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News ::
04 Oct 2003
Modified: 09:37:38 PM

By Sharon Black
Via Workers World News Service
Reprinted from the Oct. 9, 2003
issue of Workers World newspaper

Mounting casualties in Iraq and the call-up of an additional 15,000
reserve troops have increased popular resistance here in the U.S. to the war. Combined with Bush's recent demand for $87 billion for this
military operation, these events have aroused growing support for Oct. 25 national demonstrations to "End the occupation" and "Bring the troops home now."

Rank and file trade unionists have begun pressing their locals to pass resolutions in support of these actions, and are making plans to bring their fellow workers to the protests in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.

Thousands of people came out Sept. 25-28 to protest the Iraq occupation and in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle. On Oct. 4 hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers, with strong backing from organized labor, will be mobilizing in Queens, N.Y., to raise demands for immigrant rights.

Despite the national AFL-CIO's position of silence on the issue of war and occupation, rank-and-file union officials and members are
nevertheless speaking out. Labor is becoming an important component of the anti-war movement.

The union members' sons, daughters and loved ones are dying in this war. Programs that affect union members and provide jobs are being slashed because of the ever-growing budget spent on war. This has fueled opposition.

Boston's school bus drivers' union, Steel Workers Local 8751, is gearing up for the Oct. 25 national march. The union and other area labor groups have formed ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Labor. Local 8751 has also passed a resolution against the occupation, and is organizing buses to bring workers to the march.

Michigan's Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice has distributed a special four-page labor newsletter against the war and is organizing buses from that region. Dave Sole, president of UAW Local 2334, has endorsed and is helping to spearhead this movement.

In San Francisco, the AFL-CIO Labor Council has passed a hard-hitting
resolution supporting the Oct. 25 protest. This reso lution has become a model for union locals across the country.

In New York City the 200,000-member 1199/Service Employees, which
represents health and human services workers, has voted to support the Oct. 25 demonstration. The union is providing free bus transportation to members. New York City Labor Against the War, which has been in the forefront of all the national protests against the war, is also mobilizing.

The University of Massachusetts/Amherst Graduate Employee Organization, UAW Local 2322, passed a resolution supporting the anti-war protest. Chicago's Teamsters Local 705, which represents United Parcel Service workers, went on record opposing the war and called for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq.

Labor from Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Cleveland and Atlanta is
also organizing for the march.

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Yeah, Labor SAYS Alot of Things... (english)
04 Oct 2003
When is this talk actually going to be replaced with action?
staff union (english)
04 Oct 2003
Hey, is the Workers World staff unionized?

I didn't think so.