Wright, president of Teamsters Local 822, had less than 24 hours to organize a Teamsters-sponsored rally in Norfolk protesting the planned takeover of operations at six U.S. port terminals by a company from the United Arab Emirates. The local represents about 2,300 workers at UPS, Smithfield Foods and other local companies.
“It didn’t give us much time,” Wright said Friday afternoon outside the gate to Norfolk International Terminals. “I made a few phone calls.”
The Norfolk rally, with a half-dozen Teamsters braving chilly winds and holding signs reading “Goodbye Dubai – Secure America’s Ports,” was part of a nationwide blitz by the Teamsters to join the battle against the $6.8 billion purchase by Dubai Ports World. Thousands of Teamsters rallied at 19 U.S. ports on Friday, according to estimates from the international union. Full story here........http://home.hamptonroads.com/stories/story.cfm?story=100189&ran=84676