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July 21, 2014

2014.07.21: RE: Unions Traditional Involvement In Social Issues

Filed under: Antiwar,Free Speech,International Human Rights,Palestine — nyclaw01 @ 11:08 am

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Monday, July 21, 2014 11:08 AM
To: Fry, Julie; [R]; [A]
Cc: Rosenberg, Mimi; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: RE: Unions Traditional Involvement In Social Issues

Just for example:

July 12, 2014: Palestinian Trade Unions (July 12, 2014)
We Palestinians trapped inside the bloodied and besieged Gaza Strip call on conscientious people all over the world to act, protest and intensify the boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel until it ends this murderous attack on our people and is held to account.

July 11, 2014: UNITE (Largest union in UK/Ireland)
“Unite unreservedly condemns the continuing Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people and calls for the military strikes and the military build up to be halted immediately. 

July 10, 2014: Congress of South African Trade Unions
Now is the time for the world to stop words of pity and lamentation, but take action by doing what it did to apartheid South Africa when its policies were declared a crime against humanity. Indeed, apartheid remains a crime against humanity wherever it happens. If apartheid cant outrage us, our humanity is called into question and our morality is hollow.

June 7, 2011: Sign on: U.S. Labor Officials: Stop Scabbing for Apartheid — Withdraw From Israel Bonds “Celebration”
BDS has been endorsed by labor bodies around the world, including the trade union congresses of South Africa, Brazil, Ireland, Scotland and the UK, and labor bodies in Australia, France, Canada, Norway, Catalunya, Italy, Spain and Turkey.

July 9, 2010: Blockade: Dockers respond to Israel’s Flotilla Massacre and Gaza Siege
On the 5th Anniversary of the United Palestinian Call for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions, Israel faces the prospect of targetted industrial action to implement boycotts. How did it happen, what does it mean, and how can the solidarity movement respond to the new opening?

January 13, 2009: Legal Aid NYC Union Members: Stop Israel’s Massacre in Gaza and End the Siege Now
The undersigned members of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW Local 2325 and 1199SEIU join millions around the world – many of whom are Jewish – to condemn, in the strongest possible terms, Israel’s ongoing massacre of hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza.

September 27, 2001: New York City Labor Against the War
NYCLAW’s initial statement of September 27, 2001 was ultimately signed by 1,254 trade unionists, including fifty-eight union presidents (three from the UAW); fifty-eight ALAA members; and twenty-three Legal Aid 1199 members. 9.11 5th Anniversary: NYC Labor Against the War (9.27.01)


January 1991: Legal Aid Workers Against the War
On January 18, 1991, Zuss was amongst a majority of ALAA’s Delegate Council that voted to oppose the imminent Gulf War. When the resolution was subsequently tabled, Zuss and otherALAA/1199 members formed Legal Aid Workers Against the War, an ALAA caucus which attended protests in NYC and DC.


May 2, 1971: Cesar Chavez: (May 2, 1971)
On May 2, 1971, about 200 uniformed police surrounded the perimeter of Exposition Park while 30-odd plainclothes officers circulated through the crowd as farm labor leader César Chávez delivered a brief but impassioned speech decrying the Vietnam War at a rally sponsored by the People’s Coalition for Peace and Justice.|


1968: UAW President Walter Reuther
He was second in power to George Meany at the AFL-CIO; however, their repeated clashes, partly stemming from Reuther’s strong support for civil rights and opposition to the Vietnam War, resulted in Reuther’s leading the UAW out of the AFL-CIO in 1968 and forming a short-lived federation with the Teamsters Union.


February 4, 1968: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Drum Major Instinct
“God didn’t call America to engage in a senseless, unjust war as the war in Vietnam. And we are criminals in that war. We’ve committed more war crimes almost than any nation in the world, and I’m going to continue to say it.”


April 4, 1967: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Beyond Vietnam
“I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today, my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.”


June 16, 1918: Eugene Debs
Debs was noted for his oratory, and his speech denouncing American participation in World War Iled to his second arrest in 1918. He was convicted under the Espionage Act of 1917 and sentenced to a term of 10 years.


From: Fry, Julie
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2014 12:28 PM
To: [R]; [A]
Cc: Rosenberg, Mimi; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: RE: Unions Traditional Involvement In Social Issues

What about the anti-apartheid movement?  And all the unions that passed resolutions against the Iraq war (like basically all the unions in the city except us?)  1199 sent dozens of buses to anti-war demonstrations.


From: [R]
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2014 12:05 PM
To: [A]
Cc: Rosenberg, Mimi; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Re: Unions Traditional Involvement In Social Issues

But not re international disputes. You miss the point.

Sent from my iPhone
On Jul 18, 2014, at 11:42 AM, “[A] wrote:

Eugene Debs and Cesar Chavez are additional  examples of union leaders who did not shrink from political activism. .



From:    Rosenberg, Mimi
Sent:   Thursday, July 17, 2014 7:52 PM
To:     ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject:        Unions Traditional Involvement In Social Issues


Dear Colleagues,


Just a reminder that unions have historically, from the left and the right taken positions on social issues.  The labor press frequently issues aggressive broadsides or political concerns and bodies have formed within unions explicitly created around social issues.  There are labor groups with our unions with standing with the AFL-CIO such as the Jewish Labor Committee, there is AFILD, which worked with the CIA around the world, whose financial support for was drawn from unions.  There are union groupings such as CLUE and CBTU, the A Philip Randolph Institute, all of which formed around extremely controversial Issues was drawn from our unions and represented them.  ALAA is a vociferous supporter of the Working Families Party, with its support of Cuomo.

Indeed our own UAW’s website promotes Freedom Summer and links it to their organizing protests at the Nissan Plant ideologically and methodologically and District 1199 supported Martin Luther King Jr. in his opposition to the war in Viet Nam.  Goodness, controversial speech and positions from union members is as American as apple pie.  Unions historically relate to and work around and expound on issues that may not appear to be directly connected to the day to day activities in the work place.  The West Coast Longstore union supported the Occupy Movement   But, one thing is for sure union leadership neither acquires to management taking disciplinary action against its membership, such as dictating the issues for discussion and expression by them on a union list serve.

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