ILA Leaders Featured on Radio Free Georgia

by on December 26, 2012

The East Coast dock workers’ struggle for a fair contract will be featured this afternoon on Radio Free Georgia’s The Labor Forum. Listen today, Dec 26 at 4:30pm Eastern time to WRFG at 89.3FM or at http://www.wrfg.org/. Today’s guest will be Ken Riley of International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1422 based in Charleston, S.C., where SHROC was held earlier this month.  This local is also home to the Charleston Five (see the video below).

Ken Riley is not only president of the Local but the first African-American president of the statewide AFL-CIO in South Carolina. The extended contract negotiations are scheduled to end January 28, 2013 and if there is no agreement, a strike is scheduled for midnight.

Stand in Solidarity with the ILA

by on December 24, 2012

“At the last gathering of the Southern Workers Assembly in Charleston, SC on December 7-9, 2012, during the Southern Human Rights Organizing Conference, we resolved to stand in solidarity with the ILA in its negotiations for a fair contract for its more than 14,000 members representing thousands more families and communities who will be affected by the contract.”

“Furthermore, that SHROC will build solidarity committees and actions especially in the East and Gulf Coast cities where the 14 main ports are located;”

“That SHROC calls on unions, worker and community and faith-based organizations to pass resolutions in support of the ILA in its efforts to gain a fair contract;”

“That SHROC calls on all unions, worker and community and faith-based organizations and supporters to send emails to U.S. Maritime Alliance Chairman and CEO James A. Capo, jcapo@usmx.com, calling on them to negotiate in good faith and to protect jobs for working people. Send copies of emails to James A. Capo to SHROC at rightsms@bellsouth.net.”

This is footage of the attack on the Charleston, South Carolina ILA 1422 dock workers in January 2000.

Southern Workers Assembly 2012

by on December 17, 2012

The Southern Workers Assembly was held in Charlotte, NC on Sept. 3, 2012 and brought together more than 300 mainly rank-n-file workers from throughout the South that were members of trade unions, worker organizations, worker centers, loose groups of workers seeking to organize, along with allies.

Statement of Solidarity from Eastern Region Executive Board

by on November 30, 2012

Greetings of Solidarity!

We bring this exciting message following our historic Southern Workers Assembly on September 3rd – Labor Day in Charlotte, NC. Despite the criticisms voiced by many of the big unions against the Democratic Party holding its Democratic National Convention in North Carolina because it bans collective bargaining rights for public sector workers and is an anti-union right-to-work state, the Southern Workers Assembly (SWA) was the main and most organized voice for labor leading up to and during the time of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, NC. Continue reading »

Ninth Bi-Annual Southern Human Rights Organizers’ Conference

by on November 10, 2012


Join human rights and social justice activists, students, youth faith leaders, workers, and union leaders in Charleston!

A two-part Southern Workers Assembly Strategic Planning meeting will be held at SHROC. This meeting will further tighten up the SWA and map out next steps to become an active and visible movement to organize a labor movement in the South.

The first part of the Strategic Planning meeting will start on Friday Dec 7 at 12pm – 2pm and the second part will by on Saturday Dec 8 at 2pm – 4pm.

Conference Location: International Longshoreman’s Association Local 1422 Union Hall

1142 Morrision Drive Charleston SC 29403

For more information and to register visit www.southernhumanrights.org