AFL-CIO exec. council opposes invasion at this time (excerpt)

Fred Feldman ffeldman at
Fri Feb 28 04:41:22 MST 2003

Union Federation Opposes War With Iraq

The Associated Press
Thursday, February 27, 2003; 4:43 PM

The nation's largest labor federation declared its
opposition Thursday to war against Iraq at this time,
saying President Bush has not made a case for an attack
without broad support from U.S. allies.

The executive council of the AFL-CIO, made up of 65
unions, ended its four-day meeting by unanimously
passing the carefully worded resolution, which also
says Saddam Hussein must be disarmed - with
"multilateral resolve, not unilateral action."

Organized labor had tough words for President Bush,
without naming him directly, saying the United States
has squandered the goodwill it enjoyed after the
terrorist attacks and insulted the nation's allies.

"The president has not fulfilled his responsibility to
make a compelling and coherent explanation to the
American people and the world," the resolution said.

Organized labor has typically backed military action in
the past, including strong support for the Vietnam War.
"By historical standards, this is unusual and this is
significant," Robert Bruno, labor professor at the
University of Illinois at Chicago, said of Thursday's

Morton Bahr, president of the Communications Workers of
America, said the resolution was the result of a number
of briefings on Iraq with officials who worked in the
Clinton administration, including former national
security adviser Sandy Berger and former chief of staff
John Podesta.

"We had real broad input from these guys who had been
living with this for a long time," Bahr said, adding
that organized labor has historically taken positions
on wars that involve American workers and their

The resolution urges the Bush administration to pursue
broad, global consensus to put pressure on Iraq,
"ensuring that war, if it comes, will truly be a last


© 2003 The Associated Press

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