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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:19 PM

 

Labor News - Heard it here first on the DU: ILWU Just Went On Strike! (UPDATE)

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A coworker friend who introduced me to the DU just called me and said we walked off the job and are picketing.

The issue? Shortly after our 2002 contract dispute which resulted in the lock-out we got the office workers unionized into our union. They became local 63a. Local 63 is our marine clerks local, so they became a part of the marine clerks, but with a different contract.

Anyway, local 63a has been working now for 36 months without a contract because of a dispute over language in their new proposed contract which eliminates their jobs as ILWU jobs when the current members of local 63a retire, die or for other reasons leave their jobs. Basically a slow busting of their local.

So as of just a few moments ago locals 63, 63a and local 13 (my local) which is the longshoreman's local are out picketing.

When I get more news I'll post it...




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Reply Labor News - Heard it here first on the DU: ILWU Just Went On Strike! (UPDATE) (Original post)
Ya Basta Nov 2012 OP
NYC_SKP Nov 2012 #1
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #29
patrice Nov 2012 #2
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #30
LiberalAndProud Nov 2012 #3
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #31
PD Turk Nov 2012 #4
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #32
Brickbat Nov 2012 #5
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #33
Teamster Jeff Nov 2012 #6
Bluzmann57 Nov 2012 #7
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #34
rhett o rick Nov 2012 #8
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #35
socialist_n_TN Nov 2012 #9
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #36
donnasgirl Nov 2012 #10
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #37
bvar22 Nov 2012 #11
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #38
Viking12 Nov 2012 #12
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #39
LoisB Nov 2012 #13
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #40
mahina Nov 2012 #14
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #41
mahina Nov 2012 #65
johnp3907 Nov 2012 #15
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #42
Squinch Nov 2012 #16
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #43
Politicub Nov 2012 #17
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #44
Sherman A1 Nov 2012 #18
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #45
jerseyjack Nov 2012 #19
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #46
myrna minx Nov 2012 #20
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #47
Agony Nov 2012 #21
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #48
Heathen57 Nov 2012 #22
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #49
Comrade_McKenzie Nov 2012 #23
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #50
Diego_Native 2012 Nov 2012 #24
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #51
Dustlawyer Nov 2012 #25
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #52
Dustlawyer Dec 2012 #66
bitchkitty Nov 2012 #26
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #54
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #27
Fire Walk With Me Nov 2012 #28
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #55
Warpy Nov 2012 #53
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #56
Warpy Nov 2012 #62
LiberalAndProud Nov 2012 #59
Melinda Nov 2012 #57
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #58
Chan790 Nov 2012 #60
sabrina 1 Nov 2012 #61
Lordquinton Nov 2012 #63
fishwax Nov 2012 #64

Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:23 PM

1. Strategically timed given the holiday goods inbound from Asia...

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:35 PM

29. Thanks NYC_SKP

 

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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:25 PM

2. Solidarity! with ILWU Local 63a.

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Response to patrice (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:35 PM

30. Thank you patrice

 

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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:33 PM

3. Replying to keep tabs on this thread.

I look forward to your updates.

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Response to LiberalAndProud (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:36 PM

31. Thanks LiberalAndProud

 

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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:54 PM

4. Go union!!

I stand with the ILWU, godspeed brothers and sisters!!

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Response to PD Turk (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:37 PM

32. Thank you PD Turk

 

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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:55 PM

5. Solidarity.

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Response to Brickbat (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:38 PM

33. Yes brother!!!

 

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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:04 PM

6. K&R

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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:08 PM

7. Good luck to you all

and SOLIDARITY! Now more than ever.

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Response to Bluzmann57 (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:38 PM

34. Thank you Bluzmann57

 

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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:16 PM

8. Good luck. nm

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:39 PM

35. Thanks rhett o rick

 

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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:21 PM

9. Solidarity!........

You'll need the office workers too when y'all's contract comes up in '14.

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Response to socialist_n_TN (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:40 PM

36. Thank you socialist_n_TN

 

Thanks socialist_n_TN and Xicano is here and says he has spoken to you before and says to say hi

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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:24 PM

10. Now

We need the truckers to go on strike and shut it down to show the republicans just how strong the unions are.

