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Oakland Port Truckers and the 99% Maintain Roaming Blockade of the Oakland Port
by Ryan Rising
Wednesday Nov 27th, 2013 7:46 AM
Oakland Port Truckers and their allies in the 99% maintain a roaming blockade to shut down the Oakland Port despite Oakland Police Department repeatedly moving the picket line with force.

On the morning of Wednesday, November 27, 2013, the Oakland Port Truckers held a strike and picket line to shut down the Port of Oakland. The Oakland Police Department, in numbers more than 50 armed with guns and clutching batons, moved a standard picket line out of a series of roads connecting the port to the city streets. Acting as the armed force of the corporate power structure, the Oakland Police pushed and shoved each picket line that was formed by workers again and again to allow the trucks of corporations of the likes of COSCO and EVERGREEN to travel in and out of the port.

The truckers and their allies moved around the police to a new piece of the roadway time and time again to block the movement of business as usual, bravely defying the Oakland Police Department and slowing the movement of the Oakland Port's business.

Oakland Port Truckers were disappointed by Longshoremen and other union workers who they believed had previously stated would stand in solidarity with them. One longshoremen accused the truckers of being "occupiers," and having "no right to be here." Some saw this as the classic strategy of those in power to pit the people against each other, worker against worker.

The truckers are still picketing, moving to new pieces of the roadway and are calling for their allies to come out in solidarity. (Written at 7:38am)
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by Ryan Rising Wednesday Nov 27th, 2013 7:46 AM

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by Ryan Rising Wednesday Nov 27th, 2013 7:46 AM

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by Ryan Rising Wednesday Nov 27th, 2013 7:46 AM

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by Ryan Rising Wednesday Nov 27th, 2013 7:46 AM

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by Ryan Rising Wednesday Nov 27th, 2013 7:46 AM

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by Ryan Rising Wednesday Nov 27th, 2013 7:46 AM

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by Ryan Rising Wednesday Nov 27th, 2013 7:46 AM

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by Ryan Rising Wednesday Nov 27th, 2013 7:46 AM

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by Ryan Rising Wednesday Nov 27th, 2013 7:46 AM


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by Stan
Wednesday Nov 27th, 2013 10:40 AM
Despite what some said Today ILWU 10 ( Longshore ) did vote on Nov. 21 73 for 39 against to support all Port Truckers (POTA ) picket lines . This motion was raised after a delegation of appox. 30 Port Of Oakland Truckers Assoc. members attended the meeting and asked for Local 10's support .
Many supported that sentiment but sadly many opposed it . But when the debate was over a clear majority did vote to back the Ill treated, super exploited truckers.
by Workers Revolutionf
Wednesday Nov 27th, 2013 1:51 PM
We must not forget that it is the responsibility of the leadership of Local 10, who were at the meeting where the vote to support the OPTA was made, to be out in front on the docks to direct the ranks to take a 'holiday." Such action would go against the wishes of the International leadership which resides in the antechambers of Mayor Quan and the State and National Democratic Party to do their bidding which, as we all know, is the bosses bidding. In this age, while capitalism decays before our eyes with all attendent horrors, without a revolutionary consciousness and leadership the trade unions are nothing more then adjuncts to the capitalist State