RANK & FILE LONGSHOREMEN REFUSE TO WORK 'DIANA SKOU'!
by Coalition to Stop Rhodesian and South African Imports
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Undated, apparently early 1975
Leaflet passed out to longshoremen at the Philadelphia docks urging them to attend their union meeting and support a resolution reaffirming the position of International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) Local 1291 "affirms support of the boycott of Rhodesian and South African mineral and metal products, and that ILA longshoremen are not to handle such cargoes." This recommendation comes after rank and file longshoremen of Local 1291, with the support of 50 members of the Coalition to Stop Rhodesian and South African Imports, refused to work the Diana Skou, operated by the South African Marine Co., at pier 38 South on December 23. The leaflet describes how a union official red-baited the coalition and argued with them about their reasons for refusing to offload Rhodesian goods because of treatment of African workers there. The longshoremen decided to unload the ship after this interaction, feeling they were being intimidated and might be denied jobs in the future.
Used with permission of former members of the Coalition to Stop Rhodesian and South African Imports.
Collection: Vincent Klingler papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections