Almost half the berths at the Port of Oakland have temporarily ceased operations today after hundreds of protesters spent the morning blocking intersections in the port.
Roughly 150 longshoremen on the dayshift were sent home with little to no pay after they were either unable to get to work or the big rigs used to haul containers couldn’t reach the berths, said Craig Merrilees, spokesman for the International Longshore Worker’s Union. Fifty longshoremen are still working today, Merrilees said.
The irony of the #OWS attempts to ‘send a message’ to the 1% but causing actual financial pain to the 99% the movement purportedly is supporting is not lost on some:
Some port workers are also against the planned blockade.
“I’m just barely getting on my feet again after two years, and now I gotta go a day without pay while somebody else has something to say that I’m not really sure is relevant to the cause,” trucker Chuck Baca told CNN affiliate KGO.
Port officials say shutting down their facilities will only cost workers and their communities wages and tax revenue.
“Protesters wanted to send a message to the 1% but they are impacting the 99%,” said Portland port spokesman Josh Thomas. The stoppage is resulting in “lost shifts, lost wages and delays,” he said.
Meanwhile, shares of Goldman Sachs (an #OWS target) floated around the same level as it was last week.
“Socialism has no place in the hearts of those who would secure the fight for freedom and preserve democracy.” Samuel Gompers, 1918