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Fighting Against Racism—And For a Better Paycheck—On the Docks

Shaun Richman In These Times
The exceptional role of the ILWU in many left-wing struggles is often glancingly mentioned in historical accounts of the postwar labor movement. This book is the first time all of these examples and more have been brought together in a comprehensive

Martin Luther King Jr., Union Man

Peter Cole The Conversation
The day after King's death, longshoremen shut down the ports of San Francisco and Oakland, as they still do when one of their own dies on the job. Nine ILWU members attended King’s funeral in Atlanta, including Harry Bridges and Cleophas Williams.

A Tribute to Ron Dellums, Radical

Peter Cole Africa is a Country
Former US Congressman and Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, who passed away recently, played a leading role in the global fight against South African Apartheid in the 1980s.

Bay Area Shows How to Defeat Nazis and KKK; Dockworkers Just Showed the Labor Movement How to Shut Down Fascists; Bay Area Thousands Against White Terrorists (in pictures)

Peter Cole and David Bacon
Relying on the photographs, reporting and video in the mainstream media can give you a false idea about the marches and demonstrations against white supremacists and Nazi sympathizers in San Francisco and Berkeley last weekend. What role should the labor movement play in beating back the resurgence of fascism? Resistance, while a powerful concept, is far too vague. Local 10 ILWU demonstrates what can be done.

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Want to Stop Trump? Take a Page From These Dockworkers, and Stop Work

Peter Cole Working In These Times
Dockworkers in Oakland, California refused to show up to work to show their opposition to Trump's agenda on the day of his inauguration. Their strike demonstrated the potential power ordinary people have on the job, when organized.

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For Unions, Sometimes a Lockout Is Better Than a Strike

Peter Olney Labor Notes
Whether you’re expecting a strike or lockout, the steps are similar—and there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. Union-busting law firms pass around the same employer playbook. Our side has rich experience in preparation. Ask for advice and help from combatants who’ve been through a strike or a lockout and emerged victorious.
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