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    :: Thursday, August 04, 2005 ::

    Scenes and Silver Linings from Labor's Crack-Up - by JoAnn Wypijewski, CounterPunch
    The resolution that was slated to make it to the floor called for withdrawal 'as soon as possible'. This angered the driving forces within institutional labor against the war, US Labor Against the War and Pride at Work, who argued that it was essentially the Bush position. After a flurry of organized interventions they got the final resolution to be introduced calling for American troops to be withdrawn 'rapidly'. It seemed a small thing, this semantic victory, until you consider the historic magnitude. From the floor, no one spoke against the resolution: not the building trades; not Tom Buffenbarger of the Machinists, who after 9/11 called for 'vengeance', not justice; not the American Federation of Teachers, which has typically held high the flame of intervention. Speaking for the resolution, Henry Nicholas, president of AFSCME's 1199P, told the story of his son, who has been deployed to Iraq four times already.

    'My son is a nervous wreck right now, but he's on the list to go back. We need to say that America's sons and daughters have to come home now', he said. And then concluded: 'In my 45 years in the labor movement, this is my proudest moment being a union member, because this is the first time we had the courage to stand up and say, Enough is enough.'
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