I would be seriously pissed if they prevented me from getting to work and getting paid. How preventing blue-collar workers from going to work is going to win friends and influence people....
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I just think that the protesters should have worked with the longshoreman union, and they should have spent some time and talked to the non-unionized truckers and worked with them as well. If they are concerned about the truckers then they should have spent some time learning about their grievances, helped the truckers organize if they wanted to, and allowed the truckers and the longshoreman to lead this action, not the occupiers.
In the end, you should notice that no one sent any police in to stop them. Why? Because they knew that the protestors were shooting themselves in the foot, so why should they stop them? I am very sympathetic to OWS and I think this action was just stupid, so you can imagine what how people who are not already sympathetic feel.
Last edited by nathanj63; 12-13-11 at 11:23 PM.
Here there is:
"A small number of workers were able to get paid yesterday for at least part of the day, but most were not," said Craig Merrilees, the ILWU spokesman. "They were turned away and told to go back home by the employers and told that they would not be paid."
I found the ILWU's statement saying that it isn't vetted by their union. I think the rank and file are very divided on this issue, as I've heard and read conflicting stories about the extent of the support/opposition of this action by the truckers and longshoremen.This letter is signed by 5 truckers. If you read different articles about the shuttdown (which I have), you can easily find 5 articles in which different truckers express displeasure in the protesters action. And if the truckers were in solidarity, why did the protestors have to physically block the truckers?
Anyways, I think it's important and telling of the state of the country and of unions nationwide that an essentially workerist action was undertaken by non-unionized workers and allies in an activist manner. FWIW I support the action on this basis but also recognize its limited scope and activist character. I think we're going to see a lot more activist and worker-activist actions in the next few months/years as rank-and-file union members, non-union workers and (perhaps more predominantly) other elements converge on economic and labor actions.
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