[Dear Brothers and Sisters, Against incredible odds, unions in South Africa keep growing.]

by Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid
Forest Park, Illinois, United States
August 26, 1989
1 page
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid mailing signed by Johnnie Jackson, President, Chicago Chapter, Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW); Jack Parton, Director, District 31, United Steelworkers of America (USWA); and Bill Stewart, Director, Region 4, United Auto Workers (UAW). The mailing says against incredible odds, unions in South Africa keep growing; they get slapped down, restricted and jailed; yet they are growing; the story of South African unions is an extraordinary one of courage, determination and solidarity. The mailing says he Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid is in part the result of the massive 1987 strike of South African mineworkers, whose solidarity was our inspiration for coming together; our purpose is to sand in solidarity with South African unions as they have built their unions and oppose apartheid. The mailing says solidarity is not, however, a one-way street; it goes two ways; we can learn as much from South African unions as they can learn from us. The mailing says the increasing ties between unions here and there sets an example for what can be done to prevent international corporations from dividing workers, moving plants from one place to another, taking jobs from high-income areas to places where they can exploit the workers. The mailing says international labor solidarity is critical if we are to successfully confront international corporations; there is nowhere better to increase labor solidarity than with South Africa where the issues are so very clear, the labor movement is string, and many of the corporations are the same as those in the U.S. The mailing says we now have available an education program for local unions with speakers (many are listed on this stationery), videos and written materials; we ask you to schedule a time during the coming year when we can address your local union members at a meeting or conference. The mailing says please contact Kathy Devine, the Network Coordinator, to make arrangements for a program at your union; we would appreciate the opportunity to inform your members about South African unions and the growing links between unions here and unions there which benefit us all.
Used by permission of a former member of the Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid.
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers