Labor Rise Joins US Labor Movement Call for Ceasefire in Israel and Palestine

Labor Rise Climate Jobs Action Group has signed on to a US Labor ceasefire call initiated by the United Electrical Workers (UE) and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 3000, the largest union local in Washington State. Scores of unions and thousands of individual workers have signed on.

Unions and individuals can add their names to the growing list calling for a ceasefire, respect for international law by all parties, and restoration of basic human rights in Gaza by clicking here to sign on.

The call reads as follows:

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 Congressmembers 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.

Signed by:

UFCW 3000  •  UE (United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America)  •  AFSCME Local 1215  •  AVP Unites OPEIU Local 153 AFL-CIO  •  American Federation of Teachers – Oregon  •  Boston Teachers Union  •  Coalition of Graduate Employees AFT local 6069  •  Coalition of Labor Union Women  •  Communications Workers of America Local 7250  •  Chicago Teachers Union  •  Democratic Socialists of America Union  •  Faculty Staff Union, University of Massachusetts (Boston)  •  GEU-UAW, Local 6950, Univ. of CT  •  Graduate Employees’ Organizing Committee, AFT Local 6123, Wayne State Univ.  •  IBEW Local 520  •  Industrial Workers of the World  •  Industrial Workers of the World Mid-Valley Branch  •  Industrial Workers of the World, NYC General Membership Branch  •  International Union of Painters & Allied Trades, District 35  •  Labor Express Radio  •  Malden Education Association  •  Massachusetts Teachers Association  •  Melrose Education Association  •  NJ State Industrial Union Council  •  New Seasons Labor Union  •  Oregon Education Association  •  Pacific Media Workers Guild, CWA Local 39521  •  Portland Association of Teachers  •  Pride at Work/Eastern Massachusetts  •  PNWSU 3000  •  Restaurant Workers United  •  SEIU-United Service Workers West (USWW)  •  San Antonio Alliance of Teachers & Support Personnel NEA/AFT Local 67  •  Saint Paul Federation of Educators, Local 28  •  Tacoma Education Association  •  UAW Region 6  •  UAW Region 9A  •  UFCW Local 1459  •  UAW Local 2865  •  UNITE HERE Local 8  •  USW Local 9544  •  Unemployed Workers United  •  United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 36  •  Western Massachusetts Area Labor Federation (AFL-CIO) •

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