“Pirate” Dean McGrath becomes “Dr. Pirate” Dean McGrath when presiding over Local 23’s Executive Board Meetings.

Check out the Employer Complaint filed against a Local 23 crane driver for allegedly bending the joy sticks in a crane at Ports America’s Pierce County Terminal, in the Port of Tacoma.

Tacoma JPLRC EC-21-16 Tacoma JPLRC EC-21-16 1 Tacoma JPLRC EC-21-16 2 Tacoma JPLRC EC-21-16 3 Tacoma JPLRC EC-21-16 4

For those who prefer PDF format click here; Tacoma JPLRC EC-21-16

This is what it looks like when a couple of steady mechanics are out to get you. They get the Employer, in this case Ports America to file a Complaint like the one filed against Kevin Arneberg.

Mechanics do not go up and check the joy sticks after every crane driver leaves the cab, and there are no cameras in the cabs, so how did the Company decide that Kevin bent them?

The “proof” offered that Kevin “did it” is the allegation that he did the same thing on 2 prior occasions, neither of which were documented and 1 of which is outside the 30 day deadline for filing Complaints.

Looks like “Dr. Pirate” Dean and the rest of the Medical Staff on the Executive Board, think they are Dr. Drew (based on their personal experience or watching way too much reality TV) and they have decided to require Kevin to complete a 28 day inpatient program. For what? Bending joy sticks?

Travel Alert issued for travelers thinking of working in the Port of Tacoma. Double check the Lineup rules, a violation could cost you all the money you earn + $50, if you are a girl; or no fine and no dispatch to Tacoma for 6 months, if you are a guy. Not sure what they do about transgender people, do they get penalized based on their birth gender or how they identify themselves today?

On a positive note, the Anti-Bullying fundraising dinner was a success raising $278.74.

Seems like the money could be put to good use trying to educate the members of the Executive Board so they will stop bullying Travelers and Local 23 members they do not like.

On a financial note, it is interesting to see that last month the Local spent $3,622 on jackets and hats and only $784.39 on legal fees.

Was Bernie’s jacket included?

More to come, for sure…….



Harry Bridges was smiling down on his ILWU last night. Eric did NOT get voted out of the Union last night, because the rank-and-file got all the information and did the right thing.

Harry was right. If the rank-and-file gets all the information they will always do the right thing, and that is what happened at last nights’s Local 13 stop-work meeting.

By a 2 to 1 margin the members voted NOT to kick Eric out of the Union for writing his fliers.

Thank you to the lady longshoremen that took the microphone and spoke, both for and against Eric.

It is clear that the membership wants Eric to keep writing his fliers, and they want him to keep questioning the leadership.

Thank you ILWU Local 13 members, for doing the right thing.

Thank you Harry, for showing them how to do it.

An injury to one is an injury to all.

More to come…….



Bobby O Jr. and his crack head buddy, “Two Dogs Humping” Toledo, are about to learn an important lesson in Unionism. The ILWU does not “kick members out” because some stupid fucking moron like Larry does not like a flier.

Time to go back and retake your technical college labor course, Larry.

Or, you could learn a lot by reading the Statement Flier that Eric handed out at the Union Meeting tonight.

Eric - Statement Flier 4-7-16

More to come…..



Eric “The Activist” Aldape got re-elected. Is Bobby going to try and kick Eric out of Local 13 before or after he gets sworn in?

Eric “The Activist” was re-elected to the Grievance Committee and the Executive Board by Local 13’s rank-and-file.

At tomorrow’s stop-work meeting Bobby is going to swear Eric in to his elected positions, however either before of after that, Bobby is going to preside over his crack rat buddies, John “Boy Toy” Seixas and Larry “Two Dogs Humping” Toledo’s Trial Committee decision to have Eric kicked out of the Union, without telling him what it was that he did, exactly.

Check out Eric’s flier. Eric – Dirty House Flier

Eric - Dirty House Flier

More to come….