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19. It shouldn't be a crime to fight for jobs in this country
Workers volunteer to put their bodies on the line in effort to save good jobs in Longview, WA
September 7, 2011 7:43 pm

Hundreds of port workers stood on railroad tracks today at 4pm, blocking a train carrying grain to a foreign-owned loading facility in Longview, Washington. Workers took action to protest the failure by big grain companies to honor agreements with the local community to provide good jobs in Longview.

Everyone came to the tracks on their own free will to stand up for justice and protect good jobs in this community, said ILWU President Bob McEllrath, who stood with the volunteers on Wednesday afternoon. It shouldnt be a crime to fight for good jobs in America.

Police in riot gear charged the group of peaceful protesters, which included women and children, injuring several in the process. When volunteers stood their ground, police retreated and the train was backed-off. As of 6pm, it was unclear if the BNSF Railroad would continue to attempt another delivery or stand down.

The controversial grain terminal is owned and operated by EGT a consortium of companies that includes North America, South Korea-based STX Pan Ocean and Japan-based Itochu Corporation...

http://www.ilwu.org/?p=2927




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  -Union Dispute Near Seattle Turns Violent and Idles Ports Generic Other  Sep-08-11 09:10 PM   #0 
  - K&R  leftstreet   Sep-08-11 09:16 PM   #1 
  - About fucking time.  backscatter712   Sep-08-11 09:18 PM   #2 
  - Everett longshoremen leave docks after dispute in Longview  Generic Other   Sep-08-11 09:20 PM   #3 
  - great! was also great to see all those cargo ships laden w/ crap from China idling off the coast of  amborin   Sep-08-11 09:21 PM   #4 
  - Oh yeah I recall seeing quite a few in Commencement Bay  Generic Other   Sep-08-11 09:25 PM   #5 
     - I see James Hoffa, Jr. is going to be in Tacoma tomorrow  Generic Other   Sep-08-11 09:45 PM   #7 
  - shut down the whole port to protest one company = thuggery  msongs   Sep-08-11 09:41 PM   #6 
  - Jesus wept.  DrunkenBoat   Sep-08-11 09:48 PM   #9 
  - It's not an inter-union squabble -- it's a management union busting tactic  Generic Other   Sep-08-11 09:50 PM   #10 
  - AP calls them hostage takers...  Cid_B   Sep-09-11 01:26 AM   #34 
     - AP has the story wrong. No surprise.  DrunkenBoat   Sep-09-11 01:59 AM   #36 
        - The sheriff retracted the "hostage" claim  Generic Other   Sep-09-11 08:53 AM   #44 
           - Which was the thrust of the article I posted as well. You should have posted that  DrunkenBoat   Sep-09-11 03:41 PM   #50 
              - Sorry I meant to post to support your point...  Generic Other   Sep-09-11 04:03 PM   #52 
  - I suggest you read some history  Occulus   Sep-08-11 09:54 PM   #11 
  - What's disgusting? Ignorant DU union-busting. Nice Republican "union thug" meme.  readmoreoften   Sep-08-11 10:18 PM   #13 
  - As long as there are still a couple of decent posters such as yourself..  girl gone mad   Sep-08-11 11:17 PM   #27 
  - +1  leftstreet   Sep-08-11 11:54 PM   #29 
  - Why, thank you! :)  readmoreoften   Sep-11-11 10:41 PM   #135 
  - +1  proud2BlibKansan   Sep-10-11 07:17 AM   #92 
  - It came straight from Michelle Malkin's slimy lips  Generic Other   Sep-11-11 12:48 PM   #113 
  - There are two sides in this war and you apparently are on the wrong side. nm  rhett o rick   Sep-08-11 10:27 PM   #15 
  - Thuggery's asshole. People and business who are not part of this "inter-union squabble"  lonestarnot   Sep-08-11 10:55 PM   #22 
  - Really?  Cid_B   Sep-09-11 01:11 AM   #33 
     - No more destructive than accept lower wages and fewer benefits or have your job sent to China. nt  Selatius   Sep-09-11 08:44 AM   #42 
     - +1000000000000  Bake   Sep-09-11 05:34 PM   #56 
     - It's called solidarity. I stand with the working class.  MedicalAdmin   Sep-10-11 01:42 AM   #85 
     - It has apparently come to this according to richie rich who is standing on his piles of money.  lonestarnot   Sep-10-11 11:34 AM   #93 
  - ...  intheflow   Sep-08-11 10:56 PM   #23 
