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Militant ILWU Group Opposes Ratification of New Contract


The information of a tentative contract settlement being reached by the Worldwide Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Affiliation (PMA) was music to shippers’ ears.

9 lengthy months of contract negotiations turned contentious between the PMA and ILWU whereas shippers might solely watch West Coast port congestion preserve their imports and exports from reaching vacation spot.

When the tentative contract settlement between the PMA and ILWU was introduced, everybody assumed it will be ratified and go into impact. However there’s a militant group from the ILWU that claims not so quick!

The Transport Staff Solidarity Committee opposes the tentative settlement and is holding a rally on March thirty first in opposition to ratifying the brand new contract.

March thirty first is the Tuesday of the week that ILWU delegates will meet in San Francisco to judge the tentative contract settlement and resolve if they are going to advocate approval of the contract.

The Transport Staff Solidarity Committee will maintain their rally exterior of the worldwide headquarters of the ILWU on Franklin Road in San Francisco with the objective of convincing the delegates to not advocate approval.

ILWU members and delegates are invited to the rally.

If the ILWU delegates nonetheless advocate approving the brand new contract, count on the Transport Staff Solidarity Committee to work to sway the rank and file of the union to vote in opposition to the contract and pressure the ILWU and PMA again to the negotiation desk.

After the tentative settlement was reached, I checked the heart beat of ILWU’s satisfaction with the brand new contract by asking Native 54 Longshoreman, LRC, and PAC Chairman David Griffen if his fellow longshoremen appeared proud of the contract.

The longshoremen “appear very pleased,” he replied.

From all the main points which have been launched in regards to the new contract that the PMA and ILWU have tentatively agreed upon, it’s exhausting to think about how union members couldn’t be proud of it.

Invoice Mongelluzzo shared the next contract particulars in a Journal of Commerce (JOC) article in regards to the Transport Staff Solidarity Committee’s rally and opposition to the brand new contract:

The tentative five-year contract maintains full employer-paid medical advantages. Longshoremen will retire with a pension that tops out at $88,800 a yr. Hourly wage will increase are extra beneficiant than in different contracts courting again to the Nineteen Eighties. In line with the PMA, full-time longshoremen final yr earned on common $147,000. The hourly wage within the final yr of the contract will enhance to $42.18, however many longshoremen work in jobs that pay ability or additional time differentials that enhance the bottom wage by 15 to 30 p.c.

Jurisdiction was a sticking level within the negotiations that went on for 9 months and led to huge delays up and down the coast. The tentative contract grants jurisdiction to the ILWU to examine and restore most chassis earlier than they go away the marine terminals, although PMA-member transport traces now not personal the chassis.

The tentative contract may also set up a three-member panel in every of the port areas to adjudicate the well being and security and work-rule disagreements that come up steadily on the waterfront. As an alternative of getting only one native arbitrator in Seattle-Tacoma, Portland, Oakland and Los Angeles-Lengthy Seashore as is now the case, every panel will embody a member nominated by the ILWU, one by the PMA and a 3rd who’s a member of both the Federal Mediation and Conciliation service or the American Arbitration Affiliation.

The Transport Staff Solidarity Committee apparently sees the brand new contract as transferring the union towards “enterprise unionism” and away from “militant unionism”. Militant unionism clearly being their most well-liked kind.

“Left unchecked, it’ll intestine ILWU’s coastwide energy and bury the final militant union within the U.S.,” the Transport Staff Solidarity Committee says in regards to the contract on their webpage selling the March thirty first rally.

Apparently this militant group of ILWU members and retirees are at odds with ILWU management. Additionally they say on the web page talked about aboved:

The ILWU has a proud historical past of sophistication battle and the battle for democratic rules codified within the Ten Guiding Ideas of the ILWU. Right this moment ILWU officers flaunt these union rules, utilizing prime down management to direct longshore employees to cross picket traces and preserve contract negotiations secret whereas the PMA offers the contract to the maritime employers’ Journal Of Commerce.

In Invoice Mongelluzzo’s JOC article, he says the Transport Staff Solidarity Committee is enjoying “free with sure info” in that the JOC did obtain a replica of the contract, however not from the PMA or any of its members.

To get a greater feeling of what the Transport Staff Solidarity Committee is all about, take a look at what they are saying they stand for on their function web page:

We firmly imagine and battle for the next:

      • 1. The employees should management their very own struggles and our solidarity helps these struggles and by no means substitutes for employees themselves or their organizations.
      • 2. We acknowledge that the working class and the using class don’t have anything in frequent. Due to this fact:
        • A. We oppose the “workforce idea” of labor collaboration with administration and deference to the anti-labor legal guidelines which reinforce capitalist domination. Due to this fact we oppose the enterprise unionist paperwork which carries out these insurance policies.
        • B. We stand for the political independence of the working class from the capitalist events and the capitalist state, its businesses, its courts and its police. We oppose so-called “free commerce agreements” based mostly on neo-liberal financial insurance policies which decontrol and privatize industries and providers whereas busting unions.
      • 3. We stand for motion in opposition to racism, sexism and another bias in all of their harmful and insidious types which divide employees within the battle in opposition to capital.
      • 4. We search to work with union members and unorganized employees, particularly immigrant employees, to assist construct militant unions by means of working class solidarity right here and internationally.

With statements like “the working class and the using class don’t have anything in frequent” and “We oppose the ‘workforce idea’ of labor collaboration with administration”, it will be no shock if this group vehemently opposes any settlement between the union and employers.

Working class and using class don’t have anything in frequent? Not humanity? Not primary rights? On this specific case, not a standard dependence on shippers, who’re the customers that create the necessity for each managers and employees on the dock to maneuver cargo?

Possibly earlier than they declare to face in opposition to racism, sexism, and another bias, the Transport Staff Solidarity Committee ought to acknowledge their very own bias in opposition to administration.

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