US Labor Against the War
The Founding Resolution by USLAW
Organized labor throughout the United States took a historic step on January 11, 2003 by creating the United States Labor Against War (USLAW) with a resolution adopted by the founding convention below. This action brought together existing Labor Against War (LAW) and was quickly followed by the formation of new regional Labor Against War chapters. The San Francisco Bay area had sent delegates to Chicago, and following reports on the founding convention, it elected leaders for the USLAW National Continuations Committee. All USLAW chapters are asking individual unions to send contingents to the actions of February 15 and 16 and to adopt the Founding Resolution so that labor will speak with one voice.
We Establish US Labor Against the War
Whereas, over 100 trade unionists from 76 local, regional and national unions, central labor councils and other labor organizations (see details below) representing over 2 million members gathered in Chicago for an unprecedented meeting to discuss our concerns about the Bush administrations threat of war; and
Whereas, union members and leaders have the responsibility to inform all working people about issues that affect their lives, jobs and families, and to be heard in the national debate on these issues; and
Whereas, the principal 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 civilians 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 our 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, Bushs 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 on Sept. 11, and neither the Bush administration nor the UN inspections have demonstrated that Iraq poses a real threat to Americans; and
Whereas, U.S. military action against Iraq threatens the peaceful resolution of disputes among states, jeopardizing the safety and security of the entire world, including Americans; and
Whereas, labor has had an historic role in fighting for justice; therefore
We hereby establish the U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW); and
Resolve that U.S. Labor Against the War stands firmly against Bushs war drive; and
Further resolve that U.S. Labor Against the War will publicize this statement, and promote union, labor and community antiwar activity.
Adopted January 11, 2003 in Chicago, IL.