S.F. Labor Council Backs ILWU May Day Action in West Coast Ports


Whereas, the San Francisco Labor Council has a longstanding position calling for an immediate end to the US war and occupation in Iraq; therefore be it

Resolved, that the San Francisco Labor Council supports the decision of the Longshore Caucus of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) to stop work for 8 hours on Thursday, May 1, 2008 — International Workers Day — at all West Coast ports, to demand “an immediate end to the war and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan and the withdrawal of US troops from the Middle East.” The Council supports the decision of Branch 214 of the National Association of Letter Carriers to observe 2 minutes of silence in all carrier stations at 8:15 a.m. on May 1st, in solidarity with the ILWU action and to express their opposition to the war in Iraq; and be it further

Resolved, that the San Francisco Labor Council encourages other unions to follow ILWU’s call for a “No Peace-No Work Holiday” or other labor actions on May Day, to express their opposition to the US wars and occupations in the Middle East; and be it finally

Resolved, that the San Francisco Labor Council send a letter of congratulations to ILWU President Bob McEllrath for his union’s bold initiative to use the occasion of International Workers Day to stop work to stop the war.

— Resolution adopted by the San Francisco Labor Council March 24, 2008, by unanimous vote.