Monday, December 5, 2011

Something to address the issue of The Port of Oakland not being able to "afford" the strikes.

Regarding the full page ad that the Port Of Oakland took out to write a letter against the December 12th West Coast Port Shutdown.

The Port Of Oakland does NOT represent the workers at the port.
They represent the corporations.
The Port Of Oakland are the ones whom the workers battle with over pay and benefits.

When The Port Of Oakland says: "We cannot afford to be shutdown again", the "we" they are referring to are international shipping companies, like SSA, half-owned by Goldman Sachs.

If the 1% can't afford shutdowns like this, we're on to something.

The 1% co-ordinated nationwide brutal attacks on the Occupy Wall Street movement. We are taking the battle to them.

This is in solidarity with Longshoremen in Longview, WA, who are battling against the international grain exporter, EGT, who is using union-busting tactics against the workers.

Longshoremen will not lose pay with the blockade. We will create a "safety issue" by being there. The arbitrator will rule it unsafe for workers, since this is an action not "officially" sanctioned by ILWU. Therefore, the longshoremen will go home with pay.

This is also in solidarity with the underpaid, largely immigrant truck drivers, whose fight for higher wages and benefits have been thwarted by Goldman Sachs.

The big bosses will always tell you that it's against your own best interest to fight them. Don't believe the hype.

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