On Monday, June 19th, workers at all of the businesses owned by Bob Curry embarked on a one-week strike to raise awareness about their ongoing fight for justice. CLUE clergy, staff, and fellows had a strong presence at the ports and beyond throughout the intense week of action. Here are some of the key events of the strike:
CLUE Clergy Delegate to Owner Bob Curry
June 13th (Pre-Strike)
A dozen Long Beach and area clergy went to Bob Curry's Cal Cartage headquarters to deliver a letter and attempt to speak with him. While he did not come out to meet the group, his lawyer did receive the letter. As a result, Bob Curry has said he would contact CLUE's Father Will to arrange a small meeting.
USA Today Cover Story Breaks
June 16th (Pre-Strike)
On the same day that the strike was first announced, USA Today dropped a major cover story detailing the extensive labor (and moral) violations at the ports. This article, and its follow-up, was based on a yearlong investigation by the USA TODAY Network; the media coverage was in itself a major victory, and spurred public dialogue during the strike.
CLUE Fellows Join the Ports Strike
Wednesday, June 21st
During their week of training, our Young Religious Leadership Fellows joined port workers on the picket line. They also attended a Long Beach CLUE Committee meeting, where workers on strike shared personal testimony about their experiences at the ports.
Clergy Join Press Conference at LA City Hall
Friday, June 23rd
In the past, Mayors Eric Garcetti (LA) and Robert Garcia (LB) came together for the Green Ports initiative. At Friday's press conference, clergy and community members expressed a demand for similar collaboration around worker justice issues.