One of the largest unions in the US, the United Auto workers have unanimously called for a ceasefire in Gaza.
The announcement was made on Friday December 1, 2023 on the 5th day of a hunger strike demonstration in front of the White House.
“I’m proud today to announce that the UAW international has joined the call for a ceasefire in Israel and Palestine,” Brandon Mancilla, UAW director, said at a press conference on the rainy day, which he also shared on social media.
He added, “From opposing fascism in WWII to mobilizing against apartheid South Africa and the Contra war, the UAW has consistently stood for justice across the globe. A labor movement that fights for social and economic justice for all workers must always stand against war and for peace.”
Mancilla further cited that they would proceed with “forming a divestment and transition working group to study the history of Israel and Palestine.”
“Our international executive board will also be forming a divestment and just transition working group to study the history of Israel and Palestine, our union’s economic ties to the conflict, and explore how we can have a just transition for US workers from war to peace.”
The UAW consists of 400,000 auto workers and 580,000 retirees, known to be the largest union in the US by far, to call for a ceasefire in Gaza.
Other high ranking unions such as the American Postal Workers Union have also demanded for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip following the aggression committed by the Israeli regime and killed over 15,000 Palestinians, mostly women and children.
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