The Theory of Dockworker Courage in a Crisis
May 2, 2008
Dockworkers Protest Iraq War
By JOHN HOLUSHA
Thousands of dockworkers at West Coast ports stayed off the job on Thursday in what their union said was a call for an end to the war in Iraq.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union said more than 25,000 members in 29 ports stayed off the job. The action came despite an order issued Wednesday by an arbitrator directing the union to tell its members to report for work as usual in response to a request from employers.
“Longshore workers are standing down on the job and standing up for America,” Bob McEllrath, the union’s president, said in a statement. “We’re supporting the troops and telling politicians in Washington that it’s time to end the war in Iraq.”
Yeah, I know, that's old news now, a full three days after the work stoppage actually occurred and two full days after America lost interest. But I have a suggestion.
If those same 25,000 …