The occupy movement seems to have possibly made a new enemy. On December 12 Occupy movements are hoping to shut down the ports in various cities along the West Coast. Occupy blockades (see site here) are planned in Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, Portland, Ore., Tacoma, Wash., Seattle, Anchorage and Vancouver, B.C., the Associated Press says.
But the International Longshore and Warehouse Union is not onboard with the shutdown.
“Support is one thing, organization from outside groups attempting to co-opt our struggle in order to advance a broader agenda is quite another,” Robert McEllrath wrote in a Dec. 6 letter to ILWU locals.
The ILWU also said:
“Any actions organized by outside groups, including the proposed Dec. 12 shutdown of various terminals on the West Coast, have not been vetted by our union’s democratically led process. Any decisions made by groups outside of the union’s democratic process do not hold water, regardless of the intent,”
Yet another quote:
“If I wanted to shut down the port, I could do it without Occupy. I don’t need ’em,” says Jeff Smith, president of ILWU’s Columbia River District Council. “This is a question for the Occupy movement: Why would I want to send my people home? Why would I take a job away from somebody?”
So in other words, the longshoreman don’t need the occupy protestors to shut down the port, they can do that on there own, and it just goes to show that these movements are more about hurting the average American than helping.