“The First Major Labor Battle of the Twenty-first Century”
This chapter explores the riot that occurred between the Charleston police and the International Longshoremen Association (ILA) on January 19, 2000, in Charleston, South Carolina. It explains that the protests erupted due to the breaking of the 22-year-old agreement between the Danish Nordana Shipping Line and the ILA when the former decided to hire nonunion workers. The nonunion worker wages were significantly lower than the union workers, making them a viable option for the company, which also sparked debate across other ports in New Orleans and Houston on how nonunionized labor has threatened union jobs.
Keywords: nonunionized labor, union jobs, New Orleans, Houston, Nordana Shipping Line, International Longshoremen Association, Charleston, South Carolina