PITTSBURGH (9/13/2001) — Like all Americans, the members of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) are grieving over the mind-numbing and senseless loss of life caused by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. We share the sense of loss, the sense of violation. And we are angry.
But we are resolved not to yield to terror. An earlier generation of UE members would not be silenced by official inquisitors and we shall not be stopped by unseen murderers. As we continue to mourn, we will meet as scheduled from September 16 to 20 to conduct the business of this national union, in the highest expression of its democracy: our convention. Our intention to move forward in no way lessens our sorrow for those who are left behind.
However, the march and rally scheduled to take place Tuesday, September 18 at the Federal Building in Pittsburgh has been canceled. While we continue our opposition to the Free Trade Area of the Americas and the former U.S. Army School of the Americas, the protest would be the wrong gesture at the wrong time.