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12.12.2011 17:34
Port of Longview shutdown!!
About 150 union members and supporters picketed the port of Longview today and shut down the port in support of ILWU members' fight against EGT. Supporters from Occupy Longview, Occupy Astoria, Occupy Vancouver, and many union members from Portland and southwest Washington picketed and sang for several hours in front of the port gate. At around 9am, word came through that all ILWU members would not be going in to work and would be paid for the day.

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11.12.2011 13:49
Video: Mike tells Individuals For Justice West Coast Port Blockade
Filmed at the "Stop the F-ing War" protest on Friday, Mike stops by to tell us about the West Coast Port Blockade and hand out fliers for the Monday protest/strike.

This is a short informative video about the Monday protest / strike at a dozen west coast ship yards.

Mike (who just lost his job due to union organizing) tells the Individuals For Justice protesters, on the Hawthorne bridge, what the Port Strike is about and how to get more information.

Mike tells about West Coast Port Blockade in Portland on 12/12/11

And Mike had one more thing to say about organizing and union solidarity around labor justice and injustice at OSPRIG.

Mike starts a Union and gets fired - Portland Rally planned for 12-15-11
A 2 minute video clip.

He was fired from his job, after 4 years, for organizing a union at OSPRIG.


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09.12.2011 23:16
Video: Press Release - WEST COAST PORT BLOCKADES - PORTLAND
A 15 minute video from the press announcement outside of the World Trade building on 2nd street. A half dozen speakers talk about the upcoming West Coast Port Closing on Monday 12/12/11. Members of the press and community attended this, and one police officer.

Occupy Portland: West Coast Port Shut Down on 12-12-11

This was recorded on 12/9/11 "Press Announcement for WEST COAST PORT BLOCKADES in Portland Oregon ((( i )))

@occupytheport http://westcoastportshutdown.org/

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08.12.2011 17:46
Close the Ports!
occupy the ports! Close the Ports this Monday!

Meet up at 6am at Kelley Point Park. The #16 goes straight there. Stop the first shift, which starts at 8am. Meet up again at 4pm to stop the evening shift, which starts at 6pm. Workers show up half an hour before shifts start.

There will be meet up points for folks to car pool and catch buses from SE and NE. Also, bike swarms leaving at 2pm from all sectors of Portland. Check the shutdowntheport website for details. We need numbers! Come out!

UPDATE: On Friday, 12/9, at 11 AM, Organizers will be hosting a press conference in front of the World Trade Center at SW 2nd Avenue and Salmon Street in downtown Portland. Workers, veterans, occupiers, and other community members will speak out about shutting down Wall Street on the Waterfront. For more information, please contact Kari at 503-567-8694.


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20.11.2011 05:52
Coordinated West Coast Port Shutdown
Proposal for a Coordinated West Coast Port Shutdown, Passed With Unanimous Consensus by vote of the Occupy Oakland General Assembly 11/18/2012: In response to coordinated attacks on the occupations and attacks on workers across the nation:

Occupy Oakland calls for the blockade and disruption of the economic apparatus of the 1% with a coordinated shutdown of ports on the entire West Coast on December 12th. The 1% has disrupted the lives of longshoremen and port truckers and the workers who create their wealth, just as coordinated nationwide police attacks have turned our cities into battlegrounds in an effort to disrupt our Occupy movement.

We call on each West Coast occupation to organize a mass mobilization to shut down its local port. Our eyes are on the continued union-busting and attacks on organized labor, in particular the rupture of Longshoremen jurisdiction in Longview Washington by the EGT. Already, Occupy Los Angeles has passed a resolution to carry out a port action on the Port Of Los Angeles on December 12th, to shut down SSA terminals, which are owned by Goldman Sachs.

 http://www.occupyoakland.org/

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20.09.2011 08:17
Labor/Antiwar Folksinger George Mann at Red and Black Cafe September 25
Poster for Concert NYC-based George Mann brings a new concert program, "200 Years of Struggle in Song," to The Red and Black Cafe with special guests Jay Russo from "General Strike" and Rose Darke on Fiddle!

Sunday, September 25 at the RED and BLACK Cafe
400 SE 12th Avenue
7:00 PM

With special appearances by Rose Darke and Jay Russo

George created and produced the "Hail to the Thief!" anti-Bush CD series, which featured such folk legends as Tom Paxton, Utah Phillips, Billy Bragg and Magpie, and his work with veterans, unions and anti-war groups has kept him on the front lines for 20 years. He produced a new compilation CD, "Until You Come Home: Songs for Veterans and their Kin" and his latest solo CD, "Songs for Jules and Bruce," was released last year. George will present a program of song and narrative, "200 Years of Struggle in Song," in the first hour, and sing many songs from the catalogue of folk and labor music in this concert. Come on down!

