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
The Port of Oakland celebrated its 90th Anniversary last month, but they are not resting on their laurels. They have big plans for 2017 and beyond. The port is investing in a refrigerated cargo facility, expansion of the TraPac terminal and raising cranes at SSA to accommodate mega-ships.
Take a look at the video above. It showcases the past 90 years in 90 seconds.
The port has been around almost as long as Devine. We started in 1923 and are 94 years young.