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Strike!

Posted by Charles II on December 11, 2011


(Image from Occupy Oakland)

An interview with Clarence Thomas and Leo Robinson of the Longshoremen’s Union is here.

Tara Lohan talks about the sweatshop on the docks and its connection to investment banks, notably Goldman Sachs here:

Between the dock where the cargo is unloaded and the shelf from which you pluck your treasure, there are several critical lynchpins. One of them is port truck drivers. These drivers (around 110,000 of them in the United States) are responsible for moving approximately 20 million containers a year from the ports to railway yards and warehouses. Drivers operating large trucks are expected to safely haul loads up to 80,000 pounds. It’s a job for professionals, only these professionals are earning poverty wages, sometimes even less than you’d make flipping burgers at a fast food restaurant. Once a middle-class profession, the port trucking (or drayage) industry has now been dubbed “sweatshops on wheels.”

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