Filed under: war-machine | Tags: angry workers, baseball bats, blocade, grain, longshoremen, police, sabotage, seattle, threats, washington
According to the Seattle Times:
“500 Longshoremen take guards hostage, threaten police with baseball bats — Seattle, WA
Work is at a standstill at the ports in Seattle and Everett as a labor dispute that started Thursday morning turned violent.
At least 500 longshoremen stormed the Port of Longview about 4:30 a.m., broke out windows in the guard shack and — as longshoremen wielding baseball bats and crowbars held six guards hostage — others cut brakelines on box cars and dumped grain, according to Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha.
No one was injured and there were no arrests, Duscha said. Fifty police officers from Kelso, Longview, Cowlitz County, the Washington State Patrol and Burlington Northern Railroad responded to the scene.
Duscha said tensions between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and EGT Terminal have run hot for the past few months after contract negotiations broke down.
The ILWU believes it has the right to work at the facility, but the company has hired a contractor that’s staffing a workforce of other union laborers.
Thursday’s violence was first reported by Kelso radio station KLOG.
“We’re not surprised,” Duscha said. “A lot of the protesters were telling us this in only the start.”
One police sergeant was threatened with baseball bats and retreated, Duscha said. “One officer with hundreds of Longshoremen? He used the better part of discretion.”
The train was the first grain shipment to arrive at Longview. It arrived Wednesday night after police arrested 19 demonstrators who tried to block the tracks. They were led by ILWU International President Robert McEllrath, who said they would return.
The blockade appeared to defy a federal restraining order issued last week against the union after it was accused of assaults and death threats.
In Seattle, port spokesman Peter McGraw said he had no additional information on the walkout.”
Filed under: Milwaukee area | Tags: anti-austerity, capitol chaos, church, glue, milwaukee, school, scott walker, vandalism, wisconsin
According to Fox6News:
“Vandals super glued the locks of several doors and a parking gate at Messmer Preparatory School in Milwaukee. School officials believe the people responsible for the vandalism were protesting the visit of Gov. Scott Walker Friday afternoon.
Gov. Walker was expected to arrive at 1 p.m. to speak to kindergarten and first grade students about reading.
Late Thursday night, school officials were informed that building alarms had been set off. Then, Friday morning, they discovered that nine locks on the property’s exterior doors had been sealed with glue. The doors tampered with included a parking gate, several doors to the building and even a church building door.
Janitors are working to get the doors open but believe the locks will have to be replaced. Surveillance video is now being reviewed to see if the vandals can be identified.
Messmer President Brother Bob Smith tells FOX6 News the protestors have gone too far.
In a statement released Friday morning, Brother Bob says, “We teach our students to respect adults and individuals they disagree with. Our students work hard and succeed. There are no gimmicks or tricks here, just a focus on traditional values.”
Brother Bob is warning parents of students that if they join protestors and disrupt school, their children are at risk of being expelled.”