top
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Wed Apr 27 2011
Rally Defends ILWU's Right to Close Bay Area Ports
Wed Apr 27 2011
Supporters Defend “The Most Militant and Progressive Union in the Country" Against Lawsuit
Supporters of International Longshore & Warehouse Union, Local 10 (S. F. Bay Area) rallied in downtown San Francisco on April 25th. At issue was the union's right to close the ports of Oakland, San Francisco, and other ports in the S. F. Bay Area. ILWU Local 10 closed the ports of San Francisco and Oakland for twenty-four hours on April 4th, as part of a national day of action for solidarity with workers in Wisconsin, Ohio, and other states. The employers association at the ports, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), has filed a lawsuit against Local 10 for the April 4th port closures. The PMA's suit seeks to prevent such future solidarity closures by the union.

Thousands of rallies and marches took place across the U. S. on April 4th, as part of the We Are One day of labor solidarity. Of all the actions taken by unions across the country, it was only Local 10 which chose to shut down the means of production. Speaker after speaker at the April 25th rally praised Local 10 as, “...the conscience of the U.S. labor movement,” “...the most militant and progressive union in the country,” “...a moral compass,” “...the heart and soul of the labor movement,” and said that they stood behind Local 10. Millie Cleveland ,of the OEA went further, “we don't want to stand behind Local 10, we want to stand beside them.”

Many speakers called for a general strike of all labor to confront the cutbacks, layoffs, and loss of collective bargaining rights workers are faced with. Quite a number criticized high ranking labor officials for holding the labor movement back from striking and other militant actions. Xan San Joi, of Code Pink, called for strike action to begin on May 1, 2011.

Read More | photo Photos 1 | 2 | 3 | Event Announcement

Previous Related Indybay Feature: ILWU Sued After Solidarity Work Stoppage Shut Ports on April 4th
05/20/17 Report Details Racial Bias in California’s Traffic Court System, Bills Address Disparities Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Central Valley | San Francisco | California | U.S. | Government & Elections05/17/17 Section 8 Vouchers Help The Poor — But Only If Housing Is Available Front Page | Racial Justice | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Labor & Workers | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Womyn | U.S. | Government & Elections05/16/17 As Oakland Holds Public Budget Forums Throughout May, Pressure Grows to Cut Police Funding Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Health, Housing, and Public Services | East Bay | Government & Elections05/15/17 Young Natives Traveling, Sharing & Seeking Funds for the Resistance as Camps Begin to Grow Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Environment & Forest Defense | Racial Justice | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | East Bay | California | U.S.05/05/17 Oil Money Out, People Power In! March and Rally in Sacramento Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley | California | Government & Elections05/05/17 Younger Workers Priced Out of Sonoma County Housing Market Front Page | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Education & Student Activism | North Bay / Marin05/03/17 Protest and March on May 9: No Penalty for Poverty — Housing for All Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia05/02/17 Students Reclaim Main Administrative Building at UC Santa Cruz to Press Demands Front Page | Racial Justice | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Education & Student Activism | Santa Cruz Indymedia04/30/17 West Bank Rises Up in Protest in Solidarity with 1500 Hunger Strikers in Israeli Prisons Front Page | Police State and Prisons | International | Palestine04/26/17 International Workers' Day Marches and Strikes in Northern California Front Page | Labor & Workers | Central Valley | San Francisco | South Bay | East Bay | California | Immigrant Rights | Santa Cruz Indymedia04/26/17 9th Annual Anarchist Bookfair in Humboldt County Says Don't Mourn, Organize! Front Page | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Indymedia | North Coast
Related Categories: San Francisco | U.S. | Labor & Workers
Prison Strike Organizers to Protest Food Giant Aramark Kamala Kelkar, SF Bay View Sunday Jan 8th 9:10 PM
Trump Election Exposes Crises of US Capitalism & Imperialism; Creates Opportunity United Public Workers For Action (2 comments) Thursday Dec 1st 2:38 PM
Is Wells Fargo an on-going criminal enterprise? Lynda Carson (4 comments) Monday Sep 12th 6:08 AM
The Politics of My OSC Complaint At OSHA/DOL Darrell Whitman Monday Aug 15th 9:55 AM
Killer whales remain protected in Washington via OCEANA Wednesday Jun 15th 5:03 PM
Police evicts No Border Camp in Greece No Border Camp (2 comments) Wednesday Apr 20th 5:13 AM
More Global News...
[ × close ]