On May 12, the San Francisco (California) Labor Council (SFLC), which represents 150 labor unions and 100,000 members, unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Obama Administration to use diplomacy with Russia and Ukraine to settle the crisis there, and for the U.S. to “stop all military aid to the new Ukrainian government.” The resolution denounces the fact that the U.S. has used tax money in a “covert campaign” done in collusion with other Western powers to “topple” a democratically elected government. It also denounces the “fascist-minded element” of the Ukrainian government that was put in power by the U.S.-Western funded putsch.
The SFLC is the local body of the AFL-CIO and was chartered in 1893. The resolution states:
Full Text of Resolution
“Whereas, the Western Powers have historically attempted encirclement and the weakening of Russia by incorporating Eastern European countries into NATO; and
“Whereas, intervention by Western powers and threats of war are contrary to the interests of the Ukrainian, Russian, and American people and undermine peace and stability in the region; and
“Whereas, the new Ukrainian government, backed by the United States and European powers, has a fascist-minded element that threatens much of the population, and recalls racist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic views that go against our fundamental values, and
“Whereas, fascist movements historically have sought to destroy the organized labor movement; and
“Whereas, the region is now a tinder box easily ignited; and
“Whereas, war in Europe will have horrific consequences to the world economy, to the human race and the planet; and
“Whereas, a peace oriented, productive economy serves not only the needs of all faculty and students, union members and all workers, but also all strata of society except war-profiteers and the super-rich,
“Therefore be it Resolved the San Francisco Labor Councilges the U.S. government to use diplomacy with Russia and Ukraine to work out a peaceful resolution of the brewing conflict, one that respects the sovereignty, democratic right to self-determination, and security of all the peoples of Eastern Europe, and
“Be it Further Resolved that the San Francisco Labor Council urge the U.S. government to stop all military aid to the new Ukraine government, and
“Be it Finally Resolved that the San Francisco Labor Council will send copies of this resolution to Bay Area Congressional Representatives, Senators Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, John McCain and Mitch McConnell, Secretary of State John Kerry, President Barack Obama, and the AFL-CIO.”
Submitted by Allan Fisher, AFT 2121, and adopted unanimously by the San Francisco Labor Council on May 12, 2014.
Respectfully, Tim Paulson Executive Director OPEIU 3 AFL-CIO 11.