A call to action was issued by the Cowlitz-Whakiakum Labor Council for mass mobilization to protest the first arrival of the EGT ship to be loaded at the Port of Longview. EGT is a transnational corporation who is in violation of their leasing agreement to employ local unionized workers. This resolution is a response to that:
A struggle that will shape the future for dockworkers around the world is coming to a head in Longview, Wash. Sometime in the coming days and weeks, the multinational conglomerate EGT Development is expected to attempt to load its first ship with grain at a newly built state-of-the-art terminal that isn’t using International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 21 labor, in defiance of a contract that has been in place for almost a century.
Occupations from across the West Coast are planning to converge in Longview, Washington when the first ship to be loaded for export arrives at the new EGT grain terminal later this month. Occupy Portland, Occupy Oakland, and Occupy Longview all passed a resolution calling for the Occupy Movement to come together in Longview to stop “EGT’s attacks on our communities, our food supply and the jurisdiction of West Coast Longshore workers.”