Latest from the blogMar 27, 2023
- STATEMENT FROM US UNION LEADERS - WE SUPPORT THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY IN ISRAELFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 27, 2023 RWDSU & JLC Contact: Chelsea Connor | [email protected] | 347-866-6259 AFT Contact: Oriana Korin | [email protected] | 202-374-6103 - STATEMENT FROM US UNION LEADERS - WE SUPPORT THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY IN ISRAEL Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) and President of the Jewish Labor Committee, and Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) made the following statement today: “We strongly back the General Strike called by the Israeli trade union movement Histadrut and by the Israeli universities in defense of democracy in Israel. We stand ready to support our trade union allies in Israel in any way we can–and all those who are fighting for democracy there—to ensure an independent judiciary and human and civil rights for all. “It’s heartening that the Histadrut, an institution that has sustained the Israeli people and the Israeli economy since the country’s founding, made the decision it did. We commend Histadrut President Arnon Bar-David for his statements and his action. All trade unionists know that it is nothing but an illusion that unions can cooperate with an autocratic government while retaining their independent power. This hasn’t happened anywhere in the world. “Similarly, education and learning can only thrive in a free environment. Israel boasts some of the leading institutions of higher education in the world, but without democracy, these universities will wither. We applaud the leadership shown by the university presidents whose aim is to ensure that the pursuit of knowledge will be shielded by the pursuit of democracy. “The leaders of the protests against the judicial coup have kept the promise of democracy alive for 12 plus weeks. Hailing from civil society along with individuals who have broken their normal routines to put all their energy into this struggle, their stamina and determination have been something to behold. Their commitment and their leadership are inspirations not only for the Israeli people, but for everyone around the world who cares about –and cherishes—democracy. “For both of us, this struggle in Israel is also very personal. We have stood by and in Israel during times of war, and with hopes for peace. Now, with Israel in a war for democracy, we are locking arms with the people of Israel once again.” # # # The Jewish Labor Committee, an independent secular nonprofit organization, is the voice of the Jewish community in the labor movement and the voice of the labor movement in the Jewish community. Whether through its national office in New York or local offices and lay-led groups across the United States, the JLC enables the Jewish community and the trade union movement to work together on important issues of shared interest and concern, in pursuit of our shared commitment to economic and social justice. http://www.jewishlabor.org/ The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) represents 100,000 members throughout the United States. The RWDSU is affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). For more information, please visit our website at www.rwdsu.org, Facebook:/RWDSU.UFCW Twitter:@RWDSU. The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.Continue readingMar 13, 2023
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