Pacific Avenue & South 17th Street
Tacoma, WA 98402
Join the ILWU Community Rally and March starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22 at Tollefson Plaza, S. 17th and Pacific Ave. in Tacoma. All union members and community supporters are urged to join this rally, scheduled when hundreds of ILWU members would normally be going to work on the shifts that have been closed down. Join ILWU members as they defend the middle class, their union, and a strong economy for all workers. Please wear your work gear — hard hats, safety vests, coveralls.
In the weeks before Christmas, companies at the Port of Tacoma shut down two of the three shifts that move goods through the waterfront docks, laying off nearly 500 port workers. The shift closures are creating record congestion in one of Washington state’s busiest ports.
Longshore port workers who usually work round the clock to keep Washington moving are now forced to work only one shift per day as containers full of goods from around Washington, ready to be shipped, are stacked six high, waiting. Longshore port workers and their union in Tacoma, ILWU Local 23, have asked that the two shifts be reinstated so that Washington companies and farmers can get their goods moving.