[Marxism] Fw: Support Puerto Rican Teachers!

acpollack2 at juno.com acpollack2 at juno.com
Tue May 24 22:06:07 MDT 2005


I'll check around to see what labor sites have this info.
The AFT had no friggin' business colonizing Puerto Rico anyway. But's always been one of the most conservative - especially on foreign policy -- of the AFL-CIO's unions. If other P.R. unionists want AFL-CIO connections for pragmatic reasons, that's their business, but attempts by Sweeney et al. to expand outside the U.S. (including its captive colony, the PR), are just imperialism. And this disaffiliation is long overdue.

P.S. Have comrades seen the recent AFT statement denouncing the (justified) boycott of Israeli universities passed by the teachers union in England?

-- "Carlos A. Rivera" <cerejota at optonline.net> wrote:
This is related to the discussions on the AFL-CIO as a vital part of the 
workers movement.

I think the AFL-CIO needs the combination of local disaffiliations, rank and 
file upsurge, and new unions coming into being in places where they refuse 
to organize, to again become a force to be reckoned with, and not a 
corporation that cares more about conventions in Hilton Hotels than class 
struggle or even servicing their members.

Its bureaucracy is not only entrenched, but opposed to anything that smells 
like democracy or challenges their hegemony. When they fight, they fight 
dirty, and would rather see workers lose any representation, than having 
them be represented by an union and leadership that stood up to them.

sks

----- Original Message ----- 

Please distribute to your lists (Spanish version to follow)
Favor de distribuir a sus listas (versión en español a seguir)

*NOTE: Statement by FMPR President Rafael Feliciano Hernández available 
online at http://pr.indymedia.org/news/2005/05/8245.php; UNOFFICIAL English 
translation attached and to follow at bottom of page.
*NOTA: Declaración del Preseidente de la FMPR, Rafael Feliciano Hernández, 
disponible en http://pr.indymedia.org/news/2005/05/8245.php; traducción NO 
OFICIAL al inglés adjunta y a seguir al final de la página.






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