Motion in Defense of Portland ILWU Local 8 "NO SCABS IN PORTLAND!"
|Resolution in solidarity with locked out ILWU local 8
Friends and fellow workers:
Please consider putting this up on your websites, bringing it up in union locals and
other organizational contexts, and use it in whatever other ways that you think
might help build solidarity.
Thanks very much.
ILWU Local 5
Motion in Defense of ILWU Local 8
WHEREAS, on Saturday, May 4 Columbia Grain locked out members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), Local 8 in Portland; and
WHEREAS, this lockout is part of a union-busting offensive by the grain shippers cartel against the ILWU, beginning with erecting the scab EGT terminal threatening the jobs of ILWU Local 21 members in Longview, WA; and
WHEREAS, on February 27, United Grain locked out ILWU Local 4 members in Vancouver, WA and hired scabs and armed security guards from the professional union-busting firm J.R. Gettier; and
WHEREAS, across the river in Portland Columbia Grain has now escalated the attack on ILWU by doing the same thing to Local 8; and
WHEREAS, the grain monopolies act in collusion to lower standards for workers by locking out workers and busting unions; and
WHEREAS, ILWU's history has shown that solidarity is labor’s most effective means of defeating the bosses’ offensive; and
WHEREAS, members of the Japan Seamen’s Union (JSU) refused to open their hatches and allow scabs to load grain onto their ship in Vancouver; and
WHEREAS, on March 15 the Japanese rail workers union Doro-Chiba picketed the Mitsui Corporation, owners of United Grain, in solidarity with locked-out longshore workers in Vancouver, WA; and
WHEREAS, on May 1 longshore workers of ILWU Local 10 respected picket lines of longshore retirees at the Mitsui terminal in Port of Oakland protesting PMA's stealing of medical benefits and in solidarity with
locked-out ILWU members in Vancouver; and
WHEREAS, Portland is a union town, and PICKET LINES MEAN DO NOT CROSS;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that [union local xxx] will aid our sisters and brothers of ILWU Local 8 in building mass pickets at Columbia Grain at the Port of Portland, as well as rallies and other solidarity actions; and be it further
RESOLVED, that [union local xxx] will mobilize our membership to participate in the mass rally called by Local 8 to be held at Kelly Point Park at 12:00pm on June 1st to support ILWU Local 8 under the banner "AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL – NO SCABS IN PORTLAND!".
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