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19/11/03 LABOR ASSEMBLY FOR PEACE
Source http://www.uslaboragainstwar.org/
Report and Key Documents ALSO AVAILABLE ON THE WEB!

TO: ALL LABOR ANTIWAR ACTIVISTS & SUPPORTERS OF U.S. LABOR AGAINST THE WAR

Below and attached are the final report from the National Labor Assembly for Peace held in Chicago on October 24-25 and key documents adopted there. Please distribute these widely in your union or other labor organization. Use them in your effort to win support for affiliation with USLAW.

Use the membership application to join USLAW yourself as an individual associate member. This will affirm your personal support and make you part of the USLAW national network.

These documents are also available at the USLAW website in both plain text and PDF format for downloading. Links to their web addresses are provided below.

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Official Report on the Assembly, including photos & credentials report (in PDF version):

http://www.uslaboragainstwar.org/news/news.php?news_id=2128

http://www.uslaboragainstwar.org/images/AssemblyFinalReport.pdf

[Available here in PDF format]

Structure, Leadership & Final Report
Mission Statement
Affiliate Resolution
Associate Member Application

U.S. Labor Against the War

LET'S UNITE TO END THE WAR AT HOME AND THE WAR ABROAD! Report on National Labor Assembly for Peace Oct. 24-25, 2003 in Chicago

At an historic gathering, nearly 200 delegates representing one hundred labor organizations met at the hall of Teamsters Local 705 in Chicago to transform U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW), formed in January 2003 before the Iraq war, into an on-going coalition of labor groups. The unions participating represented more than 500,000 workers and were joined by 14 Central Labor Councils, state union organizations and other regional bodies representing additional hundreds of thousands of workers. The Assembly was notable for the breadth of support from the labor movement, the openness of the discussion and serious debate on the critical questions of war and peace facing our nation, and the ambitious action program that was promoted.

The delegates at the National Labor Assembly agreed to challenge the militarization of U.S. foreign and domestic policies and the permanent war economy. Founded as an emergency response network to the threat of war in January, 2003, the Assembly determined to make USLAW a permanent coalition based on affiliated labor bodies that agree to support the organization financially and participate in its activities. Its new mission statement broadens the scope of USLAW's work to address the range of impacts that US foreign policy and the militarization of our economy have on workers, their jobs, their rights and liberties, their families, unions and communities.

LABOR PARTICIPATION

Participating in the National Labor Assembly were 56 local unions with a strong contingent of AFT and SEIU local unions but also locals of the UFCW, IAM, UE, Plumbers Union, AFSCME, AFGE, CWA, IBT, Letter Carriers, PASNAP (PA. Nurses), UAW and others. These locals ranged in size from under 100 members to 1199NY with over 250,000 members, with a good distribution of organizations in between.

Fourteen regional labor bodies were represented, including Central Labor Councils from large urban centers like Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington DC, CLCs from rural areas like the Monterey Bay region in California and Washington/Orange County, Vermont, and state wide entities such as the California Federation of Teachers and the CA Nurses Association. On a national level, United Electrical workers union (UE) and the Farm Labor Organizing Committee participated in addition to allied labor organizations like the Coalition of Labor Union Women and Pride at Work. There were fifteen ad hoc labor anti-war committees in attendance as well as labor groups like Black Workers for Justice from North Carolina. Dozens of at-large delegates attended who are working to gain endorsements of USLAW from their local unions.

THE ASSEMBLY DECISIONS

The four decision-making plenary sessions were lively and passionate. Delegates debated and voted on a series of motions from the floor to amend recommendations brought forward by the Continuations Committee, the USLAW leadership body established at the founding meeting. Voting procedures varied from a show of hands on non-controversial items to a weighted voting system for a few hotly contested issues.

By the close of the Assembly, the following decisions had been taken:

NAME: in a close vote among five popular choices, delegates decided to keep the original name - U.S. Labor Against the War. Delegates supporting this position emphasized that "the war" does not mean only the war on Iraq but more generally the administration's Permanent War strategy and the war on workers here at home.

