There's been a bit of "Thanks, but no thanks!" going on between the #OWS movement and unions (primarily, the ILWU) over the last couple of weeks. The issue has been whether or not the port shut down that took place on Monday would be helpful or hurtful to "the 99%."
In a December 6, open letter, ILWU Robert McEllrath wrote that "there is a real danger that forces outside of the ILWU will attempt to adopt our struggle as their own." And, that is exactly what the #OWS organizers tried to do on Monday.
After an appeal by union leaders tonight, Occupy Portland protesters agreed to end their picket outside a Schnitzer Steel plant in North Portland.
Officials from the International Longshore & Warehouse Union Local 8 explained to protesters that union workers in the plant wouldn't get paid if the protest continued.
"We support the Occupy" movement, said Michael Gardner of the union's labor relations committee. "We just don't necessarily agree with shutting down the docks."
Gardner estimated that about 300 people from the union didn't work and didn't get paid as a result of Monday's protests.
In case you haven't seen Neil Cavuto's "interview" of #Occupy organizer Kari Koch (apparently, no relation to the Koch brothers), you'll want to watch this. It is a perfect example of the idiocy (and ideology) that drives the #OWS Neo-Coms.
HT RS McCain:
Despite the fact that union bosses have hijacked the #OWS from the top, on the bottom rungs of the rank-and-file ladder, union members may be finally catching on to the fact that the #OccupyMovement is not about helping them:
The #OWS movement has really become nothing more than a 21st-Century Marxist Revolution, coordinated by Left-wing operatives and populated by their useful idiots.
- Occupiers’ port protest not appreciated by labour movement
- Collateral Damage: #OccupyPorts Protesters Hurt the 99%, Costing Longshoremen Wages
- Oakland port workers stay home as protesters rally
- Opposition grows to Occupy's port shutdown plan
- Van Jones Tweets Support For #Occupy Movement To Shut Down Ports
- Schnitzers Among Those Giving Money to Occupy Portland?
“Socialism has no place in the hearts of those who would secure the fight for freedom and preserve democracy.” Samuel Gompers, 1918
Cross-posted at LaborUnionReport.com.