Twin Cities Labor Against the War Is Formed


Steelworkers Union Official Urges Labor Antiwar Organizing


United Steelworkers of America
District #11

David A. Foster, Director
2829 University Ave. SE, Suite #100
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 623-8045
FAX (612) 623-8854
dfoster@uswa.org

March 17, 2003

Dear Twin Cities Trade Unionist,

I am writing to encourage your participation in a new group that formed this morning, Twin Cities Labor against the War. As our name implies, we are motivated by a deep-rooted concern that the social agenda of the labor movement is being derailed by the Bush Administration’s unswerving drive toward launching a war against Iraq.

We are also deeply committed to the proposition that the best way to support our sons and daughters currently serving in the Middle East is to bring them home now.

Two weeks ago the national AFL-CIO unanimously endorsed a resolution on Iraq which stated, “The president has not fulfilled his responsibility to make a compelling and coherent explanation to the American people and the world about the need for military action against Iraq at this time. America has always been a peace-loving nation, slow to take up arms and resolute in pursuit of diplomatic resolution to crises. This administration’s actions are sadly eroding that reputation and the respect it accords us.”

On Saturday, March 22, at 1:30 PM we will be joining a host of other organizations in the Neighbors March for Peace, starting at Macalester College and marching down Summit Avenue. We would like to encourage your union and members to join us under the banner “Labor against the War, Support our Troops, Bring Them Home Now.” We will gather under the banner outside the Student Center at Grand and Snelling. Wear your union jackets and bring labor signs and banners.

In the weeks and months to come, Twin Cities Labor against the War will be holding additional meetings and activities to educate and mobilize our members to speak out against the Bush Administration’s foreign policy agenda and the adverse effects it will have on our own program for jobs, affordable health care, prescription drug reform, a sustainable economy, and fair tax policy. To join Twin Cities Labor against the War or for more information, please contact Tara Widner at United Steelworkers of America, District #11, 2829 University Ave. #100, Minneapolis, MN 55414, (612) 623-8045 or at twidner@uswa.org.

Again, please join with us on March 22.

In Solidarity,
David Foster, Director
United Steelworkers of America, District #1