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Some Port of Tacoma terminals closed Monday to commemorate labor leader’s birthday

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on March 27, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
March 27, 2013 3:12 pm

Four major Port of Tacoma shipping terminals, Husky Terminal, Olympic Terminal, Pierce County Terminal and Washington United Terminal, will be shut down Monday to commemorate the birthday of  labor leader Cesar Chavez.

Three other terminals, APM Terminal, Totem Ocean Trailer Express and Terminal 7, will be working Monday, but longshore workers will receive holiday overtime pay rates for their work.

The terminal closures prompted by the labor agreement between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.  The PMA represents shipping lines, ports and terminal operators on the West Coast.

The ILWU-PMA contract names Chavez’s birthday as one of 15 holidays.  Among those holidays is Harry Bridges birthday, July 28 and Bloody Thursday, July 5.  Bridges is considered the founding father of the ILWU, and Bloody Thursday was the day two workers died in a bloody confrontation with police in San Francisco during a contentious 83-day longshore strike in 1934.

Chavez was a Mexican-American labor organizer who led farm worker protests in in California and the Southwest that led to the formation of the United Farm Workers of America.  Chavez died in 1993 at 66.

Chavez’s birthday is March 31, but because that falls on a Sunday this year, the holiday is being observed by the ILWU on Monday, April 1.




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