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Union truckers join strike at Port Metro Vancouver

Union truckers on strike at Port Metro Vancouver March 10, 2014

Both unionized and non-unionized truckers are now on strike at Port Metro Vancouver in Canada. 1,400 non-union drivers in the United Truckers Association went out on February 26, 2014. Up to 400 drivers from the Unifor-Vancouver Container Truckers’ Association went out today, March 10, 2014.

Scab bus blocked at Port of Vancouver

Scab bus stopped Vancouver WA Feb 26, 2014

On February 26th, 2014, 30 community members and Union supporters confronted and temporarily stalled a bus transporting a scab workforce to the Port of Vancouver. This action came one day before the 1 year anniversary of the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union (ILWU) being locked out by United Grain in Vancouver, Washington. By Lataya Dailey, Dustin Hawks, and Shane Burley.

Portland dockers honor Honduran pickets

Honduran dockers at Port of Portland OR March 4, 2014

On Tuesday, March 4, Central American port workers from the labor union Sindicato Gremial de Trabajadores del Muelle (SGTM) from Puerto Cortés in Honduras established a picket line in front of ICTSI’s Oregon’s operation at Terminal 6 in Portland.

Thais failed effort to corner rice market

Thailand's failure to corner rice market

As late as 2010, Thailand was the biggest exporter of rice, but in 2008 an attempt to corner the world rice market (much like the Hunt Brothers had tried to do with silver in the 1970s) failed miserably. Part of the current crisis in Thailand is due to Yingluck Shinawatra's role in this scheme.

Chile port strike resumes

Chile port strike

Dockers in Chile ended a 3-week strike that inflicted over $100 million (US) in damages to both the lucrative agricultural export sector -- at a crucial harvest time -- and the world's largest copper industry.

Korean railroad workers strike against privatization

Striking railroad workers Seoul Station

Railway workers have been striking since December 9, 2013, the longest rail strike in South Korean history, against privatization attempts of President Park Geun-hye's New Frontier Party (Saenuri Party, 새누리당). The strike has reduced freight service by 70% and passenger service by as much as 40%.

Class Struggle/Supply Chains, Seattle, December 28

Hong Kong dockers strike

Class Struggle Along Global Supply Chains, Parts III. In this installment in Seattle, we will give a presentation and facilitate a collective discussion to explore the possibilities of class struggle spreading along commodity chains. Saturday, December 28, 7 p.m., Black Coffee Coop.

Class Struggle/Supply Chains, Los Angeles, Nov 29 & Dec 14

North America logistics hub map

Presentations: Class Struggle Along Global Supply Chains, Parts I & II. If you are in or near Southern California, please join us for these explorations of the possibility of class struggles spreading along commodity chains. November 29, 7:00 p.m. & December 14, 3:00 p.m. at The Public School Los Angeles

Los Angeles port truckers strike

LA port truckers strike Nov 18, 2013

Truckers hold pre-announced work stoppages at 3 firms in Carson, California over being misclassified as independent contractors and over management harassment of their attempts to organize with the Teamsters.

The Ten Ninety Nihilists

Taskrabbit

In the United States a new form of casualized work is being hyped by Silicon Valley tech-utopian Randians, based on a free market right-wing libertarian ideology of "liberty of contract." Empire-Logistics participant Kevin Carhart exposes this new form of class exploitation.

Longshore workers strike Port of Baltimore

picketing Port of Baltimore

More than 2,000 longshore members of the International Longshoremen's Association walked off the job at the Port of Baltimore, the 12th largest in the U.S. by container volume. This crippled the import of high value commodities like BMW, Fiat and Mazda automobiles. The dispute is based on workers at the port refusing a coastwide contract -- covering ports from Maine to Texas.

Bread riots down supply chains: From Cairo to Longview

Map of Global Food Crisis

One of the forms in which the working class exists today is at the various nodal points along global commodity chains. Even the global production of food is increasingly based on a just-in-time system of production, distribution and consumption -- in addition to being financialized and subject to speculative bubbles. But these commodity chains are vulnerable and this suggests struggles could spread down these chains.