  - this affects ALL workers; "normal" people owe lunch breaks, wages. pensions, to unions  amborin   Sep-08-11 11:12 PM   #25 
  - Hmm, union workers aren't "normal people" eh?  Union Scribe   Sep-08-11 11:18 PM   #28 
  - In the context of this struggle, you are little better than a scab. Hence, it's  coalition_unwilling   Sep-09-11 12:42 AM   #31 
  - Don't use ignore.  MedicalAdmin   Sep-10-11 01:45 AM   #86 
  - It's called getting the job done.  Fuddnik   Sep-09-11 02:33 AM   #38 
  - IMO They should shut down the entire fucking country  Bandit   Sep-09-11 09:45 AM   #48 
  - i agree, we need a general strike.  iemitsu   Sep-11-11 11:15 AM   #106 
  - +1, Agreed & Well Said!  Sherman A1   Sep-12-11 03:00 AM   #146 
  - It has nothing to do with 'inter-union' squabble'.  sabrina 1   Sep-09-11 04:28 PM   #54 
  - Too bad. There is a real class warfare in this country and people have to pick a side.  white_wolf   Sep-09-11 08:18 PM   #59 
  - History of labor, I take it, ain't your strong point  nadinbrzezinski   Sep-09-11 08:19 PM   #60 
  - You don't understand a thing about working class solidarity  blindpig   Sep-10-11 07:08 AM   #91 
  - Longview is "near" Portland Or (about an hour's drive), not Seattle (about 2.5 hours).  DrunkenBoat   Sep-08-11 09:47 PM   #8 
  - We think anything in the western part of our state is nearby  Generic Other   Sep-08-11 10:14 PM   #12 
     - No we don't. Longview WA is *right on* the Columbia, across from Rainier Or.  DrunkenBoat   Sep-09-11 01:36 AM   #35 
     - Last I heard Longview was still in Washington state  Generic Other   Sep-09-11 08:35 AM   #41 
        - Who said it wasn't? I said it's right across the river from Oregon, not "near Seattle".  DrunkenBoat   Sep-09-11 03:40 PM   #49 
           - You are acting territorial over prepostional choices  Generic Other   Sep-09-11 04:01 PM   #51 
              - Brother. I posted a simple correction to the story, and I have no idea why you felt compelled to  DrunkenBoat   Sep-09-11 04:13 PM   #53 
                 - I think the IUOE local in this case is from Portland  Generic Other   Sep-09-11 08:05 PM   #57 
                    - Just where do you live that you can drive to L'vw in 30 min & Seattle in an hour?  DrunkenBoat   Sep-09-11 08:16 PM   #58 
                       - From Longview to Tacoma the traffic moves fast  Generic Other   Sep-09-11 09:17 PM   #61 
                          - You can drive from Tacoma to L'vw in 30 minutes. Right, at 170 miles an hour.  DrunkenBoat   Sep-09-11 10:11 PM   #63 
                          - You know you are really bothered by this aren't you?  Generic Other   Sep-09-11 10:24 PM   #66 
                             - California or East Coast transplant. Yeah, there's only Seattle, the rest is flyover country.  DrunkenBoat   Sep-09-11 10:49 PM   #68 
                                - My family settled in Washington Territory in the 1880s  Generic Other   Sep-10-11 12:01 AM   #69 
                                - Yeah, he probably did it in half an hour.  DrunkenBoat   Sep-10-11 12:25 AM   #73 
                                   - Now you are being a little creepy  Generic Other   Sep-10-11 12:28 AM   #74 
                                - it is also a fact that people in seattle claim to live near mt rainier  iemitsu   Sep-10-11 12:02 AM   #70 
                                   - It may be that people outside the area only know what they read in the paper.  DrunkenBoat   Sep-10-11 12:21 AM   #72 
                                      - it is difficult to understand your persistence  iemitsu   Sep-10-11 12:35 AM   #76 
                                         - It's very difficult for me to understand why you & your friend are so persistent in disputing the  DrunkenBoat   Sep-10-11 01:04 AM   #79 
                                            - near is a relative term.  iemitsu   Sep-10-11 01:11 AM   #80 
                          - Come on guys. Are you really having this fight?  Muskypundit   Sep-10-11 12:54 AM   #77 
                             - No, I put him on ignore  Generic Other   Sep-10-11 01:01 AM   #78 
                             - Spokane.  Muskypundit   Sep-10-11 03:24 AM   #88 
