Für "sofortige Beendigung der US-Besatzung in Irak"
Largest State Federation of Labor in U.S. Calls for "Immediate" End to U.S. Occupation of Iraq
Gewerkschaftsdachverband AFL-CIO Kalifornien verabschiedet zwei Resolutionen zur Besatzungspolitik
California Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO adopted two resolutions
Der Kalifornische Gewerkschaftsbund AFL-CIO, der rund zwei Millionen Mitglieder repräsentiert, hat auf seinem Kongress am 13./14./15. Juli 2004 mit überwältigender Mehrheit eine Resolution verabschiedet, in der sich die Gewerkschafter für ein "sofortiges Ende der US-Besatzung des Irak" aussprechen. Des weiteren forderten die Delegierten die Aufhebung des "Patriot Act", eines Gesetzes, das im Gefolge des 11. September 2001 erlassen worden war und zum Teil erhebliche Einschränkungen von Freiheitsrechten im Inneren der USA vornahm. Die dritte Forderung der Gewerkschafter lautet: Die Lebensinteressen der Menschen müssen wieder zur nationalen Priorität erhoben werden. Wörtlich: "Wir brauchen Arbeit und wirkliche Sicherheit, nicht Militarismus und Weltherrschaft."
In einer zweiten Resolution wird der nationale Gewerkschaftsdachverband AFL-CIO kritisiert, weil er sich an einem Programm der US-Regierung zur "Demokratisierung" des Irak beteiligt. Das Programm wird vom "National Endowment for Democracy (NED)" (Nationale Stiftung für Demokratie") gefördert und versucht in verschiedenen Ländern Strukturen aufzubauen und Regime bzw. Oppositionskräfte zu unterstützen, die für eine amerikafreundliche Politik stehen. Der AFL-CIO würde seinen guten Ruf aufs Spiel setzen, wenn er sich dadurch zum Handlanger der US-Regierung machen würde. Der Aufbau der irakischen Gewerkschaften sei eine Angelegenheit, die von den irakischen Lohnabhängigen selbst in die Hand genommen werden müsse.
Beide Resolutionen waren ursprünglich von der Gewerkschaftsorganisation San Francisco beantragt worden. Sie sollen nun als Anträge beim nächsten Nationalen Kongress des AFL-CIO eingebracht werden.
Im Folgenden dokumentieren wir (englisch):
einen Bericht über den Gewerkschaftskongress / report on the AFL-Cio Congress und die beiden Resolutionen (den Bericht haben wir per e-mail aus San Diego erhalten),
die erste Resolution /the first resolution (verbatim) im Wortlaut und
die zweite Resolution / the secon resolution (verbatim) im Wortlaut.
San Diego, CA: On Tuesday, July 13th at its 25th
biennial convention, the California Federation of
Labor, AFL-CIO, representing more than two million
members, voted overwhelmingly to call upon the AFL-CIO
to "demand an immediate end to the US occupation of
Iraq, and to support the repeal of the Patriot Act and
the reordering of national priorities toward the human
needs of our people." The California federation is the
largest in the AFL-CIO, with more than one-sixth of its
The action was inspired by a strong antiwar resolution
submitted by the San Francisco Labor Council, but as
reported by the resolutions committee to the
convention, it called only for an "expedient" end to
the occupation. When debate opened, State Labor
Federation Vice President Nancy Wohlforth (who is also
national Secretary-Treasurer of the Office &
Professional Employees International Union and national
leader of Pride at Work), proposed to restore the
original demand for "immediate" end to the occupation.
Her motion was seconded by Walter Johnson, Secretary-
Treasurer of the San Francisco Labor Council. On a
voice vote by the more than 400 delegates, an
overwhelming majority voted in favor of the stronger
demand. The strength of that vote appears to reflect
the depth of anger which union members have toward the
Bush administration's "pre-emptive" war and occupation
in Iraq where more than 850 U.S. troops have been
killed and more than 5000 have been wounded since the
invasion last year.
A second amendment was then introduced by John
Dalrymple, Executive Director of the Contra Costa
County Central Labor Council, and Alan Benjamin,
Executive Board member of OPEIU Local 3 in San
Francisco, to affirm the California Labor Federation's
intent to "explore affiliation with and help actively
support and promote U.S. Labor Against the War
(USLAW)...." USLAW is a national network of labor
organizations opposed to U.S. policy in Iraq that has
more than 80 affiliated national and local unions,
regional labor bodies, labor antiwar committees, and
allied labor organizations. This amendment was also
adopted by an overwhelming majority, and was followed
by an even larger majority vote for adoption of the
resolution as amended.
