Peace Newsletter #717, February 2003
Peace and Labor–Can We Work Together?
Most worker opposition to the “first” Gulf War was still without institutional support. Eleven years later, labor strongly supported the war on terrorism after September 11. When NYCLAW, New York City Labor Against the War, formed in the wake of September 11, it aroused a great deal of bitter criticism. Michael Letwin, who led this NY anti-war effort*, lost his re-election bid as president of his Auto Workers local. But union distrust of G.W. Bush has grown since then, with the administration’s attacks on organizing and civil liberties in the name of national security, and its unequivocal pro-business agenda.
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[*Letwin is one of four NYCLAW co-conveners. The others are: Larry Adams, Former President, MHU L.300; Ray Laforest, Staff Representative, AFSCME DC 1707; and Brenda Stokely, President, AFSCME DC 1707]