MISSION STATEMENT: (full text available at the USLAW web site and included at the close of this report): After substantial discussion from the floor on Friday night, resulting in a series of changes to the statement, and several votes on amendments on Saturday, delegates overwhelmingly ratified a Mission Statement that commits USLAW to advocate, educate and mobilize in the U.S. labor movement for the principles of --

A just foreign policy that will bring genuine security and prosperity to working people, one that solves disputes with diplomacy rather than war.

An end to U.S. occupation of foreign countries. Redirecting the nation's resources from inflated military spending to meeting the needs of working families. Supporting our troops and their families by bringing the troops home now. Protecting workers' rights, civil rights, civil liberties, communities of color, and the rights of immigrants by promoting democracy, not subverting it. Solidarity with workers around the world and with those in the U.S. who want U.S. foreign and domestic policies to reflect our nation's highest ideals. STRUCTURE, LEADERSHIP AND FINANCES: (full text available at the USLAW web site) the Assembly approved a document that provides for three levels of leadership within USLAW:

(1) A Leadership Council composed of one representative from each affiliating organization, to be consulted on all significant policy and program decisions by letter, e-mail or conference call

(2) A Steering Committee composed of one representative each from affiliated National Unions and local unions with more than 10,000 members, and a designated number of representatives from other categories of affiliating organizations; it shall oversee the work of the organization, the implementation of its decisions and personnel matters

(3) An Executive Committee, selected by and from the Steering Committee, to conduct and oversee the day-to-day functioning of USLAW.

The document also provides for a National Assembly of affiliated organizations to be held at least every three years; for national Co-Convenors to be elected at the Assembly to serve as the principal spokespersons of USLAW; and for the chartering of USLAW Chapters so that affiliated labor organizations in the same geographic area can make an impact locally. Finally, the document sets forth guidelines for recommended financial contributions to USLAW that vary according to the size, nature and circumstances of the affiliating labor organization.

THE PROGRAM MOVING FORWARD TASK FORCES: Six Task Forces met to develop ideas for programs and activities for USLAW and reported back to the body. More details on their plans will become available on the USLAW website including opportunities to sign up for the Task Forces.

Defending Social Programs and the Public Sector:

This task force will publicize what the $87 Billion could buy at home, do teach-ins and actions such as on tax day, and do community forums with votes on supporting social programs and defending public services and the workers who provide them.

Defending Civil Liberties and Labor Rights: This task force will act as an information clearing house on the web site and will work against the Patriot Act and in defense of labor rights in the U.S.

Labor Veterans and Military Families Against the War:

The Vets and Military Families Task Force will reach out to and involve union members and retirees who are veterans or members of military families, set up a speakers bureau, participate in a March 20th national anti-war event and fight for vets benefits and rights.

Defending Immigrants and Communities of Color:

This task force will highlight military recruitment of high school youth during Black History Month, focus on unjust incarceration and work for amnesty for immigrant workers. It will help mobilize labors response to discrimination and harassment based on race, ethnicity, religion, or gender. http://www.uslaboragainstwar.org/news/news.php?news_id=1902

Popular Education and the War Economy:

The task force will develop materials for trainings and coordinate among people wanting to promote and lead educational workshops that make the connection between U.S. foreign policy, a militarized economy and budget, and the impact they have on workers, jobs and communities. Interested labor organizations are encouraged to host and organize a workshop available from United For a Fair Economy, in conjunction with USLAW, for officers, staff and members.

International Solidarity and Labor Rights for the Workers of Iraq:

This task force reported on a series of proposed activities to promote the right of Iraqi workers to organize in the unions of their choice, and to educate the labor movement and the public about the conditions that workers in Iraq are facing under the US Occupation. It will help mobilize labor solidarity with workers in other countries who are affected by U.S. foreign policy and military action.

