“There is no one here, the streets are dead,” says Oakland, CA trucker
OAKLAND, CA. An initial ABC KGO NEWS report by Katie Hammer today states that “Several members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union blocked the entrance to a railroad shipping yard at the Port of Oakland. Hundreds are also expected to protest along the Embarcadero in San Francisco on Thursday afternoon. In all, 25,000 workers are walking off their jobs, at 29 ports.”
Longshoreman plan on being absence up and down the coast today, May 1. This day was picked this day to coincide with the five year anniversary of when Bush declared victory in Iraq, under the very controversial ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner. And it’s the first time in many years the ILWUK has gone on strike to protest a war.
The news reported that some truckers got early word of the protest and others were very surprised by the lack of activity at the Port of Oakland. The report quoted Morton Collins, a trucker: “There is no one here, the streets are dead. I was told that there was no offshore workers here today. I’m going to be behind schedule by one day.” A labor arbitrator has threatened to fire the employees if they don’t report to work today. [For this article, go here.]