruskin’s call for the national labor leadership to speak out more consistently and loudly on the issue has not yet been heeded. “All of our energy really went into the midterm elections,” says one AFL official. “Maybe now with the Republicans controlling everything, we can better find our voice on the issue of war and peace.”

In the meantime, a small but determined network of antiwar labor activists is coming together and making its voice and influence felt through organized lobbying inside the Central Labor Councils and state labor federations. Letwin’s NYCLAW is among the largest of the groupings, with endorsements from about 1,400 union members and sixteen current and former union presidents. “We’re trying to be both an antiwar pole in the labor movement and a labor pole within the peace movement,” says Letwin.

But an objective evaluation would conclude that so far only the former is being achieved. Peace is still very much a minority position within the greater world of labor, and so labor is still a minor part of the peace movement. The bulk of NYCLAW’s support comes from white-collar, mostly intellectual workers like Letwin’s own local of legal-aid attorneys. The school principals’ union, the National Writers Union, museum workers and university staff and professors are also among the major players in the New York antiwar network.

Yet, the small peace circle within labor continues to expand as the threat of war with Iraq persists. New York’s powerful healthcare union, 1199SEIU, recently bought a full-page ad in the New York Times unequivocally condemning war with Iraq. Chicago-based Teamsters Local 705, the second largest in the country, also adopted an antiwar resolution. The 100,000-member California Teachers Union did the same. And on October 1 the executive committee of AFL-CIO’s Pride at Work, representing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members, followed suit. In Northern California the SEIU’s large and politically influential Local 250 has also condemned a unilateral attack on Iraq and urged cooperation with the UN. And there’s open talk that the SEIU might become the first national union to take an antiwar stance.

Meanwhile, rank-and-file groups similar to NYCLAW have sprung up in Albany, Washington, Detroit, Portland and Seattle. And while the uniformly progressive San Francisco Labor Council went firmly on the record against Bush’s overall war on terrorism in August, its activists also fuel the very involved San Francisco Labor Committee for Peace and Justice.

But the growth of antiwar activity is uneven and is leaving some gaping holes. In Los Angeles, where the county federation has earned a progressive reputation on local and domestic issues, there have been no antiwar initiatives coming from the leadership. “You can sense a real antiwar sentiment in the union halls,” says a local SEIU organizer. “But apart from individuals trying to hook up with each other, there’s been no real attempt at significant organized action.”

Similar stories come from other urban labor councils. When George W. Bush came to Cincinnati in October to deliver a televised policy statement on Iraq, about 3,500 protesters rallied outside. But only about 150 of the demonstrators came from the ranks of organized labor. “A lot of our community coalition partners were at that demonstration,” says Dan Radford, a member of SEIU Local 7 (Firefighters and Oilers) and executive secretary-treasurer of the Cincinnati Central Labor Council. “But it hasn’t really come up as an issue at the council. It’s sort of funny because even some of the more conservative unions have not shown much enthusiasm for Bush on this war with Iraq. But at the council level it’s just not been discussed very much at all.” Indeed, Radford says, the most dynamic local antiwar figure comes not from labor but from show business. Television ringmaster Jerry Springer, a former liberal mayor of Cincinnati, gave the most fiery antiwar speech at a recent Democratic get-out-the-vote rally.

In Seattle, the King County Labor Council, which played a high-profile role in the 1999 protests against the World Trade Organization, took the opposite tack and has actively endorsed antiwar activity. The council’s executive secretary-treasurer Steve Williamson was a lead speaker at the October 26 Seattle peace rally, which brought out as many as 5,000 people.

“The national [AFL-CIO] didn’t really want to deal with this issue, after pretty much supporting whole hog the war in Afghanistan,” says Steve Hoffman, a member of the municipal employees’ union who also holds a seat on the King County Labor Council and is a leader of Seattle’s Organized Labor Against the War. “But now they see the way the war has been used to cut jobs, to call in the government on the ports strike, just the amount of money being spent on this. The AFL is finally coming under pressure from below, with more and more peace resolutions being passed at the level of county labor councils and those being proposed inside the international unions.”

Hoffman helped to ratchet up that pressure by shepherding a successful antiwar resolution through to adoption in August by the 500 delegates and guests of the Washington State Labor Council, the first such statewide statement.

The limited appeal of antiwar activity within unions is not only the responsibility of labor’s cautious leadership, but also of the peace movement in general and of some peace activists within labor, who have made a few strategic missteps. Many of the labor activists in the forefront of the Iraq peace movement are the same people who unsuccessfully tried to jump-start a similar movement in the immediate wake of the 9/11 attacks. Seriously misreading the sentiment of mainstream labor, which believed that at least some sort of limited US military response was in order, these mostly white-collar and ideologically left activists tried to drum up a movement to oppose intervention in Afghanistan. On September 27, 2001–just two weeks after the attacks and while the national and New York AFL-CIO were still actively mourning the death of hundreds of members in them–activists from NYCLAW, for example, had already issued their first public statement opposing any sort of US military action.

“This was really way off base,” says a politically progressive AFL official close to John Sweeney. “No matter what one’s personal political opinion, you really had to be out in left field to not understand the angry patriotism that was rippling through labor. We had just lost something like 500 guys, and no one was in the mood to go light candles at a peace vigil.”

NYCLAW’s Letwin concedes that the rushed September 27 peace statement by his group was looked on as “tainted” because of its timing. But, he argues, “I think that along with a lot of union leadership, a lot of the grassroots saw that as a good statement. They were saying to themselves, ‘I’m not going to sign it, but I’m glad someone is out there saying these things.'”

Maybe, but in any case, many at the top of the federation agree that the Iraq situation is very different from Afghanistan, and they recognize that there is now a lot more visible and vocal discomfort with and opposition to the White House’s overseas plans. “Also, the elections are now over,” says the federation official. “And if the Democrats take a harder line against the war than they have so far, labor will be more willing to do the same. But that leaves open the question of just what peace movement we are comfortable being part of.”

That’s a reference to discomfort with those currently orchestrating some of the highest-profile antiwar protests. While demonstrations in Washington and San Francisco brought out scores of thousands with an eclectic range of politics, the protests were organized and the podium dominated by a small, sectarian Stalinist group, the Workers World Party. Consequently, while much of the demonstration rhetoric was against the war, it was also tinged with an anti-Americanism and loaded down with ancillary issues ranging from support for convicted murderers Mumia Abu-Jamal and H. Rap Brown to sometimes paranoid condemnations of Zionism that in no way resonate with the bulk of organized labor. No doubt the rally crowds were peppered with hundreds, if not thousands, of union members and activists, but there was no institutional representation of Big Labor, as there has been at numerous antiglobalization events of the past few years.

“John Sweeney is no George Meany,” says the AFL official, referring to former federation president Meany’s aggressive support for the Vietnam War. And he notes that significant participation by labor in the peace movement would, indeed, aid in broadening and mainstreaming the antiwar message, pushing some of the sectarians to the side. But, he added, that moment is not yet upon us. “It’s not at all unthinkable that in the weeks to come we will see Sweeney speaking out more against the war. But you can be sure he isn’t going to be speaking from the same stage as the Workers World Party.”