                             - Near Portland?  Generic Other   Sep-10-11 11:36 AM   #94 
                             - once i'm past ellensburg  iemitsu   Sep-10-11 12:02 PM   #96 
                                - Yakima  lumpy   Sep-11-11 10:41 PM   #136 
                                   - yakima!  iemitsu   Sep-11-11 10:49 PM   #139 
                             - LOL  lumpy   Sep-11-11 10:39 PM   #133 
                             - Vancouver, B.C  suffragette   Sep-11-11 12:48 PM   #114 
                                - once i'm past bellingham  iemitsu   Sep-11-11 04:11 PM   #116 
                                   - lol  suffragette   Sep-11-11 04:32 PM   #120 
                                      - :D  iemitsu   Sep-11-11 10:17 PM   #131 
                             - The poster who is able to drive 97 miles in 30 minutes obviously lives in a different realm than  DrunkenBoat   Sep-10-11 01:24 AM   #82 
                                - Hmm, Wikipedia has David McCloskey using Cascadia earlier  suffragette   Sep-11-11 04:30 PM   #119 
                                   - And the old Indian TB Hospital in Tacoma was renamed Cascadia 1959  Generic Other   Sep-11-11 06:12 PM   #126 
                                      - Didn't know that  suffragette   Sep-11-11 09:00 PM   #128 
                                      - Yeah, & it was used as the name for a town in the 1890s & lots of other things. So what?  DrunkenBoat   Sep-11-11 10:05 PM   #129 
                                         - i thought you said up-thread  iemitsu   Sep-11-11 10:27 PM   #132 
                                            - At this point I am just trying to understand why someone new to DU  Generic Other   Sep-11-11 10:40 PM   #134 
                                               - or maybe someone  iemitsu   Sep-11-11 10:44 PM   #137 
                                               - In point of fact I actually know what's going on here in Longview where I live  DrunkenBoat   Sep-12-11 02:51 AM   #145 
                                                  - *we* think there might have been some ringers amongst those longshoremen from up north  Generic Other   Sep-12-11 10:40 AM   #147 
     - i thought portland was in maine.  iemitsu   Sep-09-11 10:21 PM   #65 
        - bad baD!  Generic Other   Sep-09-11 10:27 PM   #67 
        - Yeah, & it's more than double the size.  DrunkenBoat   Sep-10-11 01:34 AM   #84 
  - I know Longview well. It's as gritty and blue-collar as they come.  stevedeshazer   Sep-08-11 10:25 PM   #14 
  - Pictures from the Tacoma paper  Generic Other   Sep-08-11 10:38 PM   #16 
  - Thanks, those photos are great.  stevedeshazer   Sep-08-11 10:51 PM   #20 
  - the photos are great.  iemitsu   Sep-10-11 12:15 AM   #71 
  - Love that last shot!  intheflow   Sep-08-11 10:52 PM   #21 
  - Interesting touch, attaching the protest sign to a baseball bat.  Buns_of_Fire   Sep-09-11 09:25 AM   #45 
  - These guys know their labor history.  Occulus   Sep-09-11 10:21 PM   #64 
  - Love the NO WISCONSIN HERE sign. For sure!  lumpy   Sep-11-11 10:49 PM   #138 
  - The ILWU has a contract, are they supposed to see it trashed?  robdogbucky   Sep-08-11 10:47 PM   #17 
  - "to staff the terminal. General Construction contracts with a different union."  pnorman   Sep-09-11 12:31 AM   #30 
     - The ILWU believes it has the right to work at the facility, both by tradition and under a lease  DrunkenBoat   Sep-09-11 02:14 AM   #37 
        - "Operating Engineers"! I should have guessed!  pnorman   Sep-09-11 08:04 AM   #40 
  - Intl Transport Workers Federation condemns detention of ILWU president  robdogbucky   Sep-08-11 10:49 PM   #18 
  - It shouldn't be a crime to fight for jobs in this country  robdogbucky   Sep-08-11 10:50 PM   #19 
  - I am surprised that on DU how many are so quick to blame the longshoremen  Generic Other   Sep-08-11 11:11 PM   #24 
     - Wow.  Brigid   Sep-10-11 03:17 AM   #87 
        - officials certainly don't want our children knowing  iemitsu   Sep-11-11 11:55 AM   #107 
  - The "violence" is that of the company, pitting worker against worker for wages. That's violent. nt  TeamsterDem   Sep-08-11 11:13 PM   #26 
