Port: Blockades Cost Millions In Lost Activity

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Port of Oakland officials say disruptions caused by protesters likely cost businesses, workers and the surrounding community millions of dollars.

Port spokesman Isaac Kos-Read said Tuesday that officials estimate the port generates around $8.5 million per day in business revenue, wages, taxes and other economic activity.

Protesters began blocking port entrances early Monday morning, leading to a major slowdown of operations when most longshoremen were sent home from the morning shift. Protests in the afternoon and through the night led to the cancellation of two more shifts.

The longshoremen’s union said the blockades resulted in about 500 cancelled shifts but that the work will have to be made up to handle the backlogged cargo.

Port officials said normal operations at the port resumed Tuesday morning.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

  • ty

    Good job protestors.. you ruined blue collar workers entire week, not only were they sent home, but they have to catch up for the rest of the week… what a joke, ruining other peoples jobs because you dont have one… stay classy

    • pynaetlb

      You can bet they were sent home with pay, and they will get overtime to catch up.

      • Say Something

        PYNAETLB- Learn what life is like for a driver (long haul or local) with a family… during the holidays. Overtime? Some truck drivers would like to spend time with their families rather than do make up time AKA OT in your book. These “occupiers” are IGNORANT.

    • JMHO55

      Exactly. These protesters are hurting the very people they claim to try to be helping. How stupid can they be? If you take down a company, you kill opportunities for hundreds or thousands. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

  • redneckwriter

    I’ve lost all respect for these “Occupy”ers. These truckers are trying to earn a living and these hulligans (moderator will not let me post what I wanted to say) have to distrupt other peoples lives..

    • ty

      Agreed redneck

      • nothingchanges

        They are all ant-capitalist socialist obama nut swingers.

  • will

    Millions were lost because the dumb occupiers were allow to do it. To many bleeding hearts!! Weak mayors!!!!

  • Concerned Citizen

    A society built on consumption worships the dollar, and only the dollar.

    The lie that the US is a Christian nation is just that: a big lie.

    Lloyd Blankfein was right, they do god’s work. Because you give them the power by worshipping the money. Not my god, but clearly your god. Your god is money.

    It’s always all for the money, right geniuses?

    Have you realized what hypocrites you are, yet?

  • rick

    occu-idiots are the biggest bunch of single digit IQ people i have ever seen.stopping the working man from making a days wage is not helping any cause

  • Hopeful

    To: pynaetlb
    I was in full support of the movement when it began as an assault on the 1%, now it has shifted to an attack on anything that people can rally behind. Yes, Goldman Sachs does partially own a few of the ports as well as other members of the 1%. This is no reason to disrupt well paying jobs of the 99%, the protesters don’t realize how much harm they’re doing. The original fight of the 99% was towards wealth distribution, which is what the 1% are actually doing right for once! Stop occupying the ports and let the 99% thrive, please.

  • hionthemountain

    You can bet the 1%ers are laughing their arses off at all of this cause the disruption that the O-piers cause won’t put a dent in their pocketbooks

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