Model Resolution on Occupation & Labor Rights in Iraq: http://www.uslaboragainstwar.org/resources/resource.php?id=335

Petition for Labor Rights in Iraq: http://www.uslaboragainstwar.org/resources/resource.php?id=339

http://www.uslaboragainstwar.org/images/LaborRightsPetition.pdf

CAMPAIGN FOR LABOR RIGHTS IN IRAQ: Prior to the task force meeting on International Solidarity, delegates heard a riveting report from two USLAW representatives (Clarence Thomas of the ILWU and David Bacon of the Newspaper Guild) who had participated in an international labor fact-finding delegation to Iraq in early October and saw slide photos of their visit. They reported 70% unemployment, incomes in many cases lower than those received during the Saddam Hussein era, a deteriorating standard of living, the threat of massive privatization of state-owned enterprises that employ the majority of Iraq's workers, and enforcement by the Occupying Authority of Hussein-era edicts banning collective bargaining in the public sector and at state-owned enterprises, and refusal to recognize any of the newly established unions.

The Assembly agreed to launch a campaign directed against the main Occupying Authority, the U.S. government, demanding labor rights for the workers of Iraq and immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops. The campaign will consist of resolutions to be adopted by unions, central labor councils and other labor bodies, petitions to be signed by individual workers, meetings with Members of Congress with a demand for a Congressional investigation of the labor situation in Iraq and profiteering by U.S. corporations granted lucrative no-bid contracts there, and a drive for material support (money, equipment) for the fledgling labor federations of Iraq. (The full text of a model resolution in support of this campaign is available at the web site along with other related documents.) Another larger labor delegation is being planned.

Clarence Thomas and David Bacon are available for speaking engagements and travel by invitation of interested labor bodies. These engagements can be arranged by contacting USLAW.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ASSEMBLY:

A warm, thoughtful and humorous welcoming address by Gerry Zero, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 705, the second-largest Teamster local in the country. Brother Zero's local generously made the hall available and provided significant staff and resource support for the entire event. A keynote address by Bill Fletcher, long-time labor activist and former special assistant to AFL-CIO Pres. John Sweeney, currently President of TransAfrica Forum, kicked off the Assembly with a challenge - "When Does Silence Become Complicity?" (Full text of the speech available at the USLAW web site). Remarks by Daniel Gluckstein, Coordinator of the Paris-based International Liaison Committee of Workers and People, one of the organizations co-sponsoring an international labor campaign in support of Iraqi workers along with USLAW and the International Confederation of Arab Trade Unions. The ILC also had participants in the labor delegation to Iraq. Brother Gluckstein provided a European and international perspectiven the situation in Iraq and the importance that unions around the world attach to the building of USLAW.

A celebration with the Chicago-area labor peace community at the close of the Assembly that featured a keynote address by Joslyn Williams, President of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Labor Council (full text of speech available at the web site), and concluding remarks by Nancy Wohlforth, President of Pride at Work and Secretary-Treasurer of Office & Professional Employees International Union. Joe Jencks, popular folk guitarist, provided some moving musical moments with labor and peace songs. (joejencks@hotmail.com)

NEXT STEPS 1) Join/Affiliate with USLAW

The structure/finance document adopted at the Assembly allows for both organizational affiliations and individual (associate) membership in USLAW. A sample affiliation resolution is attached and is also available at the USLAW web site, as is the application for individual membership. PLEASE JOIN USLAW AND WORK TO HAVE YOUR LABOR ORGANIZATION AFFILIATE. As a grassroots movement, USLAW will succeed only to the extent it is supported with the necessary resources. In addition to individual memberships and organizational affiliations, USLAW seeks and welcomes in-kind support from unions including staff time, printing and mailing assistance, fundraising/grant support and other kinds of support.

2) Help Build USLAW

Encourage your own local organization, other bodies in your union, and others in your area labor movement to affiliate with USLAW and support its programs. Demonstrate your commitment to build and support USLAW by becoming a member yourself.

3) Participate

Get involved in a USLAW Task Force by contacting USLAW or the Task Force leaders and begin to carry out the USLAW programs in your area. (By registering and signing up at the USLAW website, you will automatically receive notice of Task Force activities. More information about each task force is available at the website.)

4) Spread the Word

Tell coworkers, other union members and workers in other kinds of organizations about the USLAW website (www.uslaboragainstwar.org). Encourage them to visit it frequently to get the latest news and events information. (New information is added daily. Visit often.)

Together we can reverse the dangerous slide toward endless war and erosion of our rights. Together we can fight for a federal budget that gives working families the security and prosperity they need and deserve.

