The International Longshore and Warehouse Workers need our support in their efforts.

In a major step for the U.S. labor movement, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has announced that it will shut down West Coast ports on May 1, to demand an immediate end to the war and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan and the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Middle East. In a February 22 letter to AFL-CIO president John Sweeney, ILWU International president Robert McEllrath reported that at a recent coast-wide union meeting, “One of the resolutions adopted by caucus delegates called on longshore workers to stop work during the day shift on May 1, 2008 to express their opposition to the war in Iraq.”

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3 thoughts on “ILWU-Heroes

  1. Cool, JP.

    Is there anything that we can do to support this effort, other than just saying we support it?

    I don’t know how this sort of thing works.

  2. Yup, Zoo. We need to write our Congresscritters and tell them the Federal government needs to stay out of it. Write to the editorial pages in your local newspapers. The public needs to be informed about how striking is uniquely American (corporations have been successful in painting the unions as the bad guys…amazing what people will swallow as their wages decline). Of course, some of the rhetoric in this particular article is unhelpful. It is clearly a very left wing article. Avoid words like “socialist revolution” 🙂

  3. Yeah, I wondered about that. “Socialist” anything doesn’t go down well around these parts. 😉

    Thanks, JP.

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