Resolution For A Class-Struggle Workers Party
No support to the Democrats, Republicans, or any party of the bosses
Whereas the bosses have two parties to represent their class while the millions of working people have none, and
Whereas the Democratic president Barack Obama sent the U.S. Coast Guard to enforce scabbing against the International Longshore and Warehouse Union during the 2013-14 lock-out of northwest dock workers, and
Whereas the Democratic governor Kate Brown opposed and undercut the movement for a $15 minimum wage across Oregon, and
Whereas in 2014 Democrats in Congress joined with Republicans to pass a disastrous pension “reform,” allowing the bosses to escape their obligations and cheat our retirees, and
Whereas the two presidencies of the Democrat Barack Obama have been eight years of unending war in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia, causing untold human suffering, millions of refugees, and attacks on our democratic rights at home, and
Whereas the Democratic Party in power has deported some five million immigrants, a record, and
Whereas across the country, from Oakland to Baltimore, police under Democratic mayors regularly murder Black men and women with impunity, and
Whereas the 2016 presidential election offers us the “choice” between a raving, bigoted clown and a career representative of Wall Street, and
Whereas the Democratic vice-presidential candidate, Virginia governor Tim Kaine, supports union-busting “right to work” laws, and
Whereas Democrats and Republicans are and have always been strike-breaking, war-making parties of the bosses, and
Whereas so long as the labor movement supports one or another party of the bosses, we will be playing a losing game, therefore be it
Resolved that IUPAT Local 10 does not support the Democrats, Republicans, or any bosses’ parties or politicians, and Resolved that we call on the International Union to repudiate its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president, and Resolved that we call on the labor movement to break from the Democratic Party, and build a class-struggle workers party
Approved at the August 17, 2016 Regular Meeting of the Membership
Sign the Petition
On August 17, Painters Union (IUPAT) Local 10 in Portland, Oregon, passed a resolution calling for the building of a “class struggle workers party.” This call is especially important today, when the corporate mouthpiece Hillary Clinton, and the racist demagogue Donald Trump are presented as the only viable options for president. No matter which of these is elected, workers and youth will need to fight the coming attacks. To do this, we will need a political party of working class people, one which will unite, organize and mobilize all working class people to fight for our interests. That’s why we should help spread the word of this call of Local 10 and take the first concrete steps in that direction. Please sign and help pass around this message of support, which will be sent to Local 10.
Support the call of Painters Local 10 for a working class party!
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
Local Union No. 10
11105 N.E. Sandy Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97220
Phone: (503) 257-0589, Fax: (503) 262-5358