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Forum Post: West Coast Port Shutdown

Posted 2 years ago on Dec. 12, 2011, 6:59 p.m. EST by kayak69 (57) from West Sand Lake, NY
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What was the objective of the west coast port shutdown? This website stated that the union supported it. News reports and interviews with union workers indicated that they did not support the shutdown. What's going on?



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[-] 2 points by FreeSt28 (2) 2 years ago

The occupy protestors take it upon themselves to interfere between consenting parties to engage in a mutual beneficial transactions that benefit both parties. The goods and products that come on those ships benifit us all by providing us with products that have good economic value. If you don't like the product or company don't buy the product. You don't have any right to prevent others from engaging in transactions and the exchange of goods and services of which you are not a party.

[-] 0 points by dayv23 (0) 2 years ago

news reports...im not sure that counts as reliable factual information,,,just sayin

[-] 0 points by kayak69 (57) from West Sand Lake, NY 2 years ago

I posted the comment that you responded to and I fully agree with your response. After doing some research, I learned the truth about the shutdown and that the unions supported it, but could not publicly admit it for legal contractual reasons. Thanks for your comment.

[-] 0 points by nolongerasleep (57) from Cleveland, OH 2 years ago

The majority of people seem to not care about their rights. As long as they have a job, basic needs are met, and can buy cheap low quality crap from China they are happy.

We are not content with being a tool for the elite, having basic rights violated due to greed, being forced to live in a society where justice is often non existent. If others want to be wage slaves and eat scraps from the table that's fine. But some of us are in higher positions where we are nearly part of the 1% and we see the injustices enacted on the rest of the population. It must end.

[-] 0 points by ZenDog (13023) from South Burlington, VT 2 years ago

Not sure, but this was up an hour or so ago:

An Open Letter from America's Port Truck Drivers on Occupy the Ports

[-] 0 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago


I almost posted that link too

[-] 0 points by ZenDog (13023) from South Burlington, VT 2 years ago

I checked out the website on that link, they have another link from there to a petition at change.org - and when I got to change.org all I found was a generic list of subjects petitions are filed under, plus the option to create one.

But no petition from the Clean & Safe Ports people - so now I'm wondering if it's legit.

[-] 0 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

it sounds very plausible

I've been an independent contractor

I understand how that works

plus the letter is signed by names if anyone wants check the legitimacy that should be straight forward

[-] 0 points by ZenDog (13023) from South Burlington, VT 2 years ago

that's kinda what I thought - I've looked into getting a CDL, different portions of the industry operate differently.

but then I couldn't find the petition itself on Change.org, although it was the change.org site - so I just wondered

[-] 0 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

it could well be a smaller political group than the union

such groups are created all the time

[-] 0 points by AFarewellToKings (1486) 2 years ago

Didn't this website have a 'Day of Action' banner too? "Fight GS west coast solidarity" Who's idea was it to put that up?

[-] 0 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago


West Coast port shutdown announcement video.mov I

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