Encourage Street Mobilization at National and State Conventions to Show Our Strength and Solidarity
Greater Seattle Area Local
WHEREAS, At previous APWU National Conventions the APWU has organized marches and rallies in support of our goals, including showing solidarity in support of fellow unions in their struggles, and
WHEREAS, In 2004, 2500 APWU convention delegates marched in downtown Los Angeles on behalf of local hotel workers mired in a contract dispute; and, in the 1990’s APWU convention delegates staged a dramatic rally in support of the culinary union at Las Vegas’ Frontier Hotel during the nation’s longest successful strike, and
WHEREAS, Mobilizing large numbers of people to express their collective opinion in the public streets is a powerful tactic, which has, for example, toppled regimes, compelled presidents to sign legislation, and forced arrogant corporations to yield, and
WHEREAS, The absence of a solidarity rally at the 2012 APWU National Convention was notable as a lost opportunity to show new delegates the power of a mobilized union, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the APWU shall resume the practice of using national conventions as an opportunity to rally our delegates in support of our beliefs, as defined in the Preamble of the APWU Constitution, including that “all members of labor have the right to economic, political and social justice”, and further be it
RESOLVED, That state conventions may also present the occasion for delegates to march in support of our goals, and planners of future state conventions are hereby urged to consider their opportunities to do so.