From: Jack Heyman firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Aug 18, 2005
Local 10 Pres. Willis' Solidarity Speech to the Bay Area Labor Movement
by Trent Willis, President ILWU Local 10
Brothers and Sisters:
WITH THE RECENT split in the AFL-CIO, the American trade union movement
is at a critical crossroads. Unless labor learns from its mistakes and
ACTS accordingly, we are bound to repeat them. There is one proviso:
the survival of organized labor hangs in the balance.
Today American unions are faced with another potential airlines' strike
on Friday August 19, very much like PATCO. This time it's the Aircraft
Mechanics Fraternal Association, an independent union, not affiliated
either with the AFL-CIO or the split off organization, the Change to
Win Coalition. But when it's a question of workers standing up for
their rights against the bosses, all of organized labor must stand with
them or face the dire consequences of another PATCO travesty.
International President Jim Herman at the time of the PATCO strike
proposed to then-AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland a united labor action,
including a walkout, to defend against President Reagan's threat.
Unfortunately, his call to action went unheeded and workers are paying
that onerous cost today. Labor must learn the lessons of PATCO.
ILWU Local 10 with a long and proud record of labor solidarity calls on
all labor unions, labor councils and workers organizations, here and
internationally, to honor the Aircraft Mechanics' strike. Let us hold
high labor's banner: "An injury to one is an injury to all."
(This speech was given at the ILWU Local 10 membership meeting Aug. 18, 2005.)