For the most part, marine terminals on the west coast were closed last Friday in honor of Harry Bridges’ birthday. So, who exactly was Harry Bridges?
He was the father of the ILWU. If you remember last month’s story about “Bloody Thursday,” Mr. Bridges was instrumental in planning the strike and was key in negotiating the contract and the eventual formation of the ILWU.
That is why his birthday, July 28th, is an ILWU holiday