HEALTH CARE, NOT WARFARE! BOOKS, NOT BOMBS! MAKE JOBS, NOT WAR!

On behalf of the USLAW Continuations Committee,

Gene Bruskin, Co-Convenor

Bob Muehlenkamp, Co-Convenor

Amy Newell, National Organizer

Michael Eisenscher, National Organizer

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Mission Statement: http://www.uslaboragainstwar.org/resources/resource.php?id=331

MISSION STATEMENT Adopted by the NATIONAL LABOR ASSEMBLY for PEACE in Chicago, 10/25/03

The Current Situation

We are living in an era in which the government has manipulated our nation's fear of terrorism to launch wars, destroy our economic security, undermine government services, erode our democratic rights and intensify racism, sexism, religious discrimination and divisions among working people.

Under the mantle of National Security, the present Administration seeks to reverse decades of victories won by working people to regulate corporate conduct, protect the environment, strengthen the rights of workers, defend civil liberties and end, racism, sexism and discrimination and provide an adequate social safety net. Democracy as we know it is under threat. The USA Patriot Act threatens our fundamental rights under the Constitution.

This crisis is aggravated by the government's policies of military intervention abroad and attacks on working peoples' rights at home. Only corporations and the wealthy have benefited. Our nation faces a domestic calamity unemployment, declining wages and benefits, deunionization of the workforce, privatization and reduction of public services, crumbling health care and educational systems, underdeveloped communities, cuts in veterans benefits, escalating public debt and decreased economic, social and personal security. These government policies have hit women and people of color hardest.

We cannot solve these economic and social problems without addressing U.S. foreign policy and its consequences. The foreign policy of the Bush Administration, with the consent of Congress, is based on military aggression and the threat of force. It has weakened, rather than strengthened security in the U.S., creating enemies around the world and alienating friends. This policy has done immense harm to innocent civilians abroad and to our friends and family members in the military. The wars against Iraq and Afghanistan have turned into hostile occupations that are developing into Vietnam-like quagmires.

The policy of Permanent War has been based on lies and false promises to the American people and lucrative contracts to large corporations. This is coupled with a strategy of unbridled economic globalization with so -called Free Trade Agreements aimed at exploiting workers abroad, controlling natural resources and destroying jobs and communities at home. War has become a strategy for advancing the interests of US corporations in international markets. The massive military spending, combined with tax cuts for the rich, are creating colossal budget deficits that threaten to destroy needed social programs for decades, further undercutting the standard of living of working people here at home.

Our Principles

To protect our members and the lives and livelihoods of working people everywhere, we will advocate, educate and mobilize in the US labor movement for:

A Just Foreign Policy that will bring genuine security and prosperity to working people. A policy that strengthens international treaties, supports human rights institutions, respects national sovereignty and upholds the right of self-determination for all peoples. A foreign policy that solves disputes by diplomacy rather than war.

A policy that promotes global economic and social justice rather than the race-to-the-bottom, job-destroying, discriminatory practices favored by multinational corporations.

An End to U.S. Occupation of Foreign Countries, replaced by the reconstruction of war-devastated nations with the full support of the international community and the full participation and decision-making power of affected peoples.

Redirecting the Nation's Resources from inflated military spending to meeting the needs of working families for health care, education, a clean environment, housing and a decent standard of living based on principles of equality and democracy.

Supporting Our Troops and their Families by bringing the troops home now, by not recklessly putting them in harms way and by providing decent compensation, veteransbenefits and domestic policies administered without discrimination that prioritize the needs of working people who make up the bulk of the military.

Protecting Workers' Rights, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties and the Rights of Immigrants by promoting democracy, not subverting it. Ethnic, racial and religious profiling and stereotyping must be replaced by policies that promote dignity, economic justice and respect for all working people.

Solidarity With Workers and their Organizations Around the World who are struggling for their own labor and human rights, and with those in the U.S. who want US foreign and domestic policies to reflect our nation's highest ideals.

