SF Labor Council Sets Up Committee to Defend ILWU Local 10 Against PMA Lawsuit; “Hands Off Local 10!” Says ILWU Local 10 Leader Clarence Thomas


[Note: The following resolution was adopted unanimously at the San Francisco Labor Council Delegates Meeting on April 11, 2011. The first meeting of the committee will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the Henry Schmidt Room of ILWU Local 10 (2nd floor), 400 North Point St/Mason St., San Francisco. Please come if you can and get your
union/organization to support



Whereas, the delegates meeting of the Council voted unanimously on March 14 that “in the event that a Council affiliate votes to engage in an industrial action on April 4, the San Francisco Labor Council will call on all its affiliates … to support such action …”; and

Whereas, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 10 and its President Richard Mead are being sued in court by maritime employers of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) for a 24-hour shutdown of the Port of Oakland on April 4, a National Day of Action called by the AFL-CIO and a day for which ILWU International President Bob McEllrath on March 8th called for mobilizing in solidarity with the workers of Wisconsin; and

Whereas, each rank-and-file member of Local 10 made this selfless choice on their own to stand up for public workers in Wisconsin and for all workers in the best tradition of the longshore union, as they have done since the Big Strike of 1934 and the historic San Francisco General Strike which built the foundation for the trade union movement in this city and on the West Coast; and

Whereas, these same maritime employers were unsuccessful in their attempt to use the slave labor Taft-Hartley Act to stop the ILWU from carrying out a Local 10-initiated coastwide shutdown of all ports on May Day 2008 to demand an end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, a first-ever in U.S. labor history; and

Whereas, Local 10, the heart and soul of the San Francisco labor movement, is now under attack for implementing the principled labor slogan “An Injury to One Is An Injury To All.”

Therefore be it resolved, that the San Francisco Labor Council, consistent with its March 14th resolution, initiate a broad defense campaign of ILWU Local 10 by setting up a defense committee in collaboration with Local 10, by contacting and mobilizing the Labor Councils and AFL-CIO of the Bay Area, California and nationally; and

Be it further resolved, that the first step in this campaign will be to call for a mass mobilization of all Bay Area Labor Councils and the California AFL-CIO to rally in front of PMA headquarters in San Francisco on Monday April 25th to demand that the court suit be dropped and that the vindictive lynch mob procedures against the union in the arbitration be halted immediately; and

Be it finally resolved that ILWU Local 10 be commended for its solidarity action and that we request that the state and national AFL-CIO do likewise.

Resolution submitted by the following SF Labor Council delegates:

Alan Benjamin, OPEIU Local 3 *

Frank Martin Del Campo, SF LCLAA

Tom Edminster, UESF *

Galina Gerasimova, AFT 2121 *

Maria Guillen, SEIU 1021 *

Ann Robertson, CFA, S.F. State *

Pablo Rodriguez, AFT 2121 *

Francesca Rosa, SEIU 1021 *

David Welsh, NALC 214 *

* * * * * * * * * *

“Hands Off Local 10!”

“Hands Off Local 10!” Says ILWU Local 10 Leader Clarence Thomas Says ILWU Local 10 Leader Clarence Thomas at 4/10/2011 SF Anti-War Rally


At an San Francisco anti-war rally on April 10, 2011, ILWU Local 10 past Secretary Treasurer and Executive Board member Clarence Thomas called for full support to the ILWU Local. The local has
been sued by the Pacific Maritime Association PMA for stopping work on the national day of action for Wisconsin workers on April 4, 2011. Thomas called for full support to the local in its battle with the PMA.

“Capitalism teaches the people the moral conceptions of cannibalism are the strong devouring the weak; its theory of the world of men and women is that of a glorified pig-trough where the biggest swine gets the most swill.” -James Connolly 1910.


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