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Indybay FeatureRelated Categories: California | San Francisco | U.S. | Anti-War | Labor & Workers
25,000 Dockworkers Shut Down West Coast Ports in Historic Anti-War Protest
Friday, May 2, 2008 :In the largest labor strike since the invasion of Iraq, ports along the West Coast ? all 29 of them - were shut down as some 25,000 dock workers went on a one-day strike to protest the war. We speak to Jack Heyman of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
People across the country participated in events Thursday to mark May Day. In the largest labor strike since the invasion of Iraq, ports along the West Coast – all 29 of them–were shut down as some 25,000 dock workers went on a one-day strike to protest the war. Several other smaller anti-war, labor, and impeachment actions also took place in other parts of the country. Meanwhile tens of thousands marched in defence of immigrant labor rights in several cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Milwaukee, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Houston, Seattle, and here in San Diego.
We turn now to the dockworkers strike where workers from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union brought port operations to a halt from Long Beach to Seattle in defiance of their employers and arbitrators.
We’re joined on the phone from San Francisco by Jack Heyman, an officer from the International.
Jack Heyman, Officer of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.