WE PURSUE THESE OBJECTIVES AS US LABOR AGAINST THE WAR (USLAW). U.S. Labor Against the War, P.O. Box 153, 1718 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 www.uslaboragainstwar.org

info@uslaboragainstwar.org

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Structure, Leadership & Finances of USLAW: http://www.uslaboragainstwar.org/resources/resource.php?id=328

U.S. Labor Against the War STRUCTURE, LEADERSHIP and FINANCES As Adopted by the National Labor Assembly for Peace

Since its founding, a significant number of labor organizations across the country have affiliated with or endorsed USLAW. In a growing number of areas, multiple organizations have joined USLAW and have begun to pull together local or regional groupings to coordinate activities and support one another's efforts to expand the antiwar base within the local labor movement and to undertake joint projects and programs.

At the founding meeting, beyond the creation of a Continuations Committee, USLAW did not establish a well defined structure - or establish the basis for a sound financial foundation - beyond soliciting donations from affiliating organizations. This proposal suggests the next step in organizational development, which moves us in the direction of a continuing organization within the labor movement for a new U.S. foreign policy and domestic priorities.

1. Member Organizations

The new organization will be a network of labor organizations that includes - local unions, labor councils, regional union bodies, ad hoc labor antiwar committees and caucuses within unions, national unions, AFL-CIO constituency group organizations, community-based worker organizations, and other allied groups. What they have in common is that they are organizations with a constituency and membership base that have taken a stand against the war, in defense of civil liberties, human and worker rights, social services and the public sector, and in opposition to militarism as reflected in the founding resolution of USLAW.

Organizational membership will be accomplished by a request made by an authorized officer or other representative of an organization affirming support for the organizations mission statement and principles as defined by this Assembly, or adoption of a similar position or resolution, and providing contact information for the person or persons who will serve as the organization's liaison to whom communications should be directed.

2. Recommended Financial Guidelines for Member Organizations

Affiliating local unions and other member-based labor organizations are requested (and expected) to make a financial contribution to support the organization and its objectives and program at the time of or shortly after affiliating, and annually (or more frequently) thereafter. The amount of the contribution will be dependent on the organization's size and resources but the following levels and ranges for contributions are suggested:

  • National unions and other labor organizations are expected to contribute $100 or more annually for every 10,000 members.
  • Intermediate labor bodies such as central labor councils, district councils and statewide or regional organizations are requested to contribute $250 or more annually if they represent fewer than 100,000 members, and $500 or more if they represent more than 100,000 members.
  • Local Unions having fewer than 100 members - from $50 to $250 or more annually;
  • Local Unions having from 100 to 500 members - from $250 to $500 or more annually;
  • Local Unions having from 501 to 2500 members - from $500 to $2,500 or more annually;
  • Local Unions having from 2,501 to 10,000 members - from $1,500 to $5,000 or more annually;
  • Local Unions having more than 10,000 members - from $5,000 to $10,000 or more annually.
  • Workers centers, ad hoc labor antiwar committees, union antiwar caucus formations, local units of allied organizations affiliated with the AFL-CIO or its affiliated constituency groups (such as CLUW, PAW, APALA,

LCLAA, CBTU, A. Philip Randolph, Jobs with Justice), and other forms of labor organizations are requested to contribute $100 or more annually. National levels of these allied organizations are requested to contribute $250 or more annually.

Organizations which do not fit into the above definitions, or those which face special conditions requiring that an exception be made should consult with the new organizations leadership and submit a proposal for consideration by the Steering Committee, or a sub-committee thereof assigned to address such situations.

3. Associate Members

While this will not primarily be an organization of individual members, we recognize there are a large number of workers in organizations where it is not yet possible to secure organizational affiliation. Wherever possible we encourage these individuals to establish committees and other formations to do the education and organizing needed to move their organization to affiliation. In the interim, we propose that the new organization should offer individuals an associatemembership.

Associate members will be admitted on the following conditions:

a) they accept and agree to the principles, mission statement and bylaws set forth and adopted by the Assembly and its subsequent leadership bodies;

b) they contribute an annual membership fee in an amount to be determined by the transitional Continuations Committee or eventual Leadership Council and/or Steering Committee.

c) they agree to work within their own union or other labor organization to win agreement for it to affiliate.

