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Is May Day port shutdown actually on?

Post by David Seago on April 29, 2008 at 10:37 am |
April 29, 2008 10:37 am

Pierce County labor and antiwar activists expect dockworkers to shut down all West Coast ports for an eight-hour shift on May to protest the war in Iraq and support worker rights.


Activist websites talk as though the action by the International Longshore & Warehouse Union is a done deal, but there’s nothing on the ILWU’s own website today confirming strike plans.


No independent local confirmation yet. The newsroom is chasing it down.

(7 p.m. update: Cargo Business News, an online shipping newsletter, quotes an ILWU spokesman indicating that the shutdown is planned.)


This email is going around in Pierce County labor circles:


After some vigorous internal debate, the International Longshore & Warehouse Union has confirmed its decision to shut down the ports of the entire West Coast on Thursday, May 1st, in support of workers’ rights and against the bloody and costly Iraq War.



LOCAL SUPPORT on Thursday, May 1st:



· 5 PM Tacoma Demonstration Pacific Ave. I-5 overpass 6:30 PM March to Federal Courthouse Sponsor (Peace Action Coalition Tacoma)



· 7 PM Working Families, Not War program 1911 Pacific Ave. Washington State History Museum, Tacoma 8:30 PM Candle-light Vigil at Federal Courthouse, 1717 Pacific Ave. (Sponsored by America in Solidarity)


Update: Note from reader….


I was told at a meeting last night that eight hour “the shutdown” of The Port of Tacoma is on, but the evening demonstration over I-5 is off (there was some sort of conflict with a sponsoring organization).


Instead, people are being encouraged to go up to Seattle (on the 594 or in carpools leaving from the Tacoma Dome Transit Center) to participate in the anti-war demonstration sponsored by their ILWU local. It starts on the pier along Alaska Way at noon. Later in the afternoon that demonstration will be linking up with the Immigrants Rights Demonstration that will be marching down from Judkins Park.


I plan to wear comfortable shoes.

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