Brandon Mancilla, Director for United Auto Workers Region 9A outside of the White House gates at a press conference on the morning of December 1
By Global News Service
The United Auto Workers (UAW), one of the largest unions in North America, added its voice to the global call for a ceasefire in Gaza. The announcement was made hours after Israel resumed its attacks on the Gaza Strip following a seven-day pause.
On December 1, Brandon Mancilla, Director for United Auto Workers Region 9A, wrote on X that the UAW is calling for a ceasefire in Israel and Palestine and is creating “a Divestment and Just Transition working group to study the history of Israel and Palestine, our union’s economic ties to the conflict, and explore how we can have a just transition for U.S. workers from war to peace.”
UAW President Shawn Fain stated shortly afterward, “I am proud that the UAW International Union is calling for a ceasefire in Israel and Palestine. From opposing fascism in WWII to mobilizing against apartheid South Africa and the CONTRA war, the UAW has consistently stood for justice across the globe.”
Speaking outside of the White House gates at a press conference on the morning of December 1, where a group of activists has been on a hunger strike since November 27 for a permanent ceasefire, Brandon Mancilla said, “For so long we’ve been silent and we’ve been ignorant in the labor movement to this issue.”
“That time is over,” he said. “I wanna thank all the rank-and-file members who have made this happen.”