Associate members my serve on all program and other committees established to further the objectives of the new organization. At national assemblies, they will be invited to participate as at-large delegates with votes to be apportioned in a ratio of one (1) vote for every twenty-five (25) at-large delegates or in whatever ratio may be later determined by the incoming leadership bodies.

4. Chapters

Wherever possible, affiliated organizations operating in the same geographic area are encouraged to establish a chapter. Chapters should have a minimum of six recognized affiliated labor organizations whose leadership commits to meet regularly and to cooperate in organizing and promoting the new organizations activities and program, and to recruit other organizations to affiliate with it. Application for chapter status must be approved by the Steering Committee after applicants submit a request that includes information on all participating labor organizations and the joint activities they intend to undertake. Chapters with ten or more recognized affiliated labor organizations shall be entitled to send a representative to Steering Committee meetings.

5. Chapter Financial Assistance

Chartered chapters are encouraged to undertake their own fundraising and in most circumstances to fund their own activities. Chapters may request the national organization return a portion of the contributions made by their constituent organizations to underwrite the costs of programs that require more resources than they are able to raise or generate locally. Requests should be submitted to the Steering Committee, or a sub-committee assigned that responsibility, in conformity with guidelines that the Steering Committee will establish.

6. Leadership Council

The Leadership Council is the highest decision-making body of the organization between national assemblies. It shall be composed of one (1) representative from each affiliating organization in good standing. Representatives to serve on the Leadership Council should be designated by the affiliating organization within ninety (90) days following the close of this Assembly, or within thirty (30) days following affiliation, whichever is later. The Council shall be considered constituted ninety (90) days from the close of this Assembly with members from all organizations affiliated at that time and with additions as each new organization affiliates thereafter. The Co-convenors approved by this Assembly shall serve as ex officio members of the Leadership Council.

The Leadership Council shall be consulted on all significant policy and program decisions of the organization by letter, email, or telephone. It shall receive a semi-annual financial report reflecting all revenues and expenses. An in-person meeting may be called at the discretion of the Steering Committee (described below), or by a petition signed by sixty percent (60%) of affiliated organizations in good standing.

7. Steering Committee Membership

Within thirty (30) days following the establishment of the Leadership Council, members shall be nominated to serve on a Steering Committee, which shall oversee the work of the organization, implementation of its decisions, and the work of its staff and other personnel matters. Each affiliated organization in good standing shall be entitled to nominate its representative to the Leadership Council to serve on the Steering Committee, which shall be composed of the following number of members from the constituencies designated below:

  • National Unions and other Labor National Organizations shall each be entitled to one (1) seat
  • on the Steering Committee;
  • Regional/State Union & Labor Bodies shall be entitled to a maximum of three (3) seats;
  • Large Local Unions (with more than 10,000 members) shall each be entitled to one (1) seat;
  • Small Local Unions ( with fewer than 10,000 members) shall be entitled to a maximum of five (5) seats;
  • Central Labor Bodies shall be entitled to a maximum of five (5) seats;
  • Ad Hoc Labor Antiwar Committees shall be entitled to a maximum of three (3) seats;
  • Non-Union Labor Organizations (i.e., Worker Centers) shall be entitled to a maximum of three (3) seats;
  • Allied Labor Organizations (i.e., local affiliates of Jobs with Justice, PAW, CBTU, LCLAA, APALA,
  • Philip Randolph Institute) shall be entitled to a maximum of two (2) seats;
  • Each Task Force established by the organization shall be entitled to designate one representative
  • to the Steering Committee;
  • Local chapters sanctioned by the organization shall be entitled to a maximum of three (3) seats;
  • The Co-convenors designated by the Assembly shall serve as ex officio members of the Steering

Committee and any Executive Committee it may create.

If more nominations are received than there are places allotted for that organizations constituency group, a ballot shall be distributed to all affiliates in good standing within that constituency group to elect those who shall serve on its behalf.

Meeting Diversity Objectives: Once constituted, the Steering Committee may by a simple majority vote add additional members to its ranks to assure appropriately diverse representation - geographically, by industry sector, demographically and from among affiliated types of organizations (unions, regional and state bodies, CLCs, ad hoc committees, constituency group organizations, workers centers, etc.).

