New York Labor group opposes Bush's war
A statement condemning terrorism but opposing war as a solution has been signed by 100 union members in their individual capacities. Included were eight trade union presidents including Larry Adams, National Postal Mail Handlers Union; Barbara Bowen, Professional Staff Congress; Arthur Cheliotes, Communication Workers of America; Michael Letwin, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW; Jill Levy, Council of Supervisors and Administrators, NYS Federation of School Administrators, American Federation of School Administrators; Maida Rosenstein; Brenda Stokely, AFSCME; Jonathan Tasini, National Writers Union. They have formed an ad hoc coalition called Labor Against War and adopted the following principles: NO WAR. It is wrong to punish any nation or people for the crimes of Individuals — peace requires global social and economic justice. JUSTICE, NOT VENGEANCE: An independent international tribunal to impartially investigate, apprehend and try those responsible for the September 11 attack. OPPOSITION TO RACISM-DEFENSE OF CIVIL LIBERTIES: Stop terror, racial profiling and legal restrictions against people of color and immigrants, and defend democratic rights. AID FOR THE NEEDY, NOT THE GREEDY: Government aid for the victims families and displaced workers — not the wealthy. Rebuild New York City with union labor, union pay, and with special concern for new threats to worker health and safety. NO LABOR AUSTERITY: The cost of September 11 must not be borne by working and poor New Yorkers. No surrender of workers' living standards, programs or other rights. September 11 has brought indescribable suffering to New York City's working people, says a statement issued by the group. We have lost friends, family members and co-workers of all colors, nationalities and religions — a thousand of them union members. An estimated one hundred thousand New Yorkers will lose their jobs. We condemn this crime against humanity and mourn those who perished. We are proud of the rescuers and the outpouring of labor support for victims' families. We want justice for the dead and safety for the living. And we believe that George Bush's war is not the answer. No one should suffer what we experienced on September 11. Yet war will inevitably harm countless innocent civilians, strengthen American alliances with brutal dictatorships and deepen global poverty — just as the United States and its allies have already inflicted widespread suffering on innocent people in such places as Iraq, Sudan, Israel and the Occupied Territories, the former Yugoslavia and Latin America.