Organized at a meeting Jan. 11 at Teamsters Local 705 in Chicago, U.S. Labor Against the War brings together more than
200 local unions, 50 Central Labor Councils, dozens of regional labor bodies and six national unions to speak out for peace.
Visit the USLAW web site to learn about the coalitions
activities and read its resolutions.
Support the Troops
Question the War
UE Officers: "Support the Troops;
(in UE News Update)
Support for UE Members in
Memo from UE Gen.
Sec. Treas. Bruce Klipple
(on this page)
Response to War
Historic Global Labor Press Conference
UE Members Join World Day of Demonstrations
UE Locals Urged to Adopt USLAW Resolution
World Labor Movement and the War ( from LabourStart)
Support for UE Members in Uniform
March 28, 2003
To: UE Locals
General Executive Board
From: Bruce J. Klipple, General Secretary-Treasurer
Re: Support for UE Members in Uniform
In line with UE policy, the National Union encouraged activities to prevent a war on Iraq. Now that the war is
underway, the National Officers believe the Union should do its utmost to show support for the UE members and close relatives who
have been called up to serve in this conflict.
Within the first 24 hours of the war, a statement from the National Officers supporting
the troops, but reserving the right to question the war, was posted on the UE Website. That statement is enclosed. Please reproduce
and post as you see fit.
We will be providing local leaders and staff with information to help you best protect the job rights of those
called to duty and raise demands on employers to make our members whole for any lost wages or benefits resulting from service to
We will be working for legislation (now before Congress) which would make sure workers dont lose pay when they
are called into service in cases such as this. In the near future we will provide you with information so that this can become a
Please notify the UE NEWS of these and related activities, including collective bargaining, grievances, etc., aimed
at ensuring the rights of our members in uniform.
We would like to have as complete a list as possible of those UE members who have been called to Iraq, and their
addresses. The UE NEWS will print photos and letters from UE members serving in Iraq; such contributions are encouraged. Also, with
their permission, the UE NEWS would like to print addresses of servicepeople on duty to encourage members to write to their
co-workers and friends.
The Union continues to have a responsibility to raise important questions about Bushs war plans and the future of
Iraq, particularly as they relate to corporate globalization schemes. The Union also has a responsibility to support its members in
uniform now and as they return to the shops.