MSNBC: Port truckers’ strike sends ripples through labor world


Most work stoppages don’t include a musical interlude from a celebrity guest. But on Wednesday, striking California port truckers were joined at the Port of Los Angeles by Tom Morello, lead guitarist for the popular ’90s band Rage Against the Machine. Morello, a left-wing political activist and solo performer in his own right, played a few songs at the picket line to demonstrate his support.

In terms of sheer numbers, the port truckers’ strike is not a major action. Only about 120 drivers walked off the job on Monday, when the strike began. Yet in terms of significance to the labor movement, this small workplace disruption is a national event. And Tom Morello isn’t the only one paying attention.

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