HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY

Harry Bridges 001

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

BLOODY THURSDAY

Bloody Thursday 006Bloody Thursday is an ILWU holiday commemorating a riot and honoring the deaths of four people on Thursday, July 5, 1934 in San Francisco. It is the only day of the year you will not find a single longshoreman anywhere on the dock.

The strike and subsequent riot marked the birth of the ILWU. For more information about Bloody Thursday, click here.