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(en) US, Teamsters Against War

From redblack <redblack@ziplip.com>
Date Wed, 23 Oct 2002 03:18:38 -0400 (EDT)


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Please note: revolutionary anarchists are among the small number in 
Uprise! Thanks.

Uprise! press release:

Please Forward far and wide

On Sunday, October 18, Teamsters Local 705, at it's general meeting, 
resolved to oppose Bush's drive for war against Iraq.

With over 300 members attending, the meeting overwhelmingly approved 
a resolution proposed by members of the Uprise! group, and supported 
by veterans, socialists, and the Secretary-Treasurer Jerry Zero.

Teamsters Local 705, based in Chicago IL, is the second largest 
Teamsters Local in the U.S, and among the largest locals of any 
union in the country.

705 was part of the historic 1997 UPS strike, and well known for 
assisting other area unions struggling for justice.

The resolution reads as follows:

"Resolution Against the War

-Whereas, we value the lives of our sons and daughters, of our 
brothers and sisters more than Bush's control of Middle East oil 
profits

-Whereas, we have no quarrel with the ordinary working-class men, 
women, and children of Iraq who will suffer the most in any war

-Whereas, the billions of dollars being spent to stage and execute 
this invasion, means billions taken away from our schools, 
hospitals, housing, and social security

-Whereas, Bush's drive for war serves as a cover and a distraction 
for the sinking economy, corporate corruption, lay-offs, Taft-Hartley 
(used against the lacked out ILWU longshoremen)

-Whereas, Teamsters Local 705 is known far and wide as fighters for 
justice

Be it Resolved that Teamsters Local 705 stands firmly against Bush's 
drive for war

Further Resolved that the Teamsters Local 705 Executive Board 
publicize this statement, and seek out other unions, labor and 
community activists interested in promoting anti-war activity 
in the labor movement and community."

We ask all those who support and are encouraged by this statement 
to contact Teamsters Local 705 to offer support:
Teamsters Local 705
312 738-2800 or www.teamsterslocal705.org
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Uprise! is a small group of workers at two UPS facilities in the 
Chicago area who publish a newsletter and campaigned for a "No" 
vote to the latest UPS-Teamsters Contract, getting 35%.  Uprise 
wants to "organize against the UPS bosses and all that the stand 
for." Uprise! is currently based on 5 points of unity:
1. We are independent
2. We are for direct action
3. We are for direct democracy
4. We are against racism and sexism and homophbia
5. We are for a revolutionary movement against exploitation

Uprise! can be contacted at 773 523-9201 or uprise@ziplip.com


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