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Endorsed by Local 85 Executive Board, 2/13/03:

Local 85 Resolution Opposing the Bush Administration's War On Iraq

WHEREAS, in the labor community in the US and around the world, there is a growing recognition of a need for average citizens to come together now to voice our concerns about  decisions being made in our name by  the current US presidential administration which is effectively unchecked by Congress; and we are making this statement because there is a general concensus developing that these decisions will have extremely damaging consequences for us and for other working people here and elsewhere;

WHEREAS, the American people have no reason to go to war against the people of Iraq, and have no desire to trade human blood for oil and empire;

WHEREAS, the Iraqi people, already suffering from 12 years of sanctions and continuous bombing (which has inflicted death upon 1.6 million people, including 500,000 children) will be innocent victims of the war;

WHEREAS, the billions of dolloars spent to stage and execute yet another war on Iraq are being taken away from our schools, hospitals, housing, and Social Security and services for the poor in the midst of the greatest economic crisis in recent memory, even as the Bush Administration simultaneously plans even more giveaways and welfare for their rich supporters; and

WHEREAS, the Bush Administration has spearheaded a renewed assault on organized labor which includes:   attempting to implement NAFTA aginst the interests of Teamsters in trucking; using Taft-Hartley against  the longshoremen;   excluding over 50,000 federal airport screeners' right to organize;  privatizing nearly 200,000 federal jobs covered by the American Federation of Government Employees(AFGE), and removing collective bargaining rights from  these employees; and

WHEREAS, the war appears to be a pretext for attacks on our civil liberties, labor rights, other human rights, and immigrants:   the Bush Administration and Congress are expanding the government's ability to detain non-citizens, to conduct  telephone and internet surveillance, and to carry out secret searches through the  US Patriot Act, which is undermining our precious civil liberties, including labor's right to organize;  and is therefore eroding the central  character of our democracy, which the Bush administration is sworn to protect;

WHEREAS, the Bush Administration's drive for war serves as a cover and distraction for the sinking economy, ongoing corporate corruption; layoffs, and the seemingly deliberate engineering of a widening gap between rich and poor;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that  Teamsters Local 85 stands firmly against the Bush Admininstration's drive to war and calls for a re-ordering of our national priorities which should include policies which promote:   jobs, education, health care, & a clean environment;  and a renewed commitment to ensure social justice, protect civil liberties, and strengthen all human rights, including labor rights; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Local 85 will add its voice to the growing number of union members and organizations who are not only taking a stand against a war on Iraq, but also against the US Patriot Act and Homeland Security Act; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that Teamsters Local 85 joins other labor organizations, and community allies to actively promote and participate in activities opposing the Bush Administration's drive to war, including encouraging our members to attend the anti-war march and rally in San Francisco on Sunday, February 16;  and that this resolution be immediately conveyed  to:  the San Francisco Labor Council,  Teamsters Joint Council 7, the IBT, our 2 US Senators (Feinstein and Boxer), and our members of Congress (Pelosi and Lantos).

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