Longshore and Shipbuilding Workers Move Against War and Repression of Immigrants.

In Pascagoula Mississippi, almost 7,000 black and white men and women shipbuilders have been on strike since March 8 at the Ingalls Shipyard . Ingalls, the state’s largest employer, is owned by Northrup Grumman. While Bush & Co. move U.S. warships closer to Iran , Grumman has a $2.7 billion contract with the Navy.The strike shows that the working class has the power to stop the racist war makers, leaving an unfinished Navy destroyer and two freighters sitting silently. The strikers, who have not recovered from the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, have shut down one of the biggest war profiteers as the Iraq war marks its fourth anniversary. The strikers are from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 733 and the Pascagoula Metal Trades Council which represents 11 more unions.

Meanwhile, inside the military there are over 10,000 AWOLs, the redress petition, direct refusal of orders, passive resistence, recruitment is down, conscientious objectors and who knows what else- tremendous opporturnity for working class young people to lead the way towards undermining US Corporate capitalist plans to control the oil, and oil markets.

 

MAY DAY, 2007 : resolution from ILWU

WORKERS AND IMMIGRANT RIGHTS RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, Local 10 adopted a resolution for our April 2005 Longshore Caucus reclaiming May Day (May 1st) which commemorates the struggle for the 8 (eight) hour work day in the United States;

WHEREAS, Local 10 endorsed May 1st, 2006 and participated in the Great American Boycott to protest the criminalization of immigrant workers by legislation such as HR4437 and the Marine Transportation Security Acts criminal background checks on dock workers;

WHEREAS, On May 1st, 2006, 90% of the container cargo at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach was halted as the result of immigrant truckers not going to work;

WHEREAS, Agribusinesses such as Tyson Foods and Cargill closed down several of their plants in anticipation of immigrant workers not going to work on May 1, 2006 in support of immigrant rights;

WHEREAS, Our own Harry Bridges, an Australian immigrant worker, faced four prosecutions by the U.S. government, was wrongfully convicted, illegally imprisoned, fraudulently stripped of his citizenship, and his attorneys sent to jail for defending him;

WHEREAS, ILWU in 2008, will start very difficult contract negotiations with the employer which requires we start to mobilize our members and build coalitions; and

WHEREAS, Hornblower Cruises has yet to hire skilled and experienced ILWU and other union ferry workers as well as to negotiate a fair contract;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the membership instruct Local 10’s president to convey our intentions of having our stop work meeting on Tuesday, May 1st, 2007 at 9 a.m. to Pacific Maritime Association;

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Local 10 participates in the Great American Boycott II, in support of workers and immigrant rights, including the workers of Hornblower Cruises, on May Day, 2007 and that the ILWU Local 10 Drill Team perform; and

THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be sent to all ILWU locals, the International, and affiliated central labor councils.

February 13, 2007

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1 Response to “Longshore and Shipbuilding Workers Move Against War and Repression of Immigrants.”


  1. 1 Harold Bell March 28, 2007 at 4:45 am

    The Pascagoula Shipyard strikers deserve the support of all workers and students soldiers and sailors and anti-war activists.
    This support should be built in all organizations that we belong to.
    Power to the workers
    Harold Bell


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