The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has announced a one-day strike against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, calling for a “No Peace No Work Holiday” to take place May 1. They are calling on the AFL-CIO, the Change to Win Coalition, and other unions to do the same. This is a major development for both the labor movement and antiwar movement in the U.S.
The call was first put forward by ILWU Local 10 at a recent West Coast Caucus and was resisted by the ILWU’s top leadership. But rank-and-file support for the call to action pushed it through, with only 3 out of 100 delegates voting against it.
Rank-and-file delegates, that is. If you’re a rank-and-file West Coast dockworker who supports the U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, you’re stuck; you lose a day’s pay because the ILWU is more interested in making an anti-war point than representing its members. But then, so many unions these days are putting a political or “progressive” agenda ahead of actual worker representation.
(Hat tip: Jim Gray.)
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