Friday, May 2, 2008

May Day Anti-War Strike Shuts Down Ports

By Chris Thompson
Fri, May 2, 2008 at 7:11 AM

Well, the longshoremen certainly pulled it off. Roughly six thousand longshore and warehouse workers walked off the job yesterday, in protest of the continuing occupation of Iraq. The action shut down every port on the West Coast, disrupting trade and idling ships waiting to unload or stack up on goods. The Oakland Tribune reports that Oakland port officials had planned for the work stoppage, and freighters had scheduled around the strike. Meanwhile, the dockworkers joined an anti-war rally at San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza, where hundreds called for the United States to get out of Iraq. Later in the evening, May Day events addressed immigration, as the Chron reports thousands of people marched through the East Bay.

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