Would like to picket in support dockworkers?
- To all readers of Frontlines newspapers:
The port bosses, resembling a lot the old railroad bosses of the 1850s
are involved in a provocation against 10,500 dockworkers in the West
Coast. They are shutting down the harbors, hurting the economy and
forcing workers to lose workdays. They are attempting to force the Bush
intervention in a dispute over working conditions with the ILWU. The
Pacific Maritime Association, the bosses' organization, wants the Bush
administration to send troops and declare the ports "security zones" and
include them in the White House "war on terrorism."
Here we reproduce a letter from the San Francisco Labor Council AFL-CIO
appealing for workers, individually, to support the ILWU's picket lines.
Good first step. We call upon our readers to support and honor those
picket lines. But is hardly enough. The Harbor Baron must be stopped
in their tracks by the mobilization of the entire AFL-CIO. The AFL-CIO
at the national level should help build an old fashioned, militant
solidarity with the ILWU workers. Mass demonstrations must be called
immediately and money should be supplied to the ILWU to pay for lost
workdays of dockworkers and to organize a massive campaign explaining
that if the PMA insist in locking out workers and shutting down the
economy, the harbors and all its operations must be transferred to
public ownership under the control of dockworkers and other employees.
Here is the letter for the picket lines.
SF Labor Council Call to Support ILWU Picket Lines (9/30/02)
Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 17:02:52 -0700
S.F. Labor Council,
1188 Franklin St., #203, San Francisco, CA 94109.
The following letter was sent out this afternoon, Sept. 30th, by the San
Francisco Labor Council (AFL-CIO) to all S.F. Labor Council affiliates.
September 30, 2002
Appeal to Support the ILWU's Picket Lines in Oakland, CA
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
As you have read in today's press, the ILWU has been locked out once
again, this time indefinitely, by the Pacific Maritime Association. A
further sign of the PMA's refusal to bargain in good faith occurred this
afternoon, when the PMA called off a scheduled bargaining session and
placed further unacceptable demands on the ILWU.
The ILWU has called on the PMA to come back to the bargaining table. It
has stated repeatedly that the longshore workers want to return to work.
It has denied categorically the PMA's claims of "slowdowns" and the
like, calling these pretexts by the PMA to hinder good-faith bargaining.
Meanwhile, the ILWU's picket lines have gone up in 29 West Coast ports.
In Oakland, support for the ILWU's picket lines is solid, as union after
union has contacted the ILWU pledging that its members will not cross
the lines. Picket lines are up at all the terminals.
Now the ILWU needs our support. They need help with reinforcements on
the picket lines from unionists and labor rights activists in San
Francisco and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. They are calling on
all supporters of trade union rights to come down to the Port of
Oakland, at any time of day or night, though preferably at the time of
shift changes, which are 6:00am, 12:00pm, 6:00pm, and 12:00am, to help
staff the lines.
Everyone should report to the picket captains at Port View Park, after
which they will be dispatched to the terminals that need reinforcement.
Port View Park is located at the end of 7th Street in the Port of
Oakland. To get there, take Maritime Boulevard and make a right onto 7th
An Injury to One is an Injury to All.
Walter L. Johnson