Forget what your calendar says. It is not Wednesday. Today is actually Bloody Thursday. It is the one day of the year the longshoremen will not work – in any capacity – on the waterfront. Bloody Thursday is always honored on July 5th and commemorates the violent end to an 83-day strike as well as the birth of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).
Click here to learn more about why the ILWU recognize this day. Since nothing is moving on or off dock today, you will have a little time to read up on the history of the ILWU.