Local 1199 Opposes War

The following notice was posted on the Internet Sept. 21, 2001.

The President of Local 1199/SEIU, Dennis Rivera, with the support of the union’s Delegate Assembly, announced the union’s opposition to “launching a war against any nation because of the actions of a few,” as well as the union’s condemnation of terrorism and demand that the perpetrators of terrorist acts be brought to justice.

Local 1199 represents 220,000 members in the New York metropolitan area. Local 1199 was the first labor union to openly oppose the war in Vietnam. A union primarily of health care workers, many of its members worked to save lives following the attack on the World Trade Center.