Steering Committee Executive: The Steering Committee may at its discretion establish an Executive Committee, hire staff and appoint regional and national spokespersons and/or organizers. The Steering Committee shall approve the organization's budget and oversee the work of its officers, staff and representatives. The Steering Committee may delegate specific responsibilities to its Executive Committee or sub-committees. However, the Steering Committee shall retain all authority for policy and significant financial decisions and shall serve as a board of review for all disputed personnel decisions.

Decision by Consensus: The organization at all levels will seek and endeavor to make its decisions by consensus. However, where a vote may be required and a request for a weighted ballot has been made, each representative shall be entitled to cast the number of votes to which it would be entitled under the rules used to determine delegate status at this Assembly.

Constitution & By-laws: The Steering Committee shall within the first year of its existence submit for its adoption to the Leadership Council the draft of a formal constitution and by-laws for the organization.

Transitional Leadership: Until such time as the Leadership Council and Steering Committee are constituted, the existing Continuations Committee shall serve as a transitional leadership body. The Co-convenors selected by the Assembly shall be ex officio voting members of both the Leadership Council and the Steering Committee.

8. Officers

This Assembly shall designate two or more Co-convenors who shall serve as the organization's principle spokepersons, one of whom shall also serve as the chief financial officer. Co-convenors shall be responsible for hiring and supervising staff, subject to review by the Steering Committee, and for seeing to the implementation of Steering Committee decisions. Co-convenors shall be ex officio members of all committees and task forces.

9. Financial Affairs

The chief financial officer shall prepare an annual budget to be adopted by the Steering Committee and shall make regular financial reports to the members of the Steering Committee, which shall make financial reports semi-annually to members of the Leadership Council.

The Steering Committee shall appoint a three-person Audit Committee from among the Leadership Council who are not members of the Steering Committee. The Audit Committee will have access to all USLAW financial records and will submit an audit report annually to the Steering Committee. The audit report shall be available to the membership.

10. National Assembly

At the call of the Steering Committee and/or Leadership Council, the organization will convene delegated national meetings of all its affiliates. Decisions made at national meetings shall guide the work of the organization between such meetings. No more than three years shall pass without a meeting of the National Assembly.

11. Affiliations

The Steering Committee may, at its discretion but subject to ratification by the Leadership Council, affiliate the organization with coalitions and other organizations whose mission, objectives and program are consistent with that of this organization.

12. Adoption

These proposals for structure and finance shall become effective upon adoption by a simple majority vote of this Assembly. The substance of these proposals for structure and finances, as amended and ratified by the Assembly, shall be incorporated into the by-laws of the organization. Adopted as amended on October 25, 2003

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Sample Resolution for Affiliation with USLAW: http://www.uslaboragainstwar.org/resources/resource.php?id=334

Model Resolution to Affiliate with USLAW (Suggested language, but a shorter and simpler one will do. Each organization will determine what kind of resolution they need.)

Whereas, Our nation faces a domestic calamity - unemployment, declining wages and benefits, deunionization of the workforce, reduced public services, crumbling health care and educational systems, cuts in veterans benefits, escalating public debt and decreased economic, social and personal security.

Whereas, Massive military spending, combined with tax cuts for the rich, is gutting the Federal budget.

Whereas, This crisis is a product of the Bush administrations policies (backed by a majority in Congress) of military intervention abroad and attacks on working peoplesrights at home.

Whereas, Only corporations and the wealthy have benefited.

Whereas, We cannot solve these economic and social problems without addressing U.S. foreign policy and its consequences.

Whereas, Bushs policy of Permanent War has been based on deception, lies and false promises to the American people.

Whereas, the war in Iraq has resulted in the death of thousands of Iraqis and hundreds of US soldiers and is costing our nations taxpayers tens of billions of dollars.

Whereas, The foreign policy of the Bush administration has weakened rather than strengthened security in the U.S., creating enemies around the world and alienating long-time allies.

