To all USWA District 31 Local Union Presidents

by Jack Parton, United Steelworkers of America
East Chicago, Indiana, United States
February 3, 1988
Publisher: United Steelworkers of America
1 page
The mailing says the United Steelworkers of America (USW) international executive board has endorsed a drive by the AFL-CIO to win freedom for Moses Mayekiso and other South African trade union leaders. Mayekiso, the general secretory of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), was arrested in 1986 on trumped-up charges of "treason, sedition and subversion." The acts he was imprisoned for concerned community organizing, rent and consumer boycotts. Under South Africa's repressive judicial system, almost any steelworker could be arrested for similar acts. Concerned trade unionists from many unions in Illinois hove formed the Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid; the co-chairs are Jack Parton, USW District 31; Bill Stewart, UAW (United Auto Workers) Region 4 director; and Johnnie Jackson, Chicago CLUW (Coalition of Labor Union Women) Chapter president. The Labor Network plans a series of events to publicize the imprisonment of Mayekiso and intends to petition the South African Government demanding his release. Members of your local can help by signing the enclosed petition. Financial donation are also needed and will be turned over to the ILNAA at a public rally planned for March 18.
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers