ILWU member activists in the SF Bay Area published a call to action on May 14th:
"ILWU Local 30 miners have been locked out for over 100 days by global mining giant Rio Tinto. We should be supporting them by refusing to handle scab borax containers. Our longshore union, has a long history of having led important working class struggles going back to the Big Strike of 1934. But, the present International Officers – President Bob McEllrath, Vice President Ray Familathe and Secretary-Treasurer Willie Adams and Local 30 President Dave Liebengood – are reversing that legacy. We can no longer remain silent. They are knowingly allowing thousands of scab containers stuffed by scabs in Boron, California to be loaded onto ships in the port of Los Angeles!
"Furthermore, these officials are opposing Local 30 members from defending their jobs by picketing in LA, as we did in 2002 during our lockout by PMA. They are dragging our union banner, “An injury to one is an injury to all,” through the mud. And they are keeping ILWU members in the dark by not mentioning a word of this betrayal in the pages of The Dispatcher. But it’s no secret in the labor movement. "
Read the entire statement at:
The same day, ILWU 30 reported that they have nearly resolved the lockout with a contract:
The lockout has lasted three months, with expectations that the conflict would last a lot longer.
What's novel about this conflict is that the lockout quickly mobilized union support up and down the coast, and internationally. According to the SF Bay article the ILWU international has been playing it quiet.
On the internet, and at the gates of Rio Tinto, however, several local unions have used the conflict as an opportunity to educate people about the conflict between global labor and international capital. in the media, the issue was picked up and quickly escalated into a global effort, with every action by the miners recorded and replayed, transformed into another tool to support the miners.
Explanatory video about the situation: