Longshore and Warehouse Union called upon its members Sept. 17
to march on facilities owned by Stevedoring Services of America
(SSA) Sept. 18 "to end the tyranny of one company at the
in Seattle, Oakland and Long Beach, members of the ILWU and the
growing ranks of community supporters demanded an end to the stalemate
in contract negotiations between the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime
SSA is the primary roadblock to an effective West Coast longshore
contract settlement," said James Spinosa, International President
of the ILWU.
against SSA were planned at the company's headquarters in Seattle,
at Port View Park in Oakland and at the company's Pacific Coast
Terminal in Long Beach, but the biggest disruption apparently
occurred at the Long Beach terminal. In its response, the PMA
says the ILWU's slowdown at the Port of Long Beach began Monday,
Sept. 16, and is bringing work at the SSA terminal to a standstill.
to the slowdown, Miniace said, "The PMA has said over and
over for months that we would not tolerate work slowdowns by the
ILWU. The union is playing with fire and appears to be willing
to jeopardize America's economic interests by initiating hit and
run tactics against members of the PMA."
In a meeting
Wednesday morning, Miniace briefed the PMA Board of Directors
regarding the ILWU's action. In a unanimous vote, the PMA Board
gave Miniace the green light to begin planning for a variety of
defensive options to counter the ILWU work slowdown.