Friday, January 23, 2004
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Longshore Union to Shut down Port on March 20 to Protest War on Iraq
"An Injury to One is an Injury to All" is the slogan of the INTERNATIONAL LONGSHORE AND WAREHOUSE UNION (ILWU)
As the body count of Iraqi civilians approaches 10,000 (with a minimum if 8,037 and a maximum of 9,874 reported this morning), and over 500 America soldiers dead, the peace community prepares for a Global Day of Action on March 20.
Long in the forefront of anti-war movements, ILWU Local 10 announces its stop work action in support of this peace effort.
Letter from Jack Heyman, ILWU Local 10, San Francisco:
Longshore Union to Shut Down Port
On March 20 to Protest War on Iraq
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
The San Francisco longshore union voted at our last membership meeting to hold a
"stop work" meeting on March 20th to protest the war in Iraq. We will demand an
end to the war, an end to the occupation and the immediate withdrawal of all
U.S. troops now!
This is not a "strike." We are implementing a provision within our contract that
permits us to stop work once a month for a "stop work" meeting. We are trying to
organize all ports on the U.S. West Coast to take the same action as Local 10.
If they decide to follow our lead, it will send a powerful working class message
to the warmongers in Washington that we don't support imperial wars like the one
We used this same tactic successfully in 1999 to shut down West Coast ports to
demand freedom for framed black political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. Longshoremen
in Los Angeles last month used their "stop work" meeting to mobilize support for
the striking grocery workers in Southern California.
We hope this action by U.S. longshore workers will help put an end to the
needless slaughter in Iraq.
ILWU Local 10
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