More than 250 ILWU volunteers with the Yes We Can Committee handed out $50,000 in foodstuffs to 1,550 needy families in the Los Angeles Harbor Area on Tuesday, Nov. 21, in the ninth-annual "Feed the Community Day." The Yes We Can Committee coordinates humanitarian outreach for the ILWU in southern California, collecting donations from individual members of the union, as well as ILWU Local 13 (Longshore), Local 63 (Marine Clerks), Local 94 (Foremen), the Southern California Pensioners, the Ladies Auxiliary Number 8 and local businesses in the Harbor Area. For more information, visit http://www.workernews.com/yeswecan
These videos show ILWU longshore workers unloading the Sally Maersk, a container vessel so large as to require eight gantry cranes to disengorge the hundreds of containers (each weighing 22 tons when empty!) onto waiting utility tractor rigs (UTRs). Shot April 9, 2005 at the Port of Los Angeles. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org about reuse permission.
Legendary labor icon Dolores Huerta kicks-off the start of the Labor Institute bearing her name, founded on the vision of Miguel Contreras through the auspices of the Los Angeles Community College District. Huerta, who co-founded the UNITED FARM WORKERS with Cesar Chavez, took time to thank the INTERNATIONAL LONGSHORE AND WAREHOUSE UNION as the ONLY union that honored the fledgling UFW's grape boycott. "They refused to load those grapes into the ships. They let them rot on the docks." Also speaking is ILWU Local 63 Vice President Adrian Diaz, whose Local helped to fund the Huerta Institute, and LACCD Trustee Warren Furutani.