On the Web:
georgemann.org
untilyoucomehome.com
homepage:  http://www.georgemann.org

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09.09.2011 09:49
Washington State Longshoremen show us how to get it done; dump scab grain and stop trains!
Longshore Workers' protest Washington State Longshore Workers Dump Scab Grain to Protect Jobs Before dawn today, 500 people broke down terminal gates, prevented security guards from interfering, and cut the train's brake lines.

[Comment:]The ILWU has had to deal with more than their fair share of abuse in the past couple weeks; This [Utube] video shows footage of August 29, 2011

This disturbing video shows an unidentified driver plowing a large vehicle through a nonviolent worker demonstration at the EGT grain facility at the Port of Longview, Washington. The car appears to speed up as it strikes two of the workers. One of the workers is pushed several feet as the car continues moving, and the driver doesn't slow down or render aid. The driver of the vehicle has not been arrested for assaulting the workers, for failing to render aid or for leaving the scene of an accident.

EGT is a joint venture of Bunge, STX Pan Ocean, and Itochu. EGT has contracted with General Construction Company, employer of Operating Engineers Local 701, to do the work that is the long-established jurisdiction of the men and women of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 21.

Full Story

UPDATES at: Longshore & Shipping News and more video at: Teamster Nation

BACKGROUND at: Teamsters 117 website


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10.08.2011 11:26
Video: Papa Murphy's Protest 3. - Portland Oregon pizza workers continue protest 8.5.11
papa murphy's protest 3 This is the third protest for the workers at the 15th and NE Fremont street Papa Murphy's Pizza. With management ignoring the vast majority of the requests by the workers ... the protest continue.
This was pizza workers protest #3 with no progress to speak of from management at Papa Murphy's in Portland Oregon. Around 40 young people organizing through Y.E.R. met for a few hours to alert their community of their struggle. A struggle for dignity, respect, laws and workers rights.

 http://youtu.be/gnSAIeycXCs (Video 10 minutes)

(Related PIMC links)
1.  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2011/08/409656.shtml #3 announcement
2.  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2011/07/409471.shtml #2 protest
3.  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2011/07/409167.shtml #1 protest

homepage:  http://www.joeanybody.com/id13.html

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24.07.2011 22:27
Video: Papa Murphy's Protest 2. - Portland Oregon pizza workers Rise Up
Filmed on July 22 2011 in Portland Oregon on NE 15th and Fremont This is the second protest that is been organized in the last month, regarding these pizza workers. Young people are standing publicly to expose the unfair treatment of workers at the pizza restaurant in their community. Demanding justice, the management ignores their demands. This is protest is number #2 outside Papa Murphy's Pizza on NE 15th and Fremont in Portland Oregon.

"Wanna Know what all the Fuss is? ... Were Standing up for Justice".

The 15 minute video of Protest #2 is on YouTube here:
Papa Murphy's Pizza Protest #2 Portland

The number of protesters grows to 5o at the height of their 4 hour protest on Friday July 22.

Over 200 hundred flyer's were handed out.

Food, chanting , speeching and community interaction.

Related links:
Protest Two announcement on PIMC
Protest One on PIMC

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19.07.2011 07:34
IWW Benefit, Thursday July 21st @ Alberta Rose Theatre
A benefit show for the local chapter of the Industrial Workers of the
World. The show will have Chris Chandler and Paul Benoit, doing songs,
stories and poems.

Thursday, July 21st, 8 pm (doors open at 7)
Alberta Rose Theatre
3000 NE Alberta St.
Portland, Oregon

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11.07.2011 08:23
The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill
Joe Hill "labor organizer, musician, song writer, revolutionary" was executed in 1915 by the state of Utah for a crime that many believe he did not commit. Now there's proof.

Big Bill Haywood used to call revolutionary industrial unionism, the organizing philosophy of the Industrial Workers of the World, "socialism with its working clothes on." Writing for the "International Socialist Review" from his prison cell, Joe Hill offered an example of such hands-on belief. Hill had recently arrived in Utah from the docks of California where many of the jobs were temporary. Therefore it was "to the interest of the workers 'to make the job last' as long as possible," Hill wrote in his article, "How to Make Work for the Unemployed."

 http://themanwhoneverdied.com/

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07.07.2011 13:30
Video: Portland Rising - June 30 2011 - 7 Actions with JWJ and many others
The 7 action bus tour with Job With Justice and many others in Solidarity for workers cotracts and rights.

