From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2003 10:54 AM
To: ALAA MEMBERS
Cc: 1199 Members
Subject: UAW Antiwar Position
On January 16, ALAA’s parent union, the 30,000-member UAW Region 9A NY Metro Area CAP Council, overwhelmingly adopted the resolution below endorsing U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW). I will report further on our parent union’s decision at Tuesday night’s ALAA Delegate Council meeting.
USLAW was founded at a January 11 meeting in Chicago attended by more than 100 delegates from unions and labor antiwar committees, including SEIU Local 1199, the National Writers Union/UAW Local 1981, the Professional Staff Congress-CUNY and New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW).
To date, antiwar resolutions have been adopted by union bodies representing more than four million members, a number that grows daily.
The UAW region also specifically endorsed the massive DC antiwar demonstration on January 18 and the mass antiwar rally scheduled for February 15 in New York City.
To help organize further labor support for the USLAW resolution and for February 15, please contact me by return e-mail or at 917.282.0139.
ESTABLISHMENT OF U.S. LABOR AGAINST WAR
WHEREAS, over 100 trade unionists from 76 local and regional unions, central labor councils and other labor organizations including UAW Local Unions from Region 9A representing over 2 million members gathered in Chicago for an unprecedented meeting to discuss concerns about the Bush administration’s threat of war; and
WHEREAS, union members and leaders have a responsibility to inform all working people about issues that affect their lives, jobs and families, and to heard in the national debate on these issues: and
WHEREAS, the principle 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 harms way, and innocent Iraqi citizens 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 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 of September 11, and neither the Bush administration nor the UN inspectors have demonstrated that Iraq poses a real threat to Americans: and
WHEREAS, U.S. military action against Iraq threatens peaceful resolution of disputes among states, jeopardizing the safety and security of the entire world, including Americans; and
WHEREAS, the labor organizations meeting in Chicago established “U.S. Labor Against the War” (USLAW) on January 11, 2003, to give voice and organization to their concerns; therefore
BE IT RESOLVED, that UAW Region 9A CAP Council endorses and joins with USLAW in opposing war with Iraq.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that UAW Region 9A CAP Council stands firmly against Bush’s war drive, and
BE IT FURTHER REOLVED, that UAW Region 9A CAP Council will publicize and promote labor and community antiwar activities.
Adopted January 16, 2003 in New York City.