ILWU to #OccupyPortland Operatives & Other Useful Idiots: Please, just leave.
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 | Read More »
Tensions Escalate in Washington Port Union Battle Over Jobs
To say that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union is a militant union would be something of an understatement. Following the deadly 1934 West Coast Waterfront Strike (of which the ILWU still commemorates ‘Bloody Thursday‘), the longshoremen’s union (originally part of the International Longshoremen’s Association) has controlled the West Coast ports for nearly 80 years and its militancy continues to this day. In Washington state the ILWU | Read More »