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jueves, mayo 05, 2005

Carpenters Local 713 Resolution on Venezuela

FYI: a 4,000-member Carpenters' local passed this resolution last week. --bugs

An Open Letter to John Sweeney, President of the AFL-CIO

Carpenters Local 713 (Alameda County, California) believes that the foreign interests of Corporate America and those of ordinary working class people are not the same. Big business has always attempted to undermine the living standards of working people through its foreign policies. We believe our movement can be strengthened globally by fighting for higher pay and better conditions for all workers around the world.

In 2002 the Bush administration was implicated in the coup attempt against Venezeula’s democratically elected government. Venezuela is one of the world’s biggest producers of oil and its current government refuses to follow the dictates of the big US oil companies that have robbed American workers for so long.

Local 713 opposes any moves by the Bush administration to overthrow or undermine the democratically-elected government in Venezuela. The US trade union movement should build direct links and solidarity with working class people and the genuine workers’ unions in Venezuela and internationally for our common economic benefit.

Submitted by Rob Rooke, delegate, Carpenters Regional Council
Passed by Local 713 Thursday April 28th at Local’s Union Meeting

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