International Longshore and Warehouse Union
Local 8, Portland, Oregon
Save Portlandís Longshore Memorial
Members of ILWU Locals 8, 40 and 92 are concerned that the Francis J. Murnane memorial wharf, which was dedicated in Portland by Harry Bridges in 1979, is slated for destruction. The wharf is named after former ILWU Local 8 President Murnane and is Oregonís only public monument to a union worker.
Brother Murnane worked tirelessly to advance the cause of working families, end poverty, and restore many of Portlandís treasured historical monuments for future generations. These monuments include Pittock mansion, the Benson fountains, Skidmore Fountain, the Campbell firefighterís memorial, and many more.
We have petitions in our union halls for members and friends to sign. It says:
We ask that the Murnane wharf be restored with a plaque to replace the one that is missing. If the wharf cannot be restored, we ask that an equivalent monument in Portland be named in honor of Francis J. Murnane. We ask that any monument to Brother Murnane be as large as his personality, as beautiful and visible as the monuments he saved for Portland, and that it carries a plaque that contains the exact language as the original plaque that was dedicated by the City in 1979.
For more information on Brother Murnane, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_J._Murnane
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