NEW YORK – As events marked the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, New Yorkers, in all their diversity, turned out to remember those who died, to honor those who rushed to the aid of the World Trade Center (WTC) victims and to call for peaceful solutions to terrorism.
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NEW YORK – Tens of thousands of union members gathered at Battery Park here Sept. 3, just blocks from where the World Trade Towers used to stand. They came to honor the 600 union members and thousands of other workers who died last Sept. 11 and to declare to the Bush Administration that national security will not be used as a pretext to impede workers’ rights to organize and bargain collectively.
Contract talks between the Machinists Union (IAM) and Boeing were in a state of limbo as of press time. Although the existing contract expired at midnight on Sept. 1, the IAM agreed to extend the contract for 30 days at the request of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).
CLEVELAND – “Only 100 percent union is acceptable!” said Laborers’ International President Terrence O’Sullivan, grand marshal for Cleveland’s Labor Day Parade, Aug. 31, the largest parade ever.
Neither driving rain nor boiling heat could keep working families home on Labor Day 2002. Across the country, thousands marched, demanding, an end to the corporate corruption and greed that is destroying the economy, jobs, healthcare and pensions. Perhaps Leo Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) struck the dominant chord in his Labor Day message:
Peace and human rights organizations throughout the country will hold peace actions during the week of Sept. 11 to commemorate the terrorist attacks of last September and to press for peace and international cooperation. Slogans of the events include “work a day for peace,” “our grief is not a cry for war,” and “from ground zero to common ground.”
LOS ANGELES – Thousands of unionists, AFL-CIO leaders, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and elected officials voiced solidarity with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) at Labor Day events here as the dockers announced a Bush administration warning that trained Navy dockworkers from bases around the world have amassed in nearby San Diego, prepared to take over West Coast ports in the event of labor action.
CHICAGO – With the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks upon us, lawmakers are speaking out against the Bush-Cheney plan to invade Iraq in the name of the “war on terrorism.”
JOHANNESBURG – Delegates to the third Earth Summit reached a minimal agreement on policies aimed at lifting four billion people from poverty and curbing threats to the global environment.