The Case for the Longshoremen’s Strike

By May 4, 2008Briefly Legal

David Macaray, a Los Angeles playwright and writer and labor union activist, salutes the International Longshore and Warehouse Union for staging a May Day strike that closed down West Coast ports in protest of the war in Iraq. The longshoremen are a tough bunch, Macaray enthuses in the hard-left Counterpunch.

Nobody crosses an ILWU picket line, not unless he wants to pick his teeth up off the floor or find his car on fire. Admittedly, some will call this “intimidation”; the Longshoremen prefer to think of it as “solidarity.”

For another perspective, try Lowell Ponte, a former Readers’ Digest editor who now writes for NewsMax, pretty hardcore in its own right, right.

It cost our economy between $1 and $2 billion, equivalent to the theft of up to $26.66 from every American family of four — money you and your family will be paying in higher prices.

Even more troubling is that those who conspired to assault us have not been arrested, jailed, or even removed from their high-security-risk positions.

The two writers, both historically attuned, take a different view of one of the union’s founders, Harry Bridges.

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