ILA President Harold Daggett
International Longshoremen's Association
The ILA will not work a container ship without a crew aboard. Already one company developing these automated ships also plans for automated loading and unloading of cargo from these crew-less ships without workers.
Technology doesn’t have to exploit workers, it doesn’t have to mean robots are coming for all of our jobs. These are not inevitable outcomes, they are human decisions, and they are almost always made by people driven by a profit motive.
Olivia Rockeman, James Attwood and Joe Deaux
To maintain productivity and safety, some jobs are installing robot coworkers. Labor unions worry that the robots will continue to occupy jobs after the pandemic ends while others say they will free up workers for other positions.
The ILWU was fined $93.6 million over a labor dispute in Oregon, a sum which could bankrupt the union. Union President Adams explains that the ILWU will fight the judgement in court and will continue to defend its members, no matter the outcome.
On picket lines around the country, from Wyoming, Michigan to Rochester, N.Y. to Langhorne, Pennsylvania ---G.M. workers made the strike their own.
Their fight is one that all of us, regardless of the work we do, should claim as our own.
Fascism may be resurging, but so is socialism. Yet what would a genuine post-scarcity, egalitarian, democratic, communist society look like? The author thinks he knows, offering tantalizing if evanescent glimpses that tweak the imagination.