Albany (New York) Central Federation of Labor Says:

No War Against Iraq


(This resolution was adopted the first week of October.)

Whereas, now the Bush Administration is beating the drums for a new war against Iraq, despite mounting opposition to this war at home and abroad; and

Whereas, wasting billions of dollars (estimated at as much as $200 billion by Bush economic adviser Lawrence Lindsey) on the Iraq war buildup translates into cutbacks of essential and job-producing social programs at home such as education, health care, social security, and housing, and threatening the rights of labor to strike and organize; and

Whereas, the Bush Administration’s war drive has a domestic component threatening to turn his “endless war” against the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU), as an opening wedge against the entire labor movement, by threatening government intervention on the West Coast docks under the guise of “Homeland Security” on the side of the Pacific Maritime Association bosses and a coalition of anti-union corporate interests including WalMart and The Gap; therefore be it

Resolved, that the Albany Central Federation of Labor join the growing movement in opposition to any U.S. war against Iraq, and call on the unions and AFL-CIO at all levels and Congressional representatives to publicly oppose this war; and be it further

Resolved, that the Albany Central Federation of Labor endorse “Stop the War” rallies including the International Day of Protest on October 26, 2002, in Washington, D.C., and other cities. We will send this resolution to our two Senators and area Congress Representatives.