To: Terry O'Sullivan, President, Laborers' International; Sean McGarvey, President, North America's Building Trades Unions; Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO

Unions, refuse to build Trump's wall.

Unions, refuse to build Trump's wall.

We, champions of working people, urge leaders and members of North America's Building Trades Unions, Laborers' International, and all labor organizations to refuse to build or design Trump’s 2,000-mile Wall of Hatred on the border between the United States and Mexico.

We ask that unions, which historically fought for the 8-hour day, a sustainable wage, health care and workplace protection, boycott these labor contracts because the wall -- estimated to cost taxpayers 15-40 billion dollars -- will result in pain and suffering for families separated through birth, marriage, and work; undermine diplomacy and trade between US and Mexico; engender ill will between nations and peoples.

Why is this important?

While we, petitioners, understand a desire to make a living, we also recognize that to use one’s skills to advance racism and xenophobia is to rob workers of their great potential to advance social justice and to continue their legacy of fighting for human rights. Rather than spending billions to construct an unnecessary wall when barriers already exist, we should be investing taxpayer dollars to hire union workers for much-needed infrastructure projects that strengthen our communities: water and sewer pipes; roads; bridges; transit systems.

We ask that all unions and their umbrella organizations instruct their members to boycott work on the wall and to, instead, embrace the racial and cultural diversity of America.


Reasons for signing

  • Building a wall is insane. The money should be put into education, infrastructure, etc. And how about some diplomacy instead of bullying?
  • Any un-American wall that is put up without my permission & using my tax dollars will be violently torn down.
  • Unions stand up for what is right and legal - they should not just 'go along' with things they know are wrong.

Updates

2017-01-31 18:53:00 -0500

10,000 signatures reached

2017-01-31 12:41:08 -0500

5,000 signatures reached

2017-01-31 11:22:56 -0500

1,000 signatures reached

2017-01-30 20:01:26 -0500

500 signatures reached

2017-01-27 21:48:04 -0500

100 signatures reached

2017-01-27 13:47:28 -0500

50 signatures reached

2017-01-27 10:57:55 -0500

25 signatures reached

2017-01-27 09:09:23 -0500

10 signatures reached