[UPDATE: Strikers have settled! But these suggestions below can come in handy next time, especially with more pre-planning and lead time. Heh heh heh]
Workers at American Licorice, located in Union City (irony noted), makers of Red Vines, have been on strike for a week now. More details here in the Union City Patch. The Occupy Oakland General Assembly recently voted to support the strike and early this morning, many Occupiers stood with workers on the picket lines, trying to prevent “scab” workers from entering the factory.
The strikers cannot legally block the gates, but nonunion supporters can do that and much, much more. Below are a few off-the-cuff ideas from previous strike support work I’ve done. The important thing is that, with a couple exceptions, they are all legal and nonviolent and help increase the support base by involving people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to be involved in a picket line. These and similar tools also directly target vulnerabilities. Picket lines, while important for morale and highly symbolic are themselves somewhat tangential.
I might try to update this later, since I have to get to real work now. Any suggestions welcome!
Read below for list of suggested actions!