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Mon Dec 12, 2011, 06:48 PM

Protesters halt operations at some western ports

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http://apnews.excite.com/article/20111212/D9RJ8M2O0.html

By TERRY COLLINS

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Hundreds of Wall Street protesters blocked gates at some of the West Coast's busiest ports on Monday, causing the partial shutdown of several in a day of demonstrations they hope will cut into the profits of the corporations that run the docks.

The closures affected some of the terminals at the ports in Oakland, Calif., Portland, Ore., and Longview, Wash., though it was not immediately clear how much the shutdowns would affect operations and what the economic loss would be.

From California to as far away as Vancouver, British Columbia, protesters picketed gates, beating drums, carrying signs such as "Shutdown Wall St. on the Waterfront" and causing longer wait times for trucks.

There were a handful of arrests so far, but no major clashes with police.


Protesters set up a picket line at a Port of Portland terminal Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, in Portland, Ore., as part of a West Coast "day of action." Anti-Wall Street protesters along the West Coast joined an effort Monday to blockade some of the nation's busiest docks, with the idea that if they cut off the ports, they cut into corporate profits. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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Omaha Steve Dec 2011 OP
pinto Dec 2011 #1
Big_Mike Dec 2011 #2
Still Blue in PDX Dec 2011 #3
Matariki Dec 2011 #4
Bluenorthwest Dec 2011 #5
randome Dec 2011 #6
maddezmom Dec 2011 #7

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 06:54 PM

1. Thanks for the update. As with any evolving movement, I see there was some difference of opinion

on methods and objectives. (per an interesting piece in the SF Chron yesterday, I'll pull it up and post for discussion.)

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 07:24 PM

2. This action is misguided.

My best friend is a trucker. This event cost him about $850.00 today. In order to work in the Port of Los Angeles, he had to get rid of his six year old truck and buy a new one that met the environmental standards. To upgrade his old truck would have cost him >$50K. He is barely making it, and now lost the income for a day's work.

He is a life long Teamster, but as an Owner/Operator now. All of his buddies are bitching about this--doing it in the run up for Christmas and the end of the year. In their eyes, this is no good thing. It doesn't hurt anyone other than the working man.

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Response to Big_Mike (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 07:27 PM

3. I was sort of afraid that would be the case. nt

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Response to Big_Mike (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 07:28 PM

4. Your one-person anecdote vs. a group of truckers elected by their co-workers to write this:

http://cleanandsafeports.org/blog/2011/12/12/an-open-letter-from-america%E2%80%99s-port-truck-drivers-on-occupy-the-ports/

We are the front-line workers who haul container rigs full of imported and exported goods to and from the docks and warehouses every day.

We have been elected by committees of our co-workers at the Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle, Tacoma, New York and New Jersey to tell our collective story. We have accepted the honor to speak up for our brothers and sisters about our working conditions despite the risk of retaliation we face. One of us is a mother, the rest of us fathers. Between the five of us we have 11children and one more baby on the way. We have a combined 46 years of experience driving cargo from our shores for America’s stores.

We are inspired that a non-violent democratic movement that insists on basic economic fairness is capturing the hearts and minds of so many working people. Thank you “99 Percenters” for hearing our call for justice. We are humbled and overwhelmed by recent attention. Normally we are invisible.

Today’s demonstrations will impact us. While we cannot officially speak for every worker who shares our occupation, we can use this opportunity to reveal what it’s like to walk a day in our shoes for the 110,000 of us in America whose job it is to be a port truck driver. It may be tempting for media to ask questions about whether we support a shutdown, but there are no easy answers. Instead, we ask you, are you willing to listen and learn why a one-word response is impossible?

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Response to Big_Mike (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 07:33 PM

5. He's got $850 days and he is whining

at Labor action? Tell him he's not the kind of Teamster I know.

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 07:40 PM

6. Who the hell are you? Or any of you?

To say how much money a union member should make?

This just gets more ridiculous every day. Unbelievable.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 08:59 PM

7. locking, this is a duplicate topic

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