Dockworkers Protest War In Iraq, Shutdown West Coast Ports:
Thousands of dockworkers at all 29 West Coast ports, including Los Angeles and Long Beach, took the day off work today in what their union called a protest of the war in Iraq, effectively shutting down operations at the busy complexes.
The action came two months before the contract expires between the dockworkers, represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and the Pacific Maritime Assn., which represents port operators and large shippers, many of them foreign-owned.
"We are supporting the troops and telling politicians in Washington that it's time to end the war in Iraq," said union President Bob McEllrath.
It remains to be seen how many of these workers are simply enjoying a May Day vacation and how many are actually protesting the war in Iraq. Regardless, the protests are crushing the shipping industry on the West Coast today. Honestly, I say fire them all...