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SF Labor Council Condemn Use of U.S. Military to Escort Scab Grain Ship in Longview WA

SF Labor Council Condemn Use of U.S. Military to Escort Scab Grain Ship in Longview WA

Coast Guard escort of empty SSA ship from the mouth of the Columbia River to the Port of Longview’s docks: It was reported that this is the first time since the 1970’s that armed forces are being brought out against workers during a labor dispute, and this is a terrible breach of our civil liberties. Dave suggested we contact ACLU for support. In the 1970’s President Nixon brought out the National Guard against the postal workers during a strike. But now, after 9/11 the Coast Guard was reorganized under the Navy as part of Homeland Security, the US Government will use a branch of the military, the Coast Guard, to protect a private corporation against US citizens fighting for their labor rights. U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell may be supporting the use of the Coast Guard against the ILWU.

Longshoremen to shut down ports

Wow! It looks like it really is going to happen. ILWU plans to protest the Iraq war by holding an eight hour strike on May 1. Their stance comes at a price, threatening future contract negotiations but they will do it nonetheless… This decision came after an impassioned debate where the union’s Vietnam veterans turned […]