The experiences of a hard-fought contract battle against a gang up that included the Pacific Maritime Association, a coalition of retailers and the Bush administration will loom large in the minds of delegates to 32nd Convention of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), April 28 – May 2, as they map strategy for the coming year.
CLEVELAND – In a powerful display of unity, union salt miners have twice in three weeks beaten back an effort, led by the head of David Duke’s local white supremacist organization, to decertify the Teamsters at Cargill Corp.’s facility beneath Lake Erie.
OAKLAND, Calif. – Accusing the Oakland Police Department of acting as “private security guards for multi-national corporations,” delegates to the Alameda County Central Labor Council (CLC) unanimously condemned the April 7 police attack on anti-war demonstrators and longshore workers at the docks, here. Community outrage is also mounting after new revelations of collusion between the police, employers and possibly the Bush administration’s Office of Homeland Security, surfaced.
OAKLAND, Calif. – After an outraged cross section of Oakland residents took to the streets on April 26 to protest and then made their case at an emotionally charged hearing, the Oakland City Council voted 7-1 on April 29 to hire an independent panel to investigate the unprovoked police attack on peaceful anti-war demonstrators and on dock workers waiting to go to work April 7. Dozens of protestors and nine workers, members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), were injured when police opened fire using wooden dowels, rubber bullets and concussion grenades.
SAN FRANCISCO – Delegates to the 32nd Convention of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), celebrated their recent contract victory and targeted the 2004 elections as the next major battle facing their members.
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“Death threats are not new for us. It is a way of life here. Every family in Colombia has come to terms with violence. Everyone in Colombia knows of a relative who has been tortured, disappeared, or killed – treated in the most grotesque ways.”
PITTSBURGH – Steelworkers at National Steel voted April 11 to strike to save their union, pensions, and health care if a bankruptcy court voids their collective bargaining agreement and pension benefits.
TUSCON, Ariz. – Border residents are demanding that gun-toting vigilantes and immigrant-hunting parties operating on the Arizona-Mexico border be investigated and stopped. Violent actions by these hate groups have escalated in spite of Arizona’s anti-militia law, State Land Department Lease guidelines and countless reports of human rights abuses.
AUSTIN – The right wing’s drive to slash government services in Texas ran into stiff resistance when about 2,000 workers converged here April 9. They gathered to tell state leaders that Texas can’t afford cuts to the vital services provided by public agencies and their employees.