ILWU To Shut Down West Coast Ports – May 1st
US West Coast dockers:
1st May Workers Action to Stop the War
26 Feb 08

ILWU letter to AFL-CIO Pres. John J. Sweeney

العربية (Word)

M/S/C as amended

WHEREAS: On May 1, 2003, at the ILWU Convention in San Francisco resolutions were passed calling for an end to the war and occupation in Iraq; and

WHEREAS: ILWU took the lead among labor unions in opposing this bloody war and occupation for imperial domination; and

WHEREAS: Many unions and the overwhelming majority of the American people now oppose this bipartisan and unjustifiable war in Iraq and Afghanistan but the two major political parties, Democrats and Republicans continue to fund the war; and

WHEREAS: Millions worldwide have marched and demonstrated against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but have been unable to stop the wars; and

WHEREAS: ILWU’s historic dock actions,

1) like the refusal of Local 10 longshoremen to load bombs for the military dictatorship in Chile in 1978 and military cargo to the Salvadoran military dictatorship in 1981 and

2) the honoring of the teachers’ union antiwar picket May 19, 2007 against SSA in the port of Oakland stand as a limited but shining example of how to oppose these wars; and

WHEREAS: The spread of war in the Middle East is threatened with U. S. air strikes in Iran or possible military intervention in Syria or the destabilized Pakistan;


That it is time to take labor’s protest to a more powerful level of struggle by calling on unions and working people in the U. S. and internationally to mobilize for a “No Peace No Work Holiday” May 1, 2008 for 8 hours to demand an immediate end to the war and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan and the withdrawal of U. S. troops from the Middle East; and


That a clarion call from the ILWU be sent with an urgent appeal for unity of action to the AFL-CIO, the Change to Win Coalition and all of the international labor organizations to which we are affiliated to bring an end to this bloody war once and for all.

Submitted by:

ILWU Local 10

passed overwhelmingly after thorough debate

If you need any further information or wish to send messages of support and solidarity please contact Bob McEllrath, International President, ILWU, 1188 Franklin Street, San Francisco, California 94109.

Tel: (+1 415) 775 0533 Fax: (+1 415) 775 1302. Email: robert.mcellrath [at]

Messages of support and solidarity should also be sent to ILWU Local 10 President Melvin Mackay
fax (+1 415) 441 0610 and/or melmackay [at]

Please send copies to dockers [at] (sacked Liverpool dockers)

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One response to “ILWU To Shut Down West Coast Ports – May 1st

  1. Susan Nunn

    I am a 29 year member of IBEW local 46 (seattle), and I was surprised to hear about this Mayday Protest from a health-care worker (I was getting a blood test) instead of my union…I recently received our monthly newsletter…Zip!

    I presume when you say the you are shutting down West Coast Ports you are including Seattle! As a shipyard electrician, and as a person who will be affected by we need to know about this! Please light a fire under someone in the Seattle ILWU local to get the word out. Pacific Metal Trades, also…

    They have supported us unfailingly in the past and, of course, this stupid “war” affects all of us.

    Hope to read something in the April issue of the “Sparks” our monthly newsletter…

    Susan Nunn

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