The International Longshoremen Association, Locals 1422, 1422-A, and 1771 will be protesting a non-union ship that will work in the port of Charleston on Monday, August 20, 2012. The Ship is under the control of the US Marine Corps and will be loading explosives over a period of 10 days. This type of explosive is normally worked at an exclusive military facility in Sunny Point , North Carolina by very experienced and certified members of the ILA.
The ship will leave the Marine Corps base in Jacksonville Florida on this Friday, August 17th and will arrive in Charleston over the weekend. Non-union workers out of Florida will be bused in and will not only work the vessel, but will eat and sleep aboard the vessel for the entire 10 day operation. It is incomprehensible to think that a branch of the US military will go to this extent to circumvent the jurisdiction of the ILA. This operation will take place at the Joint Base Charleston Naval Weapon Station on Remount Road , in North Charleston . Joint Base Charleston is a military compound that is currently under the ILA’s jurisdiction. The contract between the ILA locals and their employers on the base is not due to expire until 2014.
Therefore on Monday August 20th Longshoremen from North Carolina , South Carolina , Georgia , and Florida will be conducting pickets in North Charleston and in front of the USMC headquarters in Arlington Virginia . We are soliciting the support and participation of the South Carolina labor movement and our community partners. The picket will begin at 8:00 am and will continue until 5:00 pm. Local ILA members will continue with the picket each day for as long as the ship is in port or until this matter is resolved.
Thank you for your support.
President, ILA Local 1422