The Occupy movement's plan to shut down every port between San Diego and Alaska today appears headed for failure.
Unions - including the Longshoremen - as well as some Occupy activists themselves see the attempt to "occupy" port facilities as self defeating.
But unlike last time, when the area's major unions gave tacit or outright approval, many of them see Monday's action as disruptive and unnecessary.
And some occupation activists are labeling it as too confrontational, with the protest's potential for violence detracting from Occupy's stated intention of narrowing the chasm between rich and poor.
"Support is one thing," Robert McEllrath, president of the International Longshoreman and Warehouse Union, wrote to his members last week. "Outside groups attempting to co-opt our struggle in order to advance a broader agenda is quite another and one that is destructive to our democratic process."
Not the 1 percent
The Alameda County Building and Construction Trades Council's secretary-treasurer, Andreas Cluver, said many of his union's workers were recently hired at port building projects after long stretches on unemployment. Given that, a port shutdown aimed at punishing the 1 percent "makes no sense," he said.
He said no union at the port supports the shutdown.
"We're extremely supportive of the message of Occupy Oakland, and we did come out to support the Nov. 2 general strike, but we're not behind this one," Cluver said. "When working people aren't involved in the decision on whether to shut down their jobs at the port, that's problematic. And we weren't consulted. Losing a day of wages is hard."
The poor, deluded, naive fools. Do these tools really believe that the core Occupy activists give a whit about the working class? Or if violence breaks out at various ports on the west coast?
The Occupy movement - if it wasn't already co-opted - has been taken over by hard core revolutionaries. By definition, anything and anybody is fodder for their goal of overthrowing the established order. In service to that cause, the means justifies the ends - which is bad news for working people and even those idealistic kids who still think that their noble goals are being promoted by what is now little more than another hard left pressure group.
Authorities may have finally awoken to the nature of the organization they have been coddling these last few months and will no doubt protect the ports from the antics of the fringe few. But they still must answer for their unconscionable tacit support for a group that has violated the law with impunity.