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Longshore Struggle Brews on Both Coasts, Part 2

Mark Vorpahl

This is Part 2 of a two-part series co-published with Occupy.com.  Click here, for Part 1 of the series.  In the Northwest, at the terminals on the Columbia River, Puget Sound, and Portland, Oregon, the membership of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) are on the defensive against the Northwest Grain Handlers Association (NWGHA). The conflict involves […]

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Longshore Struggle Brews on Both Coasts, Part 1

Mark Vorpahl

This is Part 1 of a two-part series co-published with Occupy.com. Click here, for Part 2 of the series.  It’s a familiar pattern: those on top of the economic ladder enjoy massive profits, while expecting workers to sacrifice even more for the “greater good.” This storyline weaves itself into every justification for anti-worker policies. From Washington’s potential Grand Bargain […]

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Letter from a Reader: The ILWU Fight in Longview, Washington

Workers Action

We received the letter below in response to Mark Vorpahl’s article titled The ILWU Rises to the Challenge. It is a vivid account of the impact the struggle in Longview, Washington is having on personal lives and has not appeared in the corporate media. Dear Mark, As a wife of a ILWU Local 21 member […]

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The ILWU Rises to the Challenge

Mark Vorpahl

Anyone who still believes that U.S. workers and the labor movement are incapable of mounting a struggle against the conditions that the economic crisis is forcing on us has not been paying attention. Evidence to the contrary was vividly provided on the morning of September 8th, when 500 International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local […]

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