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Frank Rosen was a Chicago labor unionist and activist.

Non-Partisan Students League

In 1950 Frank Rosen served on the executive committee of the leftist Chicago University Non-Partisan Students League

Chicago Area Committee on Occupational Safety and Health

The Chicago Area Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (CACOSH) was founded in 1972 as a not-for-profit-organization of unions and health and legal professionals. The founders included Quentin Young, MD, Lou Pardo -IAM Tool & Die Makers; Peter Orris MD; and Frank Rosen –UE among others.

Young, Orris and Rosen all had some affiliation to the Communist Party USA.

CACOSH was the first COSH group in the country and provided the inspiration and model for the 18 groups now working in all parts of the nation.

In 1972, Quentin Young's Medical Committee for Human Rights (MCHR) sponsored a conference in conjunction with area unions and health professionals. CACOSH grew out of that conference, because local union members decided that they needed an organization, run by union members, that would give them ongoing help on job safety and health problems.

The CACOSH motto was “No one is going to solve our problems for us, we had to do it ourselves.” The health professionals in MCHR helped educate union members about what their jobs were doing to their health.

CACOSH grew from a handful of people in a few local and district unions to an organization of more than 50 locals from 20 different international unions. Thousands of workers have participated in CACOSH and benefited from the education and training they have provided, and have shared their skills and knowledge with each other[1].

Nat'l Conference for a drastic cutback in military spending

The Communist Party USA controlled Chicago Peace Council convened a "Nationall conference for a drastic cutback in military spending" in Chicaqo, April 5 & 6, 1975.

The purpose of the National Conference is to mount a national campaign and a vigorous program of action which will speak to the hundreds of thousands who were part of the inspiring resistance to the war in Indo- china. The people of the U.S. can and must turn this country around.

Speakers at the Conference included Congressman Abner Mikva, Robert Johnston (regional Director, UAW), Richard Criley (Exec. Dir. Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights), Norman Roth (Fres. Local 6, UAW), Fr. Gerard Grant S.J. (Loyola University); Ed Sadlowski (Regional Director, United Steel Workers Union) and Frank Rosen (Intl. V-P, U.E.)[2].

World Peace Council

In the late 1970s, the Information Centre of the Soviet front World Peace Council, Helsinki Finland, published a booklet naming members of the organization, worldwide.[3]

We publish in this booklet a list of members of the World Peace Council elected at the Council's Session in Warsaw in 1977.

U.S. members listed, included; Frank Rosen , Mid-West Distnct Director, United Electrical and Machine Workers' Union.

Committee in Support of Southern Africa

Committee in Support of Southern Africa was an anti-Apartheid group active in Chicago in the early 1980s.

Members of the committee iincluded[4];

Charles Hayes, Rep. Carol Moseley Braun, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Bob Simpson, Frank Rosen, Congressman Harold Washington, Harold Rogers, Rep. Monica Stewart, Jim Wright, Alderman Danny Davis, Alice Peurala, Lu Palmer, Milt Cohen, Timuel Black.

National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

At the 10th Anniversary Conference of National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, in Chicago, May 13-15 1983, held at McCormick Inn - Featured speakers included Frank Rosen[5]

1980s U.S. Peace Council leaders

The five U.S. Peace Council Co-Chairpersons[6] 1983-1985 were;

Labor Committee for the Re-election of Mayor Harold Washington

Near 50 trade unionist met over a weekend in early September 1986 to organize a Labor Committee for the Re-election of Mayor Harold Washington. Rep. Charles Hayes, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and an executive vice president of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists played a leading role in the gathering.

Other leading participants include;

Danny Davis Chicago mayoralty run

In 1990/1991, Danny Davis ran unsuccessfully in the primary for the Democratic Party nomination for the Chicago mayoralty against Jane Byrne and incumbent Richard M.Daley.

Because of his long involvement in "progressive" politics, Davis' campaign included groups such as Women for Davis, Labor for Davis, Clergy for Davis, Youth for Davis and committees representing Greeks, Koreans and Hispanics.

Labor for Davis was co-chaired by Frank Rosen, general vice president of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers, and Johnnie Jackson, president of the Chicago chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women.[8]

Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights

In 1992 Frank Rosen and Lois Rosen were members of the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights, a long time front for the Communist Party USA, then dominated by members of the newly formed Committees of Correspondence.[9]

Chicago New Party

Madeline Talbott of ACORN was one of the key early organizers of the Chicago New Party.

She wrote a progress report on August 12 1992 which detailed meetings with Joe Gardner, Jackie Grimshaw (Deputy City Treasurer), Jim Pena (Federation for Industrial Retention and Renewal), lawyer Paul Strauss, Frank Rosen (Labor Party Advocates), Connie Hall (IVI - IPO), Greg LeRoy and Lisa Oppenheim, (both Midwest Center for Labor Research). All were supportive.

She was also looking forward to meeting Ron Sable and Dan Swinney and reported that in May Dan Cantor held a New Party fund raising meeting in the Chicago home of Quentin Young, "with half a dozen good people present".[10]

Committees of Correspondence connection

In 1994 Frank and Lois Ann Rosen ,Chicago, were listed on a "Membership, Subscription and Mailing List" for the Chicago Committees of Correspondence, an offshoot of the Communist Party USA[11]

Paul Robeson 100th Birthday Committee

In 1998 Frank Rosen was listed as a volunteer and intern of Paul Robeson 100th Birthday Committee.[12]

Honoring Frank Wilkinson

Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights organized a "Celebration of the The Dynamic Life of Frank Wilkinson (1914-2006)" on Sunday October 29, 2006. Wilkinson had been a leader of the Communist Party USA, the New American Movement and Democratic Socialists of America[13].

Honoring Committee members included Frank Rosen .

Defending Dissent

As of Oct 3 2009 Frank Rosen was listed as a Board Member of Defending Dissent.[14]

Labor for Palestine

On December 14, 2009 Labor for Palestine released an "Open Letter from U.S. Trade Unionists to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: Boycott Apartheid Israel".

Signers of the letter included Frank Rosen, retired General Vice President of United Electrical Workers.[15]

References

  1. http://www.uic.edu/sph/glakes/pdfs/25thanniversary/25th_bklt_final.pdf
  2. The nationwide drive against law enforcement intelligence operations : hearing before the Subcommittee to Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act and Other Internal Security Laws of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, Ninety-fourth Congress, first session ..." page 179
  3. WORLD PEACE COUNCIL LIST OF MEMBERS 1977-1980, Information Centre of the World Peace Council Lönnrotinkatu 25 A 5 krs 00180 Helsinki 18 Finland
  4. CSSA supporters letter Sep. 4 1981
  5. NAARPR newsletter Mar 24 1983 p1
  6. USPC conference brochure Yale University November 8-10, 1985
  7. PWW Sep. 10 1986, page 2, "Unionists organize to re-elect Washington, by Marcia Davis
  8. Peoples Weekly World, Jan. 19, 1991, page 13
  9. CCDBR 1992 membership list
  10. Madeline Talbott, Chicago NP report August 12, 1992
  11. Chicago CoC "Membership, Subscription and Mailing List" 10.14.94
  12. http://www.cpsr.cs.uchicago.edu/robeson/links/chicago/ack_org6.html
  13. http://www.ccdbr.org/events/wilkinson/Wilkinson_Committee.html
  14. Dissent website: About
  15. http://www.iacenter.org/palestine/palestine_labor122209/