Friday, July 4, 2008

Longshore Workers to Mark ‘Bloody Thursday’

Dockworkers will join together in Peck Park Saturday to commemorate the union’s violent founding.

The midday event will honor ‘Bloody Thursday,’ when striking San Francisco workers were killed and injured on Thursday, July 5, 1934.

The clash led to the formation of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Harbor Area union members and families will hold a tribute picnic at the park from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The union’s current contract negotiations are sure to be a topic of discussion. West Coast dockworkers are at the bargaining table for a new six-year agreement to replace the contract which expired Tuesday.

The Daily Breeze reported Friday on the status of the negotiations.

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