Planning Meeting for the Longview Port Solidarity Action

Portland

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From Portland Indymedia. January 11th, 2012.

Planning Meeting for the Longview Port Solidarity Action

author: working group of shut down the port
e-mail: info@shutdowntheport.com

You are invited to attend meetings to discuss, organize, and strategize about Portland’s role in supporting Occupy Longview and ILWU Local 21 in their fight against mega-grain anti-union conglomerate EGT. There will be a ship coming into to the Port of Longview in late-January. Labor and Occupy want to stop EGT from using scab labor to load the grain on to the ship.

Planning Meeting for the Longview Action
Saturday, January 14th
5-7pm
SEIU Local 503, 6401 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR

* The Longview action was consensed on by the General Assembly of Occupy Portland on January 8th, 2012

Additionally, there is a Pre-planning and Agenda making meeting on
Thursday, Jan 12th
6:30-8:00pm
Meet at St Francis, but the meeting will likely be at the Red&Black across the street (get there early to secure some tables!)
SE 12th and Oak

EGT is a subsidiary of Bunge Ltd, a multinational corporation that has enormous control over the production, storage, processing, trading and transporting of agricultural and energy commodities. Bunge Ltd. has committed major abuses worldwide, exacerbating world hunger by fixing world grain prices to increase its profits, forcing Brazilian workers to work in near slave conditions, multiple violations of the Clean Air Act, deforestation of the rainforest, multi-million dollar tax evasion in Argentina, and much much more. Bunge’s company, EGT, is attempting to break the Longshoremen Union by hiring non union workers at the dock, refusing to honor the Longshoremen’s contract with the Port. EGT/Bunge Ltd has done everything in its power – including bringing in scab labor from out of state as well as members of an Operating Engineer union – to ensure that Local 21 is denied these jobs. The battle against EGT/Bunge is one of the most significant battles of our time, a fight against the 1%. The fate of this grain shipment, and whether it is allowed to be unloaded, could decide the fate of the ILWU and the labor movement in the U.S.

The action is endorsed by Occupy Portland, Occupy Wallstreet, Occupy Longview, Occupy Seattle, Occupy Oakland, the ILWU international union, local 10, and local 21, Cowlitz-Wahkiakum (WA) Central Labor Council and San Francisco Central Labor Council.

For more information visit: http://westcoastportshutdown.org/

homepage: homepage: http://westcoastportshutdown.org/

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