THE ILLINOIS LABOR NETWORK, 1987-1993

by Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid
Forest Park, Illinois, United States
Undated, late 1993 or early 1994?
3 pages
Type: Report
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents: 1987 • 1988 • 1989 • 1990 • 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1988-1993 • The chronology says 1987 *Discussions took place with labor and anti-apartheid activists about the formation of a coalition similar to the NY Labor Committee Against Apartheid *UAW Region 4 leaders approached to sound out ideas and help kick it off *A founding meeting in November was very successful and many unions joined in a network. The chromoly says in 1988 *Jack Parton of USWA and Bill Stewart of UAW readily agreed to chair the Network *A Steering Committee formed by January; Johnnie Jackson of CLUW was also asked to chair the Network; other labor leaders were asked to co-chair; 35 union affiliates and CCISSA (Chicago Committee in Solidarity with Southern Africa) were asked to select representatives *With CCISSA, picketted the SA Ambassador's first visit to the Midwest at the Hotel Nikko *Held first media event to announce the Network's formation and its objectives *Collected approximately 8,000 petitions to free Moses Mayekiso and all political prisoners *Sponsored March 19 Sharpeville demonstration; labor leaders were arrested at SA Consulate *Action on American National Bank resulted in an agreement to vote a million shares of Shell stock as part of the Shell Boycott shareholders action *Protested SA crackdown on democratic opposition groups in conjunction with 3-day COSATU stayaway *Held a June 11 labor education conference with UMWA International Rep. Nomonde Ngubo *Mobilized for Soweto Day protest at the SA Consulate *Played key role in getting Illinois Democratic delegation behind the Comprehensive Sanctions Bill *With ACTWU, hosted Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union of South Africa leaders, September *Conducted several Shell Boycott actions and held Boycott Rally with UMWA President Richard Trumka, November *In 1988, had resolutions on South Africa adopted by State AFL-CIO, CFL, local unions; two by City Council. The chromoly says 1989 *Hosted Kola Mayekiso's visit to Chicago with UAW; protested Mayekiso's trial celebrated his release *Sponsored Soweto Day Rally for Sanctions in conjunction with the first Soweto Day Walkathon *Pushed for Responsible Disinvestment and targeting of Mobil and Goodyear Tire *When a new major Defiance Campaign began in SA in August, took several actions including picketing the Consulate on the whites-only election day in SA. The chronology says in 1990 *Held a labor rally at UAW Local 551, January *Held labor celebration at OCAW upon Nelson Mandela's release and joined CCISSA's celebration *Testified and supported formation of the Chicago/Alexandra Sister Community Project *Held Danville conference hosted by UAW to widen downstate support against apartheid *Sponsored Soweto Day Rally for Sanctions together with 2nd annual Soweto Day Walkathon; including SA Clothing & Textile Workers Union leaders *Facilitated Chicago's participation in the Nelson & Winnie Mandela U.S. freedom tour; sent reps to NY, Miami and DC; organized caravan to Detroit *Lobbied successfully for language and passage of stronger sanctions in Chicago City Council *Took several actions against Maremont Corp., whose subsidiary Gabriel Shock Absorbers fired 244 SA union members in a labor dispute, and against Ford Motor Co., for refusal to return workers' pension funds. The chronology says 1991 *Protested President Bush's unconscionable lifting of U.S. sanctions *Sponsored a series of events, May 9-June 19, in conjunction with visit of Mary Ntingane and Mzwanele Mayekiso of the Alexandra Sister Community Project; included CWA, UAW, USWA, CBTU, AFSCME, UE, INA, CCHHSA and various community organizations and churches in Chicago; and programs in Michigan, Indiana and Rockford, Springfield and Bloomington, Illinois *Co-sponsored tour of NEHAWU members Thami Skenjani and Khumbu Mtinjana, October 16-28 *Held Labor & South Africa Conference, November 19 *Participated in Soweto Day, SA "election day" and other actions. The chronology says 1992 *Held meetings with NACTU representative, February *Held educational program with Steering Committee and Nomonde Ngubo upon return from SA, February *Participated in meeting of labor committees in Philadelphia with ACOA, February *Played significant role at state IEA Convention, March *Participated in actions on "election day" in SA, on Soweto Day and to condemn apartheid's violence *During August COSATU stayaway, sent delegations to Congressional, County Board and City Council offices *Protested the visit of Chief Gatsha Buthelezi and the "coming out" of SA Consulate *Sponsored "Union Days At the Museum" with the DuSable Museum of African American History, September 18 & 19 *Participated in tour of ANC/FAWU rep. David Dlali during Presidential election campaign. The chronology says 1993 *Co-sponsored visit of Moses Mayekiso to Chicago, held labor breakfast in his honor and a UAW rally *Hosted Nelson Mandela in a fundraising rally, "Labor Welcomes Nelson Mandela to Chicago," July. The chronology says 1988-1993 * Conducted educational program with local unions; wrote and distributed many educational materials * Co-sponsored SA Women’s Day actions with Chicago CLUW * Met with SA visitors to Chicago * Secured publicity in labor and mass media, and on Labor Beat/Cable TV; distributed videos on SA * Collected protest letters from local union members to U.S. Senators and Reps., Presidents Bush and De Klerk * Added visibility to the anti-apartheid movement with banners, t-shirts, buttons, posters and other means * Participated in annual “Sing Out Against Apartheid” at SA Consulate in Martin Luther King’s birthday holiday. The document discusses CWA (Communication Workers of America), UAW (United Auto Workers), USWA (United Steelworkers of America), CBTU (Coalition of Black Trade Unionists), AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Workers), UE (United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America), CLUW (Coalition of Labor Union Women), ANC (African National Congress), ACOA (American Committee on Africa), CCHHSA (Cook County Hospital House Staff Association), INA (Illinois Nurses Association), South African Women’s Day, NACTU (National Council of Trade Unions), F.W. de Klerk, the New York Labor Committee Against Apartheid, OCAW (Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union), and SACTWU (Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union), USWA (United Steelworkers of America), CFL (Chicago Federation of Labor), ACTWU (Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union), COSATU (Coalition of South African Trade Unions), FAWU (Food and Allied Workers' Union), and the South African Consulate.
Used by permission of a former member of the Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid.
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers