"The Barking Dog" issue #51, dated March 10, 2003, put out by Caroline Lund,
a member of UAW Local 2244 at the NUMMI plant in Fremont, CA
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War and the UAW
MILLIONS OF AVERAGE people throughout the world have marched against
Bush¹s war on Iraq, but our union still takes no position.
The UAW opposed the Vietnam War, but not until May of 1970, when UAW
President Walter Reuther sent a telegram to President Nixon saying the
"On behalf of the UAW I wish to convey to you our deep concern and
distress. . . . Your decision to invade the territory of Cambodia can only
increase the enormity of the tragedy in which our nation is already deeply
and unfortunately involved in that region. . . . However this dangerous
adventure turns out militarily, America has already suffered a moral defeat
beyond measure among the people of the world. . . . At no time in the
history of our free society have so many troops been sent to so many
campuses to suppress the voice of protest by so many young Americans. . . ."
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I called the UAW International headquarters in Detroit to ask whether our
union had taken a stand on Bush¹s war. A staff rep told me the union has no
However, he said UAW secretary-treasurer Elizabeth Bunn spoke at the
Detroit antiwar rally on Feb. 15, and that many locals have come out against
the war: Local 600 (Ford), Local 909 (GM), Local 1700 (Daimler-Chrysler),
Local 1981 (Writers Union), and Region 9A.
Hopefully we will not have to wait till the end of the war for the UAW to
take a position.