3 buses go to seven stops
The longer version video will be coming soon

 http://youtu.be/qcYe_2sCWxI
(15 min video)

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04.07.2011 11:16
Video; Papa Murphy's Workers Protest 7.1.11
Employees and friends of the workers, of Portland pizza company, protest on 15th and Fremont.

This was filmed on NE 15th and Fremont in Portland.

These workers and friends were protesting the management of the Papa Murphy's pizza company.

In frustration on trying to work any resolution to unfair labor conditions the workers are taking it to the streets.

This was their first day out telling the community how their working conditions have deteriorated.

 http://youtu.be/S-pk2B5OHt8 [6 minute video]

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29.06.2011 16:07
SEIU Rally June 30 at Portland State Office Building
BREAKING: Big Business Lobbyists Trying to Pass Last-Minute Corporate Tax Break in Salem Oregon Senate Bill 817 gives 78 million to corporations and balances the budget on the middle class working folks. We have just learned the Oregon Senate might vote TODAY on the creation of a new tax credit being pushed by an out-of-state venture capital firm. It could cost the state a whopping $78 million over five years. It would be FAR better to invest those millions on schools and healthcare!

Sisters & brothers: Save the Date! Join us for a rally, visit from Portland Rising, and an informational picket* Governor is asking us to take 10% to 20% pay cuts SEIU 503 --sublocal OHA 219 --AFSCME and other unions are invited to let the state know we are united

Portland State Office Building Rally for a Fair Contract
June 30 (contract expiration date)
Noon - 1 PM, PSOB main entrance
800 NE Oregon Street (near Lloyd Center off max)

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20.03.2011 20:44
VICTORY FOR LABOR: Janus Workers and the Portland IWW
After four weeks of informational picketing, everyday for 2 hours outside of Janus Youth Programs' main office at 707 NE Couch St, workers at the Streetlight/Porchlight shelters and at Harry's Mother finally gained the right to keep their peer review panel. Janus workers and the IWW would like to thank the members of the community who have supported them in this effort, including Portland's Jobs with Justice.

A victory for one is a victory for all.

Major Victory for Janus Workers and the Portland IWW

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27.02.2011 10:58
Video: Salem Oregon Solidarity Rally with Wisconsin
Rally held in Salem Oregon in support of the protests by labor unions and their supporters in Wisconsin. About 800 people showed up at the state capital as part of a nationally organized event taking place in all state capitals nationwide.

Salem Oregon Solidarity Rally with Wisconsin

After some music by an excellent bank various speakers took the microphone to lend their voice and support to the struggle taking place in Wisconsin between a Republican administration and public employee labor unions in that state. The protest has gone nation wide and many labor unions have demonstrated their support for the protest.

Allegedly due to fiscal problems, Governor Scott Walker is proposing a budget bill that would strip collective bargaining rights from public employees.

Speakers included various new and old school labor leaders, a student, two women from Wisconsin, a young Latina, and a man urging folks to join the movement to end Corporate Personhood.
There are various groups working to that end in this country, but the one he was talking about is the Move to Amend the U.S. Constitution and "firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights."

The event finished with the entire gathering reading in unison a passage sculpted in stone on the north wall of the State Capital.
The text reads: " A free state is formed and maintained by the voluntary union of the whole people, joined together under the same body of laws, for the common welfare and the sharing of benefits justly apportioned."

Video is about 14 minutes in length.
homepage: http://www.PhilosopherSeed.org


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21.02.2011 10:53
Labor Rally Olympia
Monday February 21, Noon, Capitol Rotunda, Olympia

People from many unions will gather in the rotunda of our state capitol in Olympia on presidents' day. We'll gather to oppose nationwide & federal attacks on organized labor & on all workers & on people in general. We'll offer solidarity with sisters & brothers in Madison & elsewhere. The gulf between rich & poor must end. THIS is the moment!

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19.02.2011 12:50
Video: Labor Picket at Janus Youth Programs Office
Interview with Jonathan Demery, picketing at Janus Youth Program offices at 707 NE Couch Street in Portland Oregon. This local non profit runs the Street Light and Porch Light Shelters as well as Harry's Mother Youth Program.

[VIDEO:] Picket at Janus Youth Program
Video interview is about 7 minutes in length.
This is an ongoing Direct Action picket, everyday, Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 11:00 am, at the Janus Youth Program offices in Portland Oregon.
According to Jonathan, and literature handed out at the picket, the management at the non profit have tied their agreement for the newest labor contract and very small raises to replacing the present Peer Review Panel with a Mandatory Arbitration.