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Response to donnasgirl (Reply #10)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:40 PM

37. That would great.

 

Actually those jobs use to be Teamsters before independent truck drivers crossed the picket lines. If my memory servers me correct that was back in the early 90's. They have been trying to get those jobs unionized again but some technicality is making it very difficult. Of course we always lend them whatever support we can give them as we do with any union around the world. And of course they and the rest of us will always try to get those jobs back teamsters unionized.





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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:25 PM

11. Solidarity!

How can I help?




You can NOT be FOR "Free Trade",
and Pro-LABOR at the same time.
The two positions are mutually exclusive.

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #11)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:41 PM

38. Thank you bvar22

 

Hopefully this will be over with in a day or two. I'll keep the DU updated.




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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:27 PM

12. Stay strong, Brother!

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Response to Viking12 (Reply #12)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:42 PM

39. Thanks Viking12

 

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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:46 PM

13. Good luck

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Response to LoisB (Reply #13)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:42 PM

40. Thanks LoisB

 

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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:59 PM

14. Oh shit.

Of course, we're low on everything...damn it.

Solidarity, of course. But damn.

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Response to mahina (Reply #14)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:44 PM

41. Thanks mahina

 

Looks like you're in Hawaii. There's clauses we have regarding Hawaii, Alaska and military cargoes to work them because of national security concerns and because of Alaska's and Hawaii's greater isolation.

Hopefully though it'll be over with in a day or two.

Take care




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Response to Ya Basta (Reply #41)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 04:16 PM

65. Oh good!

You tell me NOW~

I bought about fifty rolls of TP and a collossal bag of rice

ha

Still, solidarity, good luck!

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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:27 PM

15. Power!

You've got it! Good luck!

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Response to johnp3907 (Reply #15)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:44 PM

42. Thanks johnp

 



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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:29 PM

16. We're with you!

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Response to Squinch (Reply #16)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:45 PM

43. Thanks Squinch

 

We definitely appreciate it.

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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:38 PM

17. Solidarity forever

And may service workers be able to unionize and get the benefits and salary they deserve, too.

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Response to Politicub (Reply #17)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:47 PM

44. Thank you Politicub

 

And yes unionize the service workers too.



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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:45 PM

18. Good Luck!

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #18)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:47 PM

45. Thanks Sherman A1

 

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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:55 PM

19. Fuck that. You mean I might not be able to get any shit from Walmart ...

 

in time for the war on Christmas. The union aughta be ashamed. And the rest of you dumb bastids are cheering them on? WhatsamaterU?

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Response to jerseyjack (Reply #19)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:50 PM

46. LOL.. That's a good one.. :)

 








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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:55 PM

20. Solidarity!

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Response to myrna minx (Reply #20)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:50 PM

47. Thanks myrna minx

 

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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:56 PM

21. Like a rock...

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Response to Agony (Reply #21)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:51 PM

48. :)

 

Thanks Agony

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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:57 PM

22. We are all brothers no

matter what the union. Solidarity!!

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Response to Heathen57 (Reply #22)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:52 PM

49. Solidarity....Absoultly

 

Thanks Heathen57

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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:01 PM

23. Love it. nt

 

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Response to Comrade_McKenzie (Reply #23)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:52 PM

50. Woohoo :)

 

Thanks Comrade_McKenzie

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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:06 PM

24. Right on, Brother!

Hang in there; don't let the b-tards win.

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Response to Diego_Native 2012 (Reply #24)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:53 PM

51. Thank you Diego_Native

 

With Obama we got this..


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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:32 PM

25. The corporations, and the politicians in their back pocket, have been going all out to destroy

Unions. It's time for many workers to stand up and block the assault. The firm I work for is national counsel to several unions. I live in the heart of Americas refineries. Many of the union workers in the plants have grown too used to middle class life. The benefits they enjoy are nice if you consider their employers are the richest corporations in the world. The generation that suffered through beatings, lock outs, no overtime ... are all gone. Now, many voted for Rmoney b/c they were hooked on Rush and Fox Noise. It is time for unions to be able to grow. The public has heard about Walmart, and that many other companies threatened their own employees by way of pre-election letters advising them why it would behoove them to vote Republican! More will decide they have had enough with their greedy and abusive employers and form their own union, or join an existing one! It's on now!

