Occupy Oakland protesters leave port to breakfast with union chief
Meanwhile, workers began to show up for work Thursday morning, port officials said in a statement.
"Seaport operations have partially resumed, though the situation remains fluid," officials said in the statement. "Port employees have been directed to show up at work as normal, pursuant to regular work schedules."
Protesters had gone to the port’s entrance at 3rd and Adeline streets Thursday and blocked access, causing several confrontations with truckers arriving at the port.
But Richard Mead, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which represents most of the dock workers at the port, spent the morning talking with the protesters.
“He invited them to leave the street, and he invited them all out to breakfast,” said Craig Merrilees, a union spokesman
They went to a food truck, where dock workers often eat, for breakfast burritos, Merrilees said.
-- Sam Quinones
Photo: Occupy Oakland protesters stand atop scaffolding at the Port of Oakland on Wednesday. Credit: Noah Berger / Associated Press