Saturday, April 16, 2011

Rally to Defend ILWU Local 10" call to action from "Transport Workers Solidarity Committee"
2011-04-25 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
PMA Office
555 Market Street
Between 1st and 2nd Streets
San Francisco, CA
An injury to one is an injury to all!
The labor movement is under attack from Wisconsin to California and from New York and Ohio to Arizona. And we're beginning to fight back. On April 4th when working people across this country demonstrated in solidarity with the Wisconsin state workers, the longshore workers of Local 10 in San Francisco did what they've always done, implemented their union's slogan, "An injury to one is an injury to all." According to news media, the ports of San Francisco and Oakland were shut down in solidarity with the workers in Wisconsin.
ILWU Local 10 has been the moral compass of the American labor movement. Now the employers' group, the Pacific Maritime Association, is trying to put an end to workers' solidarity actions by intimidating the longshore union through a court suit. Their bullying tactics must be stopped. ILWU Local 10 and the San Francisco Labor Council are organizing a broad defense campaign. There will be an EMERGENCY DEFENSE MEETING at Local 10 located near Fisherman's Wharf at 400 North Point Street (corner of Mason) Thursday April 14 at 7PM in the Henry Schmidt room. Be there to defend organized labor, civil liberties, the antiwar movement and immigrant workers' rights!

2011-04-14 "ILWU Sued After Solidarity Work Stoppage Shut Ports on April 4th"
ILWU Responds to Pacific Maritime Assn. Lawsuit with Sit-In and Emergency Defense Meeting
The San Francisco Labor Council has called for the full support of ILWU Local 10 after it was sued by the PMA (Pacific Maritime Association) for the participation of its members in a "We Are One" solidarity action with Wisconsin workers which shut down the ports in Oakland and San Francisco on April 4, 2011. A resolution was passed unanimously at the San Francisco Labor Council on April 11th and the first emergency defense meeting to organize for action and solidarity will take place on Thursday, April 14th at 7pm. Individuals and other unions are encouraged to come and show support.
On April 12th, approximately 18 ILWU members from locals 10, 6, 54, and SEIU 1021 held a sit-in at the offices of the PMA in Oakland in response to the lawsuit and to protest the lockout of their members in Concord. The PMA refused to meet with the delegation. After several hours demonstrators decided to leave for a rally at the entrance of the building. They were joined by other members who had left the docks to support them.

2011-04-13 "ILWU Members And Supporters Sit-In At Oakland PMA Office Photos"
by Labor Video Project []
Approximately 18 ILWU members and supporters had an several hour occupation of the PMA offices in Oakland on April 12, 2011, to protest the lockout of their members in Concord by the Pacific Maritime Association. The PMA has also sued the ILWU Local 10, its president and other locals to try to destroy the union hall.
They left later for a rally at the entrance of the building to be joined by members who had left the docks to support them.

"Hands Off Local 10" Says ILWU Local 10 Leader Clarence Thomas at 4/10/2011 SF Anti-War Rally
At an San Francisco anti-war rally on 4/10/2011, ILWU Local 10 past Secretary Treasurer and Executive Board member Clarence Thomas called for full support to the ILWU Local.
The local has been sued by the Pacific Maritime Association PMA for stopping work on the national day of action for Wisconsin workers on April 4, 2011.
Thomas called for full support to the local in its battle with the PMA.
More information on ILWU Local 10 at ILWU Struggles 1984-2010, The Struggle Continues

The following resolution, introduced by Dave Welsh of the Letter Carriers' Union, unanimously passed the San Francisco Labor Council on April 11, 2011.
Whereas, the delegates meeting of the Council voted unanimously on March 14 that "in the event that a Council affiliate votes to engage in an industrial action on April 4, the San Francisco Labor Council will call on all its support such action......" and
Whereas, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 10 and its President Richard Mead are being sued in court by maritime employers of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) for a 24 hour shutdown of the Port of Oakland on April 4 a National Day of Action called by the AFL-CIO and a day for which ILWU International President McEllrath on March 8th called for mobilizing in solidarity with the workers of Wisconsin; and
Whereas, each rank and file member of Local 10 made this selfless choice to stand up for public workers in Wisconsin and for all workers in the best tradition of the longshore union, as they have done since the Big Strike of 1934 and the historic San Francisco General Strike which built the foundation for the trade union movement in this city and on the West Coast, and
Whereas, these same maritime employers were unsuccessful in their attempt to use the slave labor Taft-Hartley Act to stop the ILWU from carrying out a Local 10-initiated coastwide shutdown of all ports on May Day 2008 to demand an end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, a first-ever in U.S. labor history, and
Whereas, Local 10, the heart and soul of the San Francisco labor movement, is now under attack for implementing the principled labor slogan "An Injury to One Is An Injury To All",
Therefore be it resolved, that the San Francisco Labor Council, consistent with its March 14th resolution, initiate a broad defense campaign of ILWU Local 10 by setting up a defense committee in close collaboration with Local 10 by contacting and mobilizing the Labor Councils and AFL-CIO of the Bay Area, California and nationally and
Be it further resolved, that the first step in this campaign will be to call for a mass mobilization of all Bay Area Labor Councils and the California AFL-CIO to rally in front of PMA headquarters in San Francisco on Monday April 25th to demand that the court suit be dropped and that the vindictive lynch mob procedures against the union in the arbitration be halted immediately, and
Be it finally resolved that ILWU Local 10 be commended for its solidarity action and that we request that the state and national AFL-CIO do likewise.

It's time for mass mobilization to fight back!
Please come if you can and get your union/organization to support.
ILWU 10 Defense Committee Formed-Meeting April 14, 2011 7:00 PM on the 2nd Flat the Henry Schmidt Room, 400 North Point St/Mason St. San Francisco

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