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May Day - Portland Oregon - 2008

Number of May Day events:

Noon: Flowers in the River event by ILWU Local 8 Rank and File

10am to 4pm PSU No Peace, No School!!! A Day of Action!!!
"End the War-It's Up to Us: A Community Information and Strategy Session."

4pm March and Rally-Day of Solidarity for Workers and Immigrant Rights
Stop the War! Bring the troops home now!
Flowers in the River event by ILWU Local 8 Rank and File:

May first is International Workers Day, celebrated the world over to remember the fight for the eight hour day in the United States. This year Local 8 rank and file are co-sponsoring 4pm Rally and March for Immigrants Rights and Workers' Rights Sponsoring our noon event against the Iraq war. Local 8 rank and file have long opposed the War on Iraq. We are lifting our voices once again against this war that should never have begun in the first place and continues as a means to secure oil from the East to feed the power-hungry West.

More than 4,000 U.S. Soldiers and at least 100,000 Iraqi citizens have died.

In protest of this terrible carnage we will place 800 flowers in the Willamette
River, each one representing 5 U.S. soldiers dead. We would like to remember also
the Iraqi dead, but flowers to represent them would fill the river.This Flowers in
the River event will take place on the floating dock just North of the Burnside
Bridge. There is a stairway from the Burnside Bridge going down to the Esplanade on
the South side of the bridge above the east bank. There is also access at the East
end of the Morrison Bridge.All are welcome.

Please contact Peter Parks for further information: 503-896-0508,  peterparks@speakeasy.net.

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PSU May Day: No Peace, No School!!!

A Day of Action!!!

"End the War-It's Up to Us: A Community Information and Strategy Session."
Inspired by the International Longshore Workers Union's call to Demonstrate on May Day to End the War and Bring the Troops Home.

Panel speaking from 1pm until 2 pm. -
PSU's Food for Thought Café, in the Smith Center BasementJon Lacore PSU Vet Experience Sean Cruz MFSO Layton Borkan Iraq Vets Re-entry At PSU
*Dan Shea Veterans for Peace Chapter 72, Labor and PDX Peace *
Other Workshops throughout the day 10-am-4 pm

* Brief talks on key issues by faculty, students and community members
*music and performance* a culminating strategy session
* films-in a separate room.

PSU's Food for Thought Café, in the Smith Center Basement. 10-am-4 pm.
Open to the public.
For more information write  maydaypsu@gmail.com

Co-sponsors: American Friends Service Committee, Amnesty International-PSU Chapter, Associated Students of Portland State University, Food for Thought Café, International Socialist Organization, Jobs with Justice, Lincoln High School Anti-War Club, Military and Draft Counsellng Project, North American Solidarity, PDX Peace Coalition, PSU Chapter of the American Association of
University Professors-Executive Council, PSU Faculty Association, AFT, AFL-CIO, St.
Mary's High School Peace Club, Students for Unity, Veterans for Peace 72

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Clash Ahead Over Longshore Union War Protest
By George RaineThe San Francisco Chronicle, 26 April 2008
 http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/042808LA.shtml

Members of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union are proceeding with plans for a work stoppage at 29 West Coast ports on May 1 to protest the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, despite the fact that union leadership has withdrawn its request to waterfront employers that they
accommodate closure of the ports. Planning for the protest began in February when the Longshore Caucus, the highest decision-making body for the 25,000 members of the longshore division within the ILWU, overwhelmingly approved a resolution in support of a day of protest. According to its contract, the ILWU is entitled to schedule a 'stop-work meeting' each month to discuss union business. It must give adequate advance notice to employers, who are represented by the Pacific Maritime
Association, a group of shipowners, stevedore companies and terminal operators that
negotiates labor contracts on their behalf.

The PMA routinely grants these requests, but only for meetings that are to be held during the second work shift, beginning in the evening. For the war protest, the ILWU said it wanted stop-work time during the day, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the busiest cargo-handling shift of the day. After the matter
was approved by the caucus, ILWU President Bob McEllrath said on the ILWU Web site, 'The caucus has spoken on this important issue, and I've notified the employers about our plans for stop-work meetings on May 1.' However, in March, the president of PMA, James McKenna, said he would not agree to the request. Employers do not want the ports to be shut during the first, or day shift, as it would be disruptive to the flow of cargo. The PMA said Friday that about 10,000 containers are loaded and unloaded coastwide during an eight-hour day.

On April 8, the union leadership withdrew the stop-work request for May 1. The employers wanted the union to convey the withdrawal to its members, but management sources said it was unclear whether
that had happened. So the PMA took the issue to an arbitrator. On Thursday, he issued an opinion that the union is obligated to inform members that the request has been withdrawn. There was no mention of the matter on the ILWU Web site on Friday.

Craig Merrilees, a spokesman for the ILWU, issued a statement seemingly supportive of a war protest: 'The Longshore Caucus resolution calling on all locals to honor May 1 by taking action to end the war and bring the troops home safely from Iraq continues to move forward. Various voluntary rallies and public demonstrations are scheduled for May Day.'

The protest was advanced by Jack Heyman, a longshore worker who is a member of the Local 10 Executive Board. He said Friday he expects the ports to be shut down May 1. He added, 'I have never seen our membership so resolute on a given issue.' He said it was Vietnam War veterans in the caucus who drove the discussion. Steve Getzug, a spokesman for the PMA, said, 'They informed us they had dropped their demand for a stop-work meeting May 1. An arbitrator has ruled they inform their members, and in light of that we hope the day (May 1) will come and go without disruption.' Heyman and other organizers said there will be a rally at noon May 1 at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco. Speakers will include activists Danny Glover, Cindy Sheehan and Daniel Ellsberg.In the meantime, the PMA and ILWU are negotiating a labor contract. The current contract expires July 1.