The following is the text of the speech presented to the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois at hearing held on Thursday, November 16, 1978
by Harold Miller
Urbana, Illinois, United States
Week of November 20, 1978
Twin Cities Federation of Labor
The speech says last week the Twin Cities Federation of Labor voted to urge the University of Illinois to divest itself from stocks in corporations doing business in South Africa. Black workers in South Africa are not allowed to firm effective unions. The AFL-CIO Executive Council has endorsed the following action: "U.S. corporations should immediately divest themselves of South African affiliates, and sever all ties with South African corporations." District Council 31 of the Steel Workers Union and District 1199 of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees votes to endorse the divestment campaign. Last year the Twin Cities Federation of Labor sent a letter to the Board of Trustees asking them to vote to adopt a policy of voting in favor of corporate withdrawal from South Africa. That policy was adopted, and the University has been voting for stockholder resolutions to withdraw from South Africa. Since then, it has become obvious that stronger measures are needed. [Note: It is not known if this document was published by the Champaign-Urbana Coalition Against Apartheid or the Twin Cities Federation of Labor.]
Used by permission of former members of the Champaign-Urbana Coalition Against Apartheid.
Collection: Dean McHenry, Jr. Southern Africa Collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections