STATEMENT BY UNITED STEELWORKERS OF AMERICA DISTRICT 31 DIRECTOR JACK PARTON

by Jack Parton, United Steelworkers of America
Forest Park, Illinois, United States
February 15, 1988
3 pages

In a statement at a press conference, Jack Parton of District 31of the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) says the USWA is proud to be among the founders of the Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid (ILNAA). Parson is co-chair of ILNAA, with UAW Region 4 Director Bill Stewart and Chicago CLUW Chapter President Johnnie Jackson. ILNAA’s goals are to inform trade unionists and residents of Illinois about the Moses Mayekiso case and to help win his freedom. Parson points out that a press conference like this would be banned in South Africa and we'd all be subject to arrest and imprisonment. Parson says South Africa must be brought to account for the denial of basic human rights to its 25 million black citizens, and we intend to let the Reagan Administration and the nation know that enough is enough. The statement mentions COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions), the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), the State of Emergency, rent and consumer boycotts, paramilitary forces, and the AFL-CIO.

Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers