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Email from Local 10 President

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  1. ------ Email ------ FROM LOCAL 10 PRESIDENT RICHARD MEAD  PMA has not taken any steps to ensure our safety in regards to the proposed protests in the port on Monday. Therefore the Union is issuing these instructions to protect the safety of the workforce.  
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  3. NEITHER THE ILWU, NOR LOCAL 10 IS SUPPORTING OR ENDORSING THIS ACTION!
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  5. This protest is not a bona fide picket under the terms of our agreement. Local 10 is contractually obligated to report to work if it is safe to do so.  
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  7. The employers are Contractually bound to provide a safe working environment, including unencumbered access to and from the facility in order to accommodate emergency vehicles and evacuation for hazardous spills and other threats to health and safety.  
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  9. Longhsoremen will not be taken into the facility under police escort. This is inherently unsafe in and of itself.
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  11.  If protesters/police are present at the terminal when reporting to work do not attempt to enter the facility. Drive to the Oakland Clerk Hall at 4th and MLK and stand-by.
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  13. If protesters/police are not present report to work and turn to.  In the event protesters/police gather outside the facility after longshoremen have entered stand by on safety at that time.
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  15. DO NOT LEAVE THE FACILITY.  This protest is not expected to be as big as the last. Crowd estimates are in the hundreds not thousands.
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  17. Some facilities are taking precautions such as operating with skeleton crews or shutting down altogether. At this point we have more questions than answers.
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  19. On Monday officers will be on hand at the dispatch hall, the Oakland Clerk Hall, and at the terminals to provide more information and answer questions.  
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  21. Questions so far:  Are we dispatching and filling the jobs Monday?  Answer: Yes. We are dispatching and filling all jobs and will go to work in accordance with the procedures outlined above.
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  23.  We are contractually obligated to dispatch this work. Because this protest has been so heavily linked to EGT and the fight in the Pacific Northwest it has become legally imperative that we dispatch and fill the jobs.
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  25.  The employers are trying to use this as a means to compromise us in the courts with that struggle.
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