Wednesday, January 11, 2012

U.S. military to escort a scab grain ship into the port of Longview, Washington

The Armed Forces disastrously interfered with labor the during the Pullman Strike


By Doug Cunningham
The San Francisco Labor Council has passed a resolution condemning the use of the U.S. military to escort a scab grain ship into the port of Longview, Washington. 

The ILWU has put out a national call to action to meet the ship at the port when EGT tries to load it with grain in violation of EGT’s agreement with the port to use ILWU labor. 

EGT is trying to bust the ILWU and the union is calling for a massive protest at the port when that scab ship comes in within the next few weeks. 

The San Francisco Labor Council resolution says in part that this is the first use of the U.S. military to intervene on management’s side in a labor dispute in forty years. 

The labor council says the use of armed forces against labor unions is something you expect to see in a police state. 

ILWU President Bob McEllrath says “corporations, no matter how harmful their conduct to society, enjoy full state and federal protection while workers and the middle class get treated as criminals for trying to protect their jobs and communities." 

Thousands of workers are expected to answer the ILWU’s call to action to come meet the ship.

Rightardia wonders what this is about. Obama needs labor to win the next election. Wake up, DNC! 


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