[Dear Brothers and Sisters of COSATU, We, the signers of this letter, are writing to inform you that today we have formed the Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid to support the efforts of South African workers …]

by Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid
Forest Park, Illinois, United States
November 23, 1987
3 pages
Type: Correspondence
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Language: English
Letter to Jay Naidoo, General Secretary, COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions). The letter says we, the signers of this letter, are writing to inform you that today we have formed the Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid to support the efforts of South African workers to win decent wages and working conditions and to dismantle the evil system of Apartheid in all its forms; we will begin by stepping up the boycott on Shell Oil, pressuring Botha to release trade unionists from jail, and supporting stronger sanctions against South Africa on the part of the U.S. Congress.; we commit ourselves to creating a communication network to get current information out to local unions about the struggles of South African workers, so that our brothers and sisters in Illinois can act more quickly to support South African trade unions as the need arises; it was perhaps the courageous strike of the mineworkers that inspired us to get ourselves better prepared to move so that we can act more quickly and with a louder voice in the future; we send our wishes of hope for your struggle for freedom and our admiration for your tremendous growth and labor solidarity. [Note: The handwritten list of signers and the unions and organizations is not clear but include SEIU (Service Employees International Union), IFPTE (International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers), CBTU (Coalition of Black Trade Unionists), USWA (United Steelworkers of America), the Chicago Labor Education Program, the UAW (United Auto Workers), the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU), AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU), and the Illinois Education Association (IEA). This is not a complete list.]
Used by permission of a former member of the Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid.
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers