Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Seattle Labor Solidarity Forum Disruption

On January 6, 2012, a labor solidarity forum called by Occupy Seattle was held to support Longview, WA International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 21 in its battle against union-busting by the giant EGT consortium. The event drew more than 200 people to the Labor Temple in downtown Seattle and featured four ILWU speakers. However, a couple dozen right-wing bureaucrats and hangers-on from the Seattle, Tacoma and Portland ILWU locals physically disrupted the meeting with yelling, pushing, shoving and punches, in attempt to prevent its democratic functioning. The speakers and many in the audience made clear that these bureaucratic thugs did not represent the ranks of labor by chanting "ILWU, ILWU" against the disrupters. The meeting ended with an appeal for all supporters of labor rights to come to Longview to protest the expected arrival of a ship to load the scab grain.

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