BDS Harms Our Union
Our union is supposed to fight for better wages and working conditions, not take extreme positions on international politics in our name. By supporting BDS, our leaders hurt our union by squandering resources and targeting fellow UAW International workers, limit academic freedom by calling for a boycott of the Israeli academy, and violate UC employment policies by urging us to teach politics in the classroom.
Our union leaders have not taken a democratic or transparent approach in their advocacy for the BDS movement. They have quietly endorsed BDS activities before the vote, presented only pro-BDS perspectives to members while suppressing alternative perspectives, and ignored requests for basic information about the vote.
What is BDS?
The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement calls for the cutting of economic, academic, and cultural ties with Israel. The BDS movement rejects Israeli-Palestinian cooperative enterprise and dialogue, and by the admission of its own founders, aims to achieve the end of Israel.
There are several easy ways to take action against the BDS proposal, including joining the union and voting no and joining our mailing list to receive updates.
View letters and statements from Informed Grads, statements from the union leadership, and information about the BDS movement so that you can make an informed decision.