Therefore Be it Resolved that {NAME OF ORGANIZATION } supports the principles in the Mission Statement adopted at the National Labor Assembly of October 25, 2003, namely:

A Just Foreign Policy based on International law and global justice that promotes genuine security and prosperity at home and abroad;

An End to U.S. Occupation of foreign countries;

The Redirecting of the Nations Resources from inflated military spending to meeting the needs of working families for health care, education, a clean environment, housing and a decent standard of living;

Supporting Our Troops and their families by bringing the troops home now, by not recklessly putting them in harms way, by providing adequate veteransbenefits and promoting domestic policies that prioritize the needs of working people who make up the bulk of the military;

Protecting Workers Rights, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties and the Rights of Immigrants by promoting democracy, not subverting it;

Solidarity with workers around the world who are struggling for their own labor and human rights, and with those in the U.S. who want US foreign and domestic policies to reflect our nations highest ideals.

Therefore Be it Further Resolved that {NAME OF LABOR ORGANIZATION } will affiliate and help actively support and promote U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW) to protect our members, their families, communities and jobs, and the lives and livelihoods of working people everywhere.

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Application for Individual Associate Membership in USLAW: http://www.uslaboragainstwar.org/resources/resource.php?id=330

INDIVIDUAL ASSOCIATE MEMBER APPLICATION

I want to help build labor's antiwar movement, and support the principles adopted in the Mission Statement in Chicago at the National Labor Assembly for Peace on October 25, 2003 for:

An Honorable Foreign Policy based on International law and global justice that promotes genuine security and prosperity at home and abroad, one that promotes the interests of working people, not those of corporations and politicians;

An End to U.S. Occupation of foreign countries;

The Redirecting of the Nations Resources from inflated military spending to meet the needs of working families for health care, education, housing and a decent standard of living;

Supporting Our Troops and their families by bringing the troops home now, by not recklessly putting them in harms way, by providing adequate veterans benefits and promoting domestic policies that prioritize the needs of working people who make up the bulk of the military;

Protecting Workers Rights, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties and the Rights of Immigrants by promoting democracy, not subverting it.

Solidarity with workers around the world who are struggling for their own labor and human rights, and with those in the U.S. who want US foreign and domestic policies to reflect our nations highest ideals.

Please Print Legibly First Name_____________________________ Last Name__________________________________

Organization Name_____________________________________________________ Local #______

Title/Position_______________________________________

My address ______________________________City_________________ State___ Zipcode_______

Day Phone (____)__________ Eve Phone (____)____________ Cell Phone/Pager (____)__________

Fax Phone (____)_______________ E-mail ________________________________________________

I am a __public sector __service sector __construction __manufacturing __transportation__communications/media __financial sector __unemployed __retired __other (specify)_________________ worker.

__My union/organization has taken an antiwar position.

__My union/organization has a peace/antiwar/international solidarity committee or program.

__I am trying to organize such a committee or program in my union/organization.

__I am a veteran or member of a family with a relative in the military.

I am interested in working with the following task forces:

__Vets and Military Families __War & the Economy Education

__Defending Social Programs and the Public Sector __Defending Immigrants and Communities of Color

__Defending Civil Liberties and Labor Rights in the U.S. __International Solidarity & Labor Rights in Iraq

__I want to help build labors antiwar movement in my local area __in my national union.

Enclosed is my annual membership fee in the amount of $25 ($10-15 low income & unemployed) payable to USLAW. Return application and fee to USLAW, P.O. Box 153, 1718 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036.

I want to make an additional financial contribution to support the work of USLAW in the amount of $_________.

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Credentials Report: http://www.uslaboragainstwar.org/images/AssemblyRegTally.Final.pdf

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These links will take you to speeches by Bill Fletcher and Joslyn Williams:

When does silence become complicity? When does ignorance become culpability? Keynote address by Bill Fletcher, President, TransAfrica Forum: http://www.uslaboragainstwar.org/news/news.php?news_id=2004

Why Is Labor Against the War? Speech by Joslyn Williams, President, DC Metro Labor Council: http://www.uslaboragainstwar.org/news/news.php?news_id=2005

U.S. Labor Against War (USLAW)
www.uslaboragainstwar.org

info@uslaboragainstwar.org

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Bob Muehlenkamp and Gene Bruskin, Co-convenors
Amy Newell, National Organizer
Michael Eisenscher, Organizer & Web Coordinator
Erin McGrath, Administrative Staff

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