  - I hope this is prelude to a nationwide general strike. There are way  coalition_unwilling   Sep-09-11 12:44 AM   #32 
  - +1000  Fuddnik   Sep-09-11 02:39 AM   #39 
  - LA TIMES: Longshoremen in Washington walk off the job  Generic Other   Sep-09-11 08:51 AM   #43 
  - Ports in state brace for more action  Generic Other   Sep-09-11 09:33 AM   #46 
  - wow... it only took us 2.5 years to act  LadyInAZ   Sep-09-11 09:41 AM   #47 
  - Kick,kick,kick &recommended!  butterfly77   Sep-09-11 05:17 PM   #55 
  - Seems like businesses in the US rarely honor contracts made with unions  killbotfactory   Sep-09-11 09:24 PM   #62 
  - no injuries, no arrests...  Claudia Jones   Sep-10-11 12:34 AM   #75 
  - Zombie Reagan rules our world.  Luminous Animal   Sep-10-11 01:30 AM   #83 
  - Think we have all Democrats on this anonymous website?  NNN0LHI   Sep-10-11 06:47 AM   #90 
     - I don't care what you call yourself as long as you don't act like a Republican  Generic Other   Sep-10-11 08:04 PM   #101 
     - Damn, I do hope that fumigation happens soon.  lumpy   Sep-11-11 10:56 PM   #140 
  - This needs to happen nationwide. The time for sitting idly is over, ACTION is needed.  Hugabear   Sep-10-11 01:14 AM   #81 
  - Anything that is effective in defense of the working class  socialist_n_TN   Sep-10-11 07:45 PM   #97 
  - This looks a lot like many descriptions one reads in articles about  Obamanaut   Sep-10-11 06:34 AM   #89 
  - perhaps a better way to think of this event would be  iemitsu   Sep-11-11 12:12 PM   #108 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Sep-10-11 11:59 AM   #95 
  - Who would've thought the next riots would be coming from seattle?! n/t  Shagbark Hickory   Sep-10-11 07:47 PM   #98 
  - Are you trying to make that guy upthread go nuts again?  Generic Other   Sep-10-11 08:00 PM   #99 
     - Ooopsie. n/t  Shagbark Hickory   Sep-10-11 08:03 PM   #100 
     - hey, you talking about me?  iemitsu   Sep-10-11 08:08 PM   #102 
        - I am proud to be a union worker, activist, and defender  Generic Other   Sep-10-11 08:15 PM   #103 
           - thank you generic.  iemitsu   Sep-10-11 08:29 PM   #104 
  - Bump. Because this is important  socialist_n_TN   Sep-11-11 10:49 AM   #105 
  - Another reason to praise the ILWU and why the uberclass hates them  Generic Other   Sep-11-11 12:34 PM   #109 
  - To sum up:  Generic Other   Sep-11-11 12:42 PM   #110 
  - But my PRIUS is coming through that port! SOLIDARITY (for everybody except autoworkers)!!!!! nt  Romulox   Sep-11-11 12:42 PM   #111 
  - Wouldn't solidarity for autoworkers mean buying an American car?  Generic Other   Sep-11-11 12:46 PM   #112 
     - You would think so, but (somehow) it's much more complicated than that...  Romulox   Sep-11-11 12:54 PM   #115 
        - Heh.  Brickbat   Sep-11-11 04:12 PM   #117 
           - Here's VIDEO of a large vehicle HITTING the strikers in August  Generic Other   Sep-11-11 04:30 PM   #118 
              - Fuck the company, and fuck the scabs.  Brickbat   Sep-11-11 04:33 PM   #122 
              - Kinda explains the anger, no?  Generic Other   Sep-11-11 04:44 PM   #123 
                 - Believe me, I fully understand union anger first-hand.  Brickbat   Sep-11-11 10:12 PM   #130 
                    - I have been disheartened by all the vile comments I have seen posted  Generic Other   Sep-11-11 10:59 PM   #141 
              - What's the dope on the driver of the car who rammed into  lumpy   Sep-11-11 11:02 PM   #143 
                 - No charges no arrest nothing  Generic Other   Sep-11-11 11:26 PM   #144 
  - Thank you for continuing to report on this  suffragette   Sep-11-11 04:32 PM   #121 
  - I feel angry that no one expresses outrage when the union is attacked  Generic Other   Sep-11-11 04:46 PM   #124 
     - I agree with you  suffragette   Sep-11-11 05:43 PM   #125 
     - and i too stand with the ILWA and you and generic.  iemitsu   Sep-11-11 11:00 PM   #142 
     - Not everyone Generic  socialist_n_TN   Sep-11-11 06:53 PM   #127 
  - Waterfront Workers History Project Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies  Generic Other   Sep-12-11 10:54 AM   #148 
 

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