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Tue Jan 3, 2012, 01:43 AM

Join the Solidarity Caravan to Longview, Washington

ILWU rank and file, Occupies in Longview, Portland, Seattle, Oakland, LA and other West Coast Occupies are organizing to blockade a grain ship coming to Longview. This ship is intended to load scab cargo from the EGT terminal. The date won't be known until 3-4 days in advance, but is anticipated to be sometime in January.


There's a war going on against dockworkers and their families in Longview, Washington. Members of International Longshore & Warehouse Union Local 21 have been arrested, beaten and their homes have been raided. They are fighting to protect their union jobs against EGT, which is trying to break the ILWU's coast-wide contract, established after the 1934 San Francisco general strike and West Coast Maritime strike.

EGT, and their majority partner, Bunge NA, want to bust the ILWU, one of the most militant, progressive unions in the U.S. EGT has defied the contract with the Port of Longview and used scab labor to load its grain terminal. On Sept. 8 hundreds of angry longshore workers charged through the gates of the new EGT export grain terminal at Longview. EGT claims that grain was dumped from a 107-car train, and a cyclone fence torn down.

At a time when national union membership has dropped to a 70 year low of 11.9%, and private sector workers in unions fell to 6.9%, this is part of the 1%'s attack to drive us all to the bottom. Even at these low membership rates, nationally, median weekly wages for union members are $917, compared to $717 for workers not in unions. The 1% not only wants to take away that extra $200 from the remaining 14.7 million, who are unionized, but wants to destroy all unions, especially the militant ILWU, to keep us from organizing to take back what's rightfully ours.


EGT is part of "the 1%" a joint venture between U.S.-based Bunge North America, Japanese-based Itochu, and Korean-based STX Pan Ocean. A ship hoping to load scab cargo from the EGT terminal is expected to arrive in Longview early in 2012. If EGT is successful in its attack on the ILWU in Longview, it will have a ripple effect on all port workers on the West Coast.

The ILWU is a democratic, bottom-up union, with an activist rank and file, which has a strong history of support for community issues, standing up against Apartheid South Africa, against the war in Iraq, for the Wisconsin state workers' struggle against union busting. Bay Area ILWU Local 10 backed community protests about the police murder of Oscar Grant. They honored picket lines in Occupy Oakland's 11/2 General Strike and 12/12 West Coast Port Shutdown.

Caravans to Longview and support actions are being organized up and down the West Coast, nationally and internationally, to arrive in Longview to greet the STX ship coming to load the scab grain. The Bay Area's ILWU Local 10 has pledged support for ILWU Local 21's struggle against EGT and their union busting drive, funding a bus to Longview. The San Francisco Labor Council is on board.

If you want to be part of this critical working class struggle, please fill out the sign up form. We need you and your organization to commit to join the caravan, or other solidarity actions, and contribute to this important campaign of solidarity.

Again, the date won't be known until 3-4 days in advance, but is anticipated to be sometime in January. As soon as we have official word of the ship's pending arrival, we will contact you, by email and phone, to let you know it's time to mobilize to Longview. If you have a car, and are able to take others, please indicate this on the form. Supporters will also be renting vans and buses. If you want to be a passenger, again indicate so on the form.


Note: Bunge, NA, one of EGT's parent companies, is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, with offices in Washington, D.C. If you are in these areas, ask your local Occupy to organize solidarity actions in conjunction with the ship's arrival in Longview. EGT also has facilities in Chester and Kintyre Flats, Montana. They are also building a high capacity shuttle train loader in Carter, Montana. Bunge has locations all over the Midwest and South. To see if there is a location near you, see www.bungenorthamerica.com/locations/usa/index.shtml

Bail Out the People Movement
Solidarity Center
55 West 17th St 5C
New York, NY 10010
email: bailoutpeople.org/cmnt.shtml

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Thu Jan 5, 2012, 09:56 AM

1. A copy of the ILWU letter

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Fri Jan 6, 2012, 06:39 AM

2. Meeting at Seattle Labor Temple 1/6

An Injury to One is an Injury to ALL
from Union Busting Multi National EGT

Friday, JAN. 6TH
Hall 8
Seattle Labor Temple
2800 1st Ave
on 1st Ave between
Clay & Broad
north of downtown

invite your friends:

Speakers from:

* ILWU Local 21 (Longview)
* Occupy Oakland
* Occupy Seattle
* Million Workers' March Committee

4pm: planning meeting for solidarity caravans to Longview

6pm: roundtable discussion with speakers


The historic Dec 12th 2011 West Coast Port Shutdown revealed that the Occupy Movement has become a new type of movement of unemployed, low waged, and casualized workers both in the workplace and outside of it. We are the 89% of the US working class that is not unionized. Many of us are immigrants and women. We showed we are capable of shutting down the businesses which fuel Wall St. profit.

Some of us are also rank and file union members who realize that we need to expand beyond the limits of traditional labor struggle if we want to stop the attacks we are facing.

We are in solidarity with Occupy Longview and ILWU Local 21. EGT is a multinational conglomerate owned partially by Bunge, Inc, a grain cartel that controls 1/4 of the world's grain supply. They are trying to bust the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 21 by hiring scab labor in their new grain terminal. We won't let that happen. Some members of Occupy Seattle are preparing to join Occupy Oakland and Occupy Portland in a mass convergence in Longview. On the 6th, come learn more, get invovled, and prepare for this event.

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Ilwu Local 21
A Call to Action

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Ilwu Pres McEllrath:
Prepare to take action when Egt vessel arrives

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