Trade Union Journey: September 2017

 

Tree of Life Trade Union Journey

August 31 to September 9, 2017
Optional Extension to Golan Heights Sept 9- Sept 11

John Fussell, a labor attorney and TOL Vice President and The Rev. David W. Good, Founder of Tree of Life Educational Fund will lead a labor delegation to the Palestinian West Bank.  

Palestinian worker at an early morning checkpoint

Palestinian worker at an early morning checkpoint

 
Trip background…

In 2013, the Connecticut AFL-CIO partnered with the Tree of Life Educational Fund to invite the Palestinian General Federation Trade Union (PGFTU) representative to address the 400 delegates of the Convention. Those who attended heard Mahmoud Abu Odeh describe the terrible conditions that Palestinian workers endure under the Israeli occupation. In 2015, the PGFTU invited Connecticut Labor leaders to visit Palestine and to meet with labor leaders and visit worksites to learn more about the condition of labor for Palestinians under occupation. That visit resulted in the submission and passage by the Connecticut AFL-CIO at its convention of the Resolution for a Just Peace. That Resolution was subsequently voided by the National AFL-CIO

The PGFTU has requested the solidarity of trade unionists throughout the world to assist in helping to bring a fair resolution to the ongoing Israel/Palestine tragedy. In that spirit, a second labor delegation will travel to Israel and Palestine to meet with both Israeli and Palestinian trade unionist in order to further the goals of international solidarity, peace and justice. The trip is planned over the labor day weekend leaving from JFK on August 31 and returning Saturday, September 9, 2017

For more information, please contact John Fussell — johnfussell@gmail.com, David W. Good – or Mary Tomassetti, Tree of Life Executive Director – mary@tolef.org

 

Taybeh's Nadim Khoury

Nadim Khoury, co-founder of Taybeh Brewery

 

 

 

 

 

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