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January 30, 2003                                                         Contact: Lane Windham (202) 637-5018



Heads of British and American Labor Movements

Send Joint Letter on Iraq to President Bush and Prime Minister Blair
Letter Urges "A Resolution.That Preserves Peace and Security"


WASHINGTON, January 30 -- John Sweeney, President of the AFL-CIO -- representing 13 million American working men and women -- and John Monks, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress of Great Britain -- representing 7 million British working men and women -- sent a joint letter to President Bush and Prime Minister Blair today asking them to "take every possible step to achieve the legitimate ends of disarming Iraq without recourse to war."

            "We urge you to continue to pressure all concerned to find a resolution to this situation that preserves peace and security for our countries and across the world," says the letter that was sent today. "On behalf of our two labor movements, and on behalf of working people in both countries, we urge you to continue to lead the global fight against totalitarianism and terror through the United Nations to ensure that this fight is carried out by the broadest possible coalition, with the strongest international legitimacy." They assert the need for "a firm and broad consensus," particularly between the United States and the countries of the European Union.

            The leaders underscore the urgent need to counter terrorism, noting that the threat of terrorism is even greater today than it was on September 11, 2001. Their letter points out that an attack on Iraq, taken without broad international support, will be used by "those who seek to destroy our way of life" to "rally opinion against us and win new recruits to their terror."

            Sweeney and Monks state that they share "the very strong concerns that Iraq has not fulfilled its responsibility to the world community to rid itself of weapons of mass destruction," and that they "fully support putting maximum pressure on Iraq to do so." They also say that "working through the UN Security Council to force a renewal of the inspection process and to demand that these inspections resolve this issue has been the right course."

They also point out that working people and their families have always born the burden of war, and will continue to do so if war is waged on Iraq.

            In October, Sweeney sent a letter to Congress urging an international coalition approach to the Iraq situation.

            For the full text of the letter after 7 p.m. EST on January 30, go to www.aflcio.org/iraq. Before 7 p.m., contact the AFL-CIO at (202) 637-5018.


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<DIV><FONT face=Arial><FONT face="Times New Roman">January 30,
2003                                                        
Contact: Lane Windham (202) 637-5018<BR><BR> <BR><BR>Heads of British and
American Labor Movements<BR><BR>Send Joint Letter on Iraq to President Bush and
Prime Minister Blair<BR>Letter Urges "A Resolution.That Preserves Peace and
Security"<BR> <BR><BR>WASHINGTON, January 30 --  John Sweeney,
President of the AFL-CIO --  representing 13 million American working men
and women -- and John Monks, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress of
Great Britain -- representing 7 million British working men and women -- 
sent a joint letter to President Bush and Prime Minister Blair today asking them
to "take every possible step to achieve the legitimate ends of disarming Iraq
without recourse to war." 
<BR><BR>            "We
urge you to continue to pressure all concerned to find a resolution to this
situation that preserves peace and security for our countries and across the
world," says the letter that was sent today.  "On behalf of our two labor
movements, and on behalf of working people in both countries, we urge you to
continue to lead the global fight against totalitarianism and terror through the
United Nations to ensure that this fight is carried out by the broadest possible
coalition, with the strongest international legitimacy."  They assert the
need for "a firm and broad consensus," particularly between the United States
and the countries of the European Union. 
<BR><BR>            The
leaders underscore the urgent need to counter terrorism, noting that the threat
of terrorism is even greater today than it was on September 11, 2001. 
Their letter points out that an attack on Iraq, taken without broad
international support, will be used by "those who seek to destroy our way of
life" to "rally opinion against us and win new recruits to their
terror."<BR><BR>           
Sweeney and Monks state that they share "the very strong concerns that Iraq has
not fulfilled its responsibility to the world community to rid itself of weapons
of mass destruction," and that they "fully support putting maximum pressure on
Iraq to do so."  They also say that "working through the UN Security
Council to force a renewal of the inspection process and to demand that these
inspections resolve this issue has been the right course." <BR><BR>They also
point out that working people and their families have always born the burden of
war, and will continue to do so if war is waged on Iraq. 
<BR><BR>            In
October, Sweeney sent a letter to Congress urging an international coalition
approach to the Iraq situation. 
<BR><BR>            For
the full text of the letter after 7 p.m. EST on January 30, go to </FONT><A
href="http://www.aflcio.org/iraq"><FONT
face="Times New Roman">www.aflcio.org/iraq</FONT></A><FONT
face="Times New Roman">.  Before 7 p.m., contact the AFL-CIO at (202)
637-5018.  </FONT><BR></FONT></DIV>
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Khanna, Director<BR>voices from the global village<BR>1world communication<BR>P.
O. Box 2476<BR>Amherst, MA 01004<BR>phone: 413-253-1960<BR>cell:
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