Labor Union Sends Anti-War Message to Washington's 'Power Elite'

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:30 PM EDT

( - Three more U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq Tuesday -- victims of a roadside bomb, press reports said.

In an effort to remind Americans about the death toll in Iraq -- which now stands at 1,079 since March of 2003 -- a labor union plans to display a daily tally of the U.S. troops killed and wounded there.

The United Food and Commercial Workers on Wednesday was unveiling a banner at the corner of 18th and K Streets in downtown Washington, D.C., to "honor the sacrifice of the sons and daughters of working America serving in Iraq."

The banner will hang above what the UFCW calls "prime real estate" - where D.C.'s "power elite" will see it every day.

"The banner is the only public display in Washington, D.C., to confront elected officials and power brokers with the daily human sacrifice from our men and women in uniform," the UFCW said in a press release.

"It seeks to remind commuters, tourists and passersby of the heartbreaking losses of loved ones and the challenges faced by the wounded for thousands of families across the country."

The union said its "memorial banner" will remain on public display indefinitely.

The 1.4 million-member UFCW describes itself as the nation's largest private-sector union whose members work in the retail, meatpacking, food processing, manufacturing, health care, public service, chemical, distillery, garment and textile industries.

The union has endorsed Sen. John F. Kerry for president.

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