The following resolution was passed by the House of Delegates at its November 1, 2023 meeting.

Approval of solidarity letter request for United Electrical Workers labor

UFCW 3000; United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America; PNWSU 3000; San Antonio Alliance of Teachers & Support Personnel NEA/AFT Local 67; Restaurant Workers United; Unemployed Workers United

We, members of the American labor movement, mourn the loss of life in Israel and Palestine. We express our solidarity with all workers and our common desire for peace in Palestine and Israel, and we call on President Joe Biden and Congress to push for an immediate ceasefire and end to the siege of Gaza. We cannot bomb our way to peace. We also condemn any hate crimes against Muslims, Jews, or anyone else.

In issuing this call, U.S. unions are joining the efforts of 13 Congress members and others who are calling for an immediate ceasefire.

The basic rights of people must be restored. Water, fuel, food, and other humanitarian aid must be allowed into Gaza, power must be restored, and foreign nationals and Palestinians requiring medical care must be allowed out of Gaza.

The Israeli hostages taken by Hamas must be immediately released. Both Hamas and Israel must adhere to standards of international law and Geneva Convention rules of warfare concerning the welfare and security of civilians.

There must be a ceasefire in Gaza. The cycle of violence must stop so that negotiations for an enduring peace proceed.

The U.S. must act. We call on President Biden to immediately call for a ceasefire.

The road to justice cannot be paved by bombs and war. The road to peace cannot be found through warfare. We commit ourselves to work in solidarity with the Palestinian and Israeli peoples to achieve peace and justice.

Union members come from diverse backgrounds, including Jews, Muslims, and Middle Eastern communities. The rising escalation of war and arms sales doesn’t serve the interests of workers anywhere. In the end, we all want a place to call home and for our children to be safe. Working people around the world want and deserve to live free from the effects of violence, war and militarization.

Thousands of Americans have joined the groundswell of global solidarity demanding a ceasefire now.

It’s the labor movement’s turn to make our voices heard and demand a ceasefire. Together, we can stand for peace, justice, and a better future for working people everywhere.

Social Emotional Supports for members and students during world conflicts

BE IT RESOLVED

  • That we will develop and deliver professional development to help members understand the historic complexity and profound human impacts of this conflict.

  • That we will organize and facilitate affinity spaces to create, protect, and strengthen capacity for members to gather to share and process their experiences as members of impacted diasporas and communities.

  • That we will gather and share teaching resources, including standalone lessons, full unit plans, guidance for supporting students, and suggested further reading for school communities.

  • That we will gather, share, and support options and resources for supporting children and families impacted by conflict.

  • That we will work to fortify district guidelines for social emotional learning and trauma support for impacted students and families.

  • That we will seek and implement additional resources for conflict resolution, anti-bias, and anti-bigotry training in our union and our buildings.

  • Share and distribute resources to help students and school communities process the impact and trauma of violence at home and abroad

Some proposed resources