By DON McINTOSH
As the death toll climbs in the Gaza Strip, more local and national unions in the United States have issued statements calling for a cease-fire.
A letter sponsored by United Auto Workers, United Electrical Workers, and Seattle-based UFCW Local 3000 calls on President Joe Biden and Congress to push for an immediate cease-fire, and for the release of hostages taken by Hamas. More than 50 local unions have signed the letter, including some in Oregon and Washington: PROTEC17, AFT-Oregon, AFT Local 6069 (Coalition of Graduate Employees at OSU), New Seasons Labor Union, Oregon Education Association, Portland Association of Teachers, and UNITE HERE Local 8.
Since Israel began an air and ground attack on the Gaza Strip in response to the Oct. 7 killing of 1,200 Israelis by Hamas, over 16,000 Palestinians have been killed, nearly all civilians, and mostly women and children.