Two waves of protesters hit the port on Monday as part of an Occupy West Coast Port blockage that ranged from Anchorage, Alaska to San Diego. The morning act results in the closure or partial closure of several of the ports terminals, including Transpac, PortsAmerica, SSA and TT?Hanjin.

After a morning shift where little work happened, many workers were sent or kept home for the afternoon. LWU spokesman Craig Merilees told press that no workers were requested  for night work at the terminals because of the protest–and demonstrators cited this as proof of a shut-down.

 

Activity continued Monday inside the port — but without unloading or trucking–according to Port of Oakland staff. The Teamsters UNion and the ILWU did not sanction the strike, but Occupy media quoted many rank and file workers who said they supported the actions at the same time that union reps are being quoted saying that the  shutdown hurts low-paid truck drivers and blue-collar workers.

“Today’s
disruptions have been costly to Port workers and their families in
terms of lost wages and shifts, to Oakland and the region in terms of
lost tax revenue, and to one of the most progressive Ports in the
country in terms of draining already limited resources that should be
focused on real solutions to the problems plaguing our economy,”
Sandifur said in a statement Monday night.

Source: The Bay Citizen (http://s.tt/14OLR)

“Today’s disruptions have been costly to Port workers and their families in terms of lost wages and shifts, to Oakland and the region in terms of lost tax revenue, and to one of the most progressive Ports in the country in terms of draining already limited resources that should be focused on real solutions to the problems plaguing our economy,” Sandifur said Monday night in a statement to press.

“Today’s
disruptions have been costly to Port workers and their families in
terms of lost wages and shifts, to Oakland and the region in terms of
lost tax revenue, and to one of the most progressive Ports in the
country in terms of draining already limited resources that should be
focused on real solutions to the problems plaguing our economy,”
Sandifur said in a statement Monday night.

Source: The Bay Citizen (http://s.tt/14OLR)

Angela Davis and former Marine Scott Olsen, who was injured by police during an October demonstration, spoke at the 3 PM rally at Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza.

Meanwhile, as of 9:30 PM, an Occupy Oakland General Assembly (GA) described by one attendee as “the biggest one ever,” had just finished.  Oakland resident Cynthia J posted on Facebook, “omg thousands of people at GA, no cops, (visible) they’re extending to 3am shift because of the cop violence at other ports today as was the original plan. They’re planning who can stay etc. Biggest GA ever, it’s amazing. Kind of chaotic & wow.”

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Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local (oaklandlocal.com) a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including Salon.com, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.