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Alan Maki

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Friday, January 9, 2009

Why hasn't the AFL-CIO opposed the Israeli carnage of Palestinian people in Gaza?

-----Original Message-----

From: Alan Maki [mailto:amaki000@centurytel.net]

Sent: Friday, January 09, 2009 3:29 PM

To: 'jscannel@aflcio.org'

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Subject: Re: Our phone conversation regarding the situation in Gaza

Josh Scannell, Media Relations, AFL-CIO,

This is to confirm our phone conversation at about 3 p.m.Central Time on January 9, 2009 concerning Gaza.

I called the main National AFL-CIO phone number (202-637-500) asking to find out if the AFL-CIO has taken a position on the Israeli carnage of Palestinians in Gaza.

I was transferred to you.

You told me that if the AFL-CIO had taken a position you would have been informed; since you were not informed you concluded, therefore, the AFL-CIO has taken no position regarding the situation in Gaza.

You further said that this situation in Gaza was not something the AFL-CIO would take a position on usually because what is happening does not affect members of the AFL-CIO… please correct me if I am misstating what you told me.

I called to your attention that unions all over the world are taking a position on this issue; including the Canadian Labour Congress and the International Trade Union Confederation.

At present I am not a member of any union affiliated with the AFL-CIO but I have been in the past.

As I explained to you, it is mainly working people and their children and families suffering and dying in Gaza at the hands of these Israeli butchers.

As I pointed out to you, it becomes very hard to convince those who are not members of the AFL-CIO to support initiatives of the AFL-CIO when the AFL-CIO shows no concern or consideration for others in such matters.

Further, members of the AFL-CIO have a direct concern in this issue as their tax-dollars, too, are being used to fund this Israeli carnage of the Palestinian people in Gaza.

Also, you must be aware that many members of AFL-CIO affiliated unions have family, relatives and friends living in Gaza and areas of Israel affected by this violence.

I do find it appalling that the AFL-CIO has delayed so long in considering this issue… certainly I am not the first person to make such an inquiry.

You said that you would pass my concerns along to the appropriate person/s and someone would contact me.

Please feel free to check out my blog on this issue:


Thank you.

Alan L. Maki
Director of Organizing,
Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council

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E-mail: amaki000@centurytel.net

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Cc: Maggie Bird, President, Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council