Teamsters Local 85 (San Francisco)

Resolution Opposing the Bush Administrationís War on Iraq

This resolution was adopted on Feb. 13, 2003, by the Executive Board of Local 85  of the International Brotherhood or Teamsters (IBT) in San Francisco; as far as we know, this is the second Teamsters local in the U.S. to adopt such a resolution. The first was Teamsters Local 705 in Chicago, which later hosted the founding meeting of U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW). For the text of the Teamsters Local 705 resolution, click here.

WHEREAS, in the labor community in the US and around the world, there is a growing recognition of a need for average citizens to come together now to voice our concerns about decisions being made in our name by the current U.S. presidential administration which is effectively unchecked by Congress; and we are making this statement because there is a general consensus developing that these decisions will have extremely damaging consequences for us and for other working people here and elsewhere;

WHEREAS, the American people have no reason to go to war against the people of Iraq, and have no desire to trade human blood for oil and empire;

WHEREAS, the Iraqi people, already suffering from 12 years of sanctions and continuous bombing (which has inflicted death upon 1.6 million people, including 500,000 children) will be innocent victims of the war;

WHEREAS, the billions of dollars spent to stage and execute yet another war on Iraq are being taken away from our schools, hospitals, housing, and Social Security and services for the poor in the midst of the greatest economic crisis in recent memory, even as the Bush Administration simultaneously plans even more giveaways and welfare for their rich supporters; and

WHEREAS, the Bush Administration has spearheaded a renewed assault on organized labor which includes: attempting to implement NAFTA against the interests of Teamsters in trucking; using Taft-Hartley against the longshoremen; excluding over 50,000 federal airport screenersí right to organize; privatizing nearly 200,000 federal jobs covered by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), and removing collective bargaining rights from these employees; and

WHEREAS, the war appears to be a pretext for attacks on our civil liberties, labor rights, other human rights, and immigrantsí rights: the Bush Administration and Congress are expanding the governmentís ability to detain non-citizens, to conduct telephone and internet surveillance, and to carry out secret searches through the USA Patriot Act, which is undermining our precious civil liberties, including laborís right to organize; and is therefore eroding the central character of our democracy, which the Bush Administration is sworn to protect;

WHEREAS, the Bush Administrationís drive for war serves as a cover and distraction for the sinking economy, ongoing corporate corruption, layoffs, and the seemingly deliberate engineering of a widening gap between rich and poor;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Teamsters Local 85 stands firmly against the Bush Administrationís drive to war and calls for a reordering of our national priorities, which should include policies which promote: jobs, education, health care, and a clean environment; and a renewed commitment to ensure social justice, protect civil liberties, and strengthen all human rights, including labor rights; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Local 85 will add its voice to the growing number of union members and organizations who are not only taking a stand against a war on Iraq, but also against the USA Patriot Act and Homeland Security Act; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that Teamsters Local 85 joins other labor organizations, and community allies to actively promote and participate in activities opposing the Bush Administrationís drive to war, including encouraging our members to attend the antiwar march and rally in San Francisco on Sunday, February 16; and that this resolution be immediately conveyed to: the San Francisco Labor Council, Teamsters Joint Council 7, the IBT, our two U.S. Senators (Feinstein and Boxer), and our members of Congress (Pelosi and Lantos).