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Response to Dustlawyer (Reply #25)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:56 PM

52. And I am so glad Romney was defeated. Oouch! That would of hurt otherwise.

 

But the republiCon is like a cornered animal right now and that makes them still dangerous for us working folks.

Solidarity forever!


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Response to Ya Basta (Reply #52)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:02 PM

66. They are in disarray, and they still have the right wing media problem to deal

with. Maybe now they would welcome some regulations be put back on the books such as limiting the number of stations in markets. Break up these media oligarchs that threaten our very Democracy. Go back to the news has to be factual. We enforce laws on commercial advertising, insisting on them that they cannot be false or misleading. Why not have the same standard for the news. The same should even be said for campaign ads. Why is it ok for a candidate to continue to run ads that have been empirically proven to be false? Back to the unions though, I think this is an excellent opportunity for growth. Without strong labor unions, the corporations will take complete advantage of their workers. Look to history for proof. Unions are the natural Ying to the corporate Yang. There must be balance to have harmony.

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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:34 PM

26. Solidarity! And thanks to you and your union from the bottom of my heart! n/t

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Response to bitchkitty (Reply #26)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:57 PM

54. Thank you very much bitchkitty

 




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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:31 PM

27. UPDATE

 

Just got back from the waterfront and here's where it is right now. An arbitrator ruled in our favor (you'll hear my little brother in the video below indicate that), BUT that is only regarding the companies claim that our picket line is not a valid picket line.

As for negotiations. There is still no agreement and the picket lines will stand for now until they get a contract. At least that is where we are at, at the moment.

I took a few photos earlier when I first got down to a dock where my little brother was working, but not a lot yet going on and it was during shift change.



Just a short video asking my little brother for any news. (sorry for the audio being out of sink)










Just a few pictures. Not a lot yet happening.






































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Response to Ya Basta (Reply #27)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:34 PM

28. Solidarity!

 

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #28)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:59 PM

55. Thank you Fire Walk With Me

 

Solidarity!

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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:57 PM

53. Horrible timing

I don't know why this shit always seems to happen around the holidays but it seems like more than ample reason to strike.

Bosses are willing to pull all this shit to avoid treating labor fairly. Good for you for getting the office workers organized. I wish more were.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #53)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 12:01 AM

56. Thanks Warpy

 

Yes hopefully it will only be a day or two. Plus most of the holiday inventories should of already been shipped out. So unless its a business that operates only with just on time deliveries I don't think it should cause very much if any disruptions to holiday shopping.


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Response to Ya Basta (Reply #56)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 01:26 AM

62. Oh, hell, I'm not a bit worried about consumer junk getting from

the ships to the distributors. My sympathies lie 100% with the strikers and their families.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #53)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 12:20 AM

59. I didn't realize a pickett line could be ruled invalid.

Some things make no logical sense at all. I've never had the privilege of being a union member, so what do I know?

Let us know if we can do more than offer moral support.

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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 12:08 AM

57. Hey locals 63, 63a and 13...



Workers in this part of California think y'all rock.

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Response to Melinda (Reply #57)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 12:17 AM

58. Thank you Melinda

 

Love the photo...


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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 12:25 AM

60. I support union labor.

Give 'em hell!

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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 12:25 AM

61. Good for them.

Hope they get what they want.

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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 01:48 AM

63. I remember 2002

was working in a stock room, I made sure people said "lockout" not strike, and we all wished we could be with you guys.

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Response to Ya Basta (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 01:58 AM

64. Solidarity!

Until yesterday, I thought I was going to be on strike by the end of this week as well, but our union got a good deal done at the bargaining table.

Certainly a shady tactic being used on your fellow local.

Best of luck, Ya Basta, and SOLIDARITY!

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