Letter: Union’s actions indefensible



It had to happen. Someone wrote a letter trying to justify the actions of the Longshoremen in Longview. In her Sept. 17 letter “Extreme protest is last resort,” Susan Rasmussen said “EGT is blatantly stealing away their coveted family-wage-earning jobs.”

Could someone point out a law that the ILWU has the right to work the docks? Where does it say any privately owned company must hire the ILWU?

ILWU International President Bob McEllrath stated, “Everyone came to the tracks on their own free will to stand up for justice and protect good jobs in this community … It shouldn’t be a crime to fight for good jobs in America.” (http://www.ilwu.org/?p=2966)

If I read right, there were union workers already on the job, just not ILWU types. Make no mistake, the ILWU isn’t interested in preserving American jobs. If they were, they wouldn’t have walked off the job on ports from Portland to Seattle, putting thousands of truck drivers, shippers and receivers out of work. They are only interested in preserving longshore jobs.

As far as “thuggery,” there is no excuse for that behavior, ever. Trespassing, vandalism and terrorizing guards, union guards at that, is not thuggery. It’s childish whining and pouting.

Ron Abbey