From the open publishing newswire: "The ILWU (International Longshore And Warehouse Union) contract with Pacific Maritime Authority expired on July 1st, and the PMA still hasn't made an acceptable proposal - so the workers are still without a contract. Meanwhile, the Bush administration has been threatening to send in the military to take over their jobs to pre-empt any action on the part of the ILWU - they claim that a strike or slow-down would threaten national security. Additionally, large corporations who use the ports most, including Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, and The Gap, are pushing the federal government to intervene in negotiations. |
"This contract fight not only affects the thousands of Longshore Union members up and down the West Coast, but also all other contract struggles coming up - reaching working people everywhere." "Join Jobs with Justice to tell the West Coast Waterfront Coalition and their corporate members NO MORE FEDERAL INTERFERENCE IN PRIVATE LABOR NEGOTIATIONS."
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