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ILWU 2009 Convention Resolution:
SUPPORT OF THE WITHDRAWAL OF AMERICAN TROOPS FROM IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN AND THE REINVESTMENT IN THE HUMAN NEEDS OF AMERICAN PEOPLE


International Longshore and Warehouse Union

(R-15)
RESOLVED: 'that the 34th ILWU Convention demands that the United States immediately begin a complete withdrawal of armed forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, and

That the 34th ILWU Convention calls for an end to private war profiteering and that contractors be held responsible for their crimes while engaged in contracted activities; and

That the 34th ILWU Convention expresses its solidarity with all lraqi unions in their efforts to organize and establish free and independent unions, and

That the 34th ILWU Convention supports lraqi labor efforts to protect th-$ national sovereignty of its oil, other natural resources and public assets; and

That the 34th ILWU Convention calls for a reversal of the current federal funding priorities that create austerity for labor by investing in unending war while at the same time taking funds from education, health care, environmental safety and other human needs; and

That the 34th ILWU Convention calls for full restoration of the fundamental constitutional, civil and human rights that have been suspended in order to pursue the "war on terror" and that ILWU Local 6 advocates for (1) the elimination of the practices of rendition, torture and warrantless surveillance, (2) the closing of the prison at Guantanamo Bay and (3) the repeal of the Military Commission Act and the Patriot Act; and

That the 34th ILWU Convention attempts to establish relationships with organizations of veterans and military families and build a network of union members who are vets or in military families, and

That the 34th ILWU Convention communicates to other locals and state and regional bodies, and the AFL-CIO, the existence and significance of these issues and encourages those bodies to undertake appropriate education and solidarity actions in line with these resolutions.


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