"Basically what we are asking for is what we've had for ten years, which is a Peer Review Panel, which allows for people who have been fired to have their peers sit on a panel, review the case and decide if the firing was fair or not. And our managers are saying that they won't sign the contract with the Portland workers and with the International Workers of the World (IWW) unless the workers give up their fight for this panel and agree to have binding arbitration,.......which would cost $1500.000 a day."
"This would make it unfeasible for workers to have any meaningful democratic oversight into discharged employees."

The non profit organization is mostly funded from City, County and State grants, and so, this is community money that could be used on local youth programs.

Jonathan states that Janus is "hierarchical and are not allowing for workers or the Community to have any input on these issues. They are basically top down decisions that are being made, we are being told that we just have to live with them."
Jonathan further states that the top manager, Dennis Morrow, makes in excess of $156,000.00 a year, "while they can't give their workers who are running the program.......even $10.000 an hour in many cases, and they are trying to pressure us economically to give up some of the small worker rights that we've gained over the years that we believe in and want to keep."

Those who are holding this picket, the individual workers and the IWW, invite the community to support their efforts and join in the picket, which will continue until their demands are met.
IWW
2249 East Burnside
503-231-5488
portland.iwww@gmail.com

[Related PIMC post:]

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13.10.2010 14:06
Teach-in on Korean FTA discusses dangers
The investor protection clause in the Korean-US Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) - now pending in Congress - could be the biggest boon for big business since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and could clear the way for similar agreements with Colombia and Panama. On June 26, President Barack Obama said he would take steps toward ratifying the Korean agreement, which the Bush administration negotiated in 2007. The agreement is set to increase exports and jobs in certain sectors of the US economy. At the same time, however, imports will also increase and the US trade deficit with Korea will grow.

Arthur Stamoulis from the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, hosting a panel discussion on KORUS on Oct. 7, cited estimates that the FTA could double the trade deficit and eliminate over 800,000 US jobs... Investor protection allows multinational corporations to challenge the sovereignty of states. Enacting laws to promote the livability of the planet could be beholden to profit margins....But Barbara Dudley pointed out that investor protection could go beyond environmental degradation. The General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (GATT) has expanded to include services, including financial services. The current financial collapse is the result of deregulation of the US financial market. Now, there have been calls for oversight. FTAs, though, could give signatories excuses not to regulate, possibly leading to further financial meltdowns.

KORUS, like all other FTAs, is a horrible, potentially disastrous idea. But there has been resistance to its ratification. The Korean teachers' union has led a 10-day strike that prompted the entire cabinet, which advises the president, to offer their resignations.

Video Follow up of This Event 12.Oct.2010: A Growing Concern: the Korea Free Trade Agreement


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13.10.2010 11:51
The Significance of the October 2nd Demonstration in Washington, D.C.
It would be easy to miss the meaning of the October 2nd One Nation demonstration in Washington, D.C., given that all the media and many on the left focused their attention almost exclusively on the calls by top organizers of the action to vote for the Democrats in the coming election. This was, no doubt, part of the picture. But it was not the most important part.
The Significance of the October 2nd Demonstration in Washington, D.C.

It would be easy to miss the meaning of the October 2nd One Nation demonstration in Washington, D.C., given that all the media and many on the left focused their attention almost exclusively on the calls by top organizers of the action to vote for the Democrats in the coming election. This was, no doubt, part of the picture. But it was not the most important part.

In fact, the nearly 200,000 people who attended the event, almost all from unions, brought a different message. They were not there to support politicians; they were there to demand that the politicians support them. And they were insisting on demands that run directly counter to the Democratic Party platform.

 http://www.workerscompass.org

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08.10.2010 08:00
The Real Significance of the One Nation Rally
How are we to interpret the massive One Nation demonstration in Washington D.C. on October 2nd? Was this a rally to elect Democrats? A progressive movement hijacked by the Democratic Party? Or something else?
It's true that most of the speakers at the event chose to speak about the November elections, and the importance of defeating the Republicans. In the weeks leading up to the rally, some of the organizers and much of the media decided that the "elections" should overshadow the main demand of the demonstration -- jobs.

But, the vast majority of the demonstrators did not show up to kick off the election season finale, they came to demand change. In fact, the One Nation website says explicitly: demand the change we voted for!

The demonstrators thus demanded jobs, education, immigrant rights, peace, etc. A demand is not a friendly request, but a confrontational act which implies a threat: create jobs or else.

Even some of the rally's pro-Democrat speakers talked in demanding voices about "bailing out main street" and "jobs," while they encouraged people to vote Democrat in November.

Of course this doesn't add up. [...]

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