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Here's why Washington longshore workers are so angry

A longshore worker faces off against police, 7 September

Violence erupted 7 September in a major labor dispute that has simmered for months at the Port of Longview, leading to work shutdowns at ports up and down the Washington coast. Why are members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) — and their supporters in Washington and Oregon — so upset about a grain terminal that employs just 50 workers?

Longshore workers attack grain terminal

Longshore workers block train

In a dispute over the new EGT Grain Terminal in Longview, Washington and management's refusal to recognize the International Longshore and Warehouse Union as the workers' representative, union militants attacked the facility to sabotage the facility's first shipment of grain, protesting in defiance of a court injunction.

La Coordinadora: A Union Without Bureaucrats

One Big Union cartoon

Stan Weir recommended the author, Don Fitz, visit La Coordinadora the Spanish longshore union because at the time -- in the 1980s -- they only had 2 full time union staffers, who made the same pay as other longshore workers, but their autonomous union had 8,000 members, representing 80% of Spanish dockers.

The role of the individual and the group in the creation of work cultures - Stan Weir

Stan Weir compares wildcat strikes in Poland and San Diego and their basis in the 'informal work group'.

Southampton: Britain's Wisconsin?

Public sector workers in Southampton are reaching the end of a week of strike action, organised in response to swingeing cuts and job losses being implemented by the Conservative-led local council.

Unions with Leaders Who Stay on the Job (a.k.a. Class War Lessons) - Stan Weir

Stain Weir writes about direct action and on-the-job union leadership as a merchant marine in the 1940s.

Militant as hell on the waterfront: The political thought of Stan Weir

New Beginnings looks at the life of workplace militant and writer, Stan Weir.

Clashes in Italian ports over job cuts

Italian portworkers have clashed with police in a number of protests following the announcement of sweeping job cuts.

Workers' struggles continue in 'post-revolution' Egypt

Dock workers at Port Said, Egypt.

As the reshuffling of leaders continues, Egyptian workers are still trying to push forward their own agenda.

War on the waterfront - Tom Bramble

Picket line at Melbourne's Swanston Dock, on April 20, 1998. (Wikipedia: Takver)

A pamphlet written by a participant in the Brisbane Defend Our Unions Committee on the 1998 waterfront dispute between Patrick Stevedores and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), the most significant industrial dispute in Australia of the 1990s and one of the most important since the 1960s.