Local labor organizations are gearing up for what they plan to be a “massive” demonstration when the first grain ship put in at the EGT grain terminal, an event that’s projected to happen some time later this month. The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Central Labor Council is calling a “special labor caucus” at 5:30 this evening, to discuss the “Call to Action” that the Council put out at the beginning of this month. They’re asking for all labor organizations involved in the CLC to attend, along with other unions not affiliated with the region. Both the CLC and the ILWU support a demonstration of some sort, but the Longshore Union is also urging caution. They say any demonstration cannot disrupt port operations, as that would be a violation of federal law, and could subject the Longshore Union to additional sanctions. This evening’s special caucus will be held at the Union Hall at 536 Oregon Way in Longview.
There’s also a special movie showing tomorrow night at the Kelso Theatre Pub, in what’s being called a “Community Action Movie Night.” There will be a special screening of “Bloody Thursday,” a documentary about the formation of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in 1934. The movie screening is about an hour in length, then will be followed by a slide show of current events involving the union. The Pub’s doors will open at 6 pm tomorrow night, then the movie will start at 7. Organizers say that they expect a large crowd to attend, filling all 300 seats at the theatre.