The California federation also adopted without
modification a resolution demanding transparency and
accountability by the AFL-CIO in its international
programs. It urged the AFL-CIO and its Solidarity
Center to "exercise extreme caution in seeking or
accepting funding from the U.S. government, its
agencies and any other institutions which it funds,"
such as the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), for
its work in Iraq or elsewhere. It warned that doing so
could "give the appearance, if not the effect, of
making the AFL-CIO appear to be an agent of the U.S.
government and its foreign policies," which, it warned,
"may taint the good reputation of the Federation in the
eyes of the labor movements in other countries and draw
into question the motivation and true independence of
the Federation in its international affairs."
The convention called upon the AFL-CIO "to fully
account for what was done" in Chile, Venezuela and
other countries where the AFL-CIO funneled NED funds to
opponents of the elected government. In the case of
Chile, that led to the military coup and overthrow of
the democratically elected government of Salvador
Allende in the 1973, which brought to power the
Pinochet dictatorship, and in the case of Venezuela, to
the attempted but unsuccessful overthrow of the
government of Hugo Chavez in 2003. It called upon the
federation to give a country by country accounting of
its activities and to "renounce any ... tie that could
compromise our authentic credibility and the trust of
workers here and abroad that would make us paid agents
of government or of the forces of corporate economic
The convention called upon the AFL-CIO to fund its
international programs and activities, whenever
possible, with funds generated directly from its
affiliates and their members.
the people in Iraq want the US occupation to end, and the US soldiers in Iraq want to come home. We ask: who is benefiting from this war, and who is paying the price; and
, every day, people are dying as a consequence of this illegal occupation… Every day human misery expands in the drive for world Empire and corporate globalization… Every day, jobs are lost and vital social programs that serve and protect working people are being looted and destroyed, as the Bush administration cynically manipulates the so-called "war on terrorism" to carry out the social transfer of wealth from the bottom to the top; and
, the Bush administration lied to the people, to the Congress, and to the United Nations as it raced to wage war against Iraq. Now tens of thousands of Iraqis and thousands of GIs have been killed or maimed. As the anger of the Iraqi people has inevitably grown, the body count on both sides has sharply increased; and
, as the anti-war movement predicted, the Iraqi people view US forces as colonial occupiers, not liberators. American soldiers are killing and being killed in a war that serves only the interests of U.S. oil monopolies and corporate elites - George W. Bush's real constituents; and
, the Pentagon admits they will have about 150,000 troops in Iraq for the "foreseeable future," at a cost of Billions of dollars every month -- on top of the cost of maintaining US troops and bases in 130 other countries - and this rapid rise in the power and reach of the military is closely linked to the unprecedented assault on the civil rights, union rights, benefits (including veterans' benefits), and living standards of working people going on right now in the United States; and
, the Bush administration - which only came to power due to racist disenfranchisement and voting fraud -- has used the excuse of their "endless war" to sponsor a wholesale assault on the Bill of Rights, institutionalize racial profiling, assume extraordinary powers for the Executive branch, and adopt new repressive laws like the Patriot Act; therefore be it
, that the San Francisco Labor Council, AFL-CIO, raise these demands:
Adopted by the 2004 Convention of the California Labor Federation.
an immediate end to the US/British war and occupation in Iraq - Bring the Troops Home Now;
repeal of the Patriot Act and other repressive laws;
reordering of national priorities toward the human needs of our people. We need jobs and real security, not militarism and empire-building.
the AFL-CIO and unions generally in the U.S. are deeply committed to the concept of solidarity with labor movements in other countries, and
Whereas the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) has served as a front for U.S. government foreign policy objectives, including acting in the past as a front for U.S. government intelligence operations and subversive interference in the internal affairs of the labor movements of other countries, and
the AFL-CIO leadership, through the Federation's Solidarity Center, has announced its intentions to apply for $3 to 5 millions in funding from the NED for its operations in Iraq, and
the conventions of the International Labor Organization guarantee workers of every country the right to choose to be represented by the labor organization or union of their own choosing, free from government, corporate or foreign interference or constraints, and
AFL-CIO acceptance of NED funding for its solidarity work in Iraq would have the appearance, if not the effect, of interfering in the internal affairs of the Iraqi labor movement in furtherance of U.S. government foreign policy objectives,
Therefore be it resolved
that the San Francisco Labor Council, AFL-CIO, affirm its support for the principles of autonomy, independence and self-determination embodied in the International Conventions of the International Labor Organization, and
Be it further resolved
that the San Francisco Labor Council oppose the AFL-CIO and its Solidarity Center seeking or accepting funding from the U.S. government, its agencies and any other institutions which it funds such as the NED for its work in Iraq or elsewhere, and
Be it further resolved
, that the San Francisco Labor Council urge the AFL-CIO to fund its international programs and activities from funds generated directly by its affiliates and their members.
Adopted by the 2004 Convention of the California Labor Federation.
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