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Herb Mills is a retired longshoreman and leader of the International Longshoremen's & Warehousemen's Union (ILWU), one of the most progressive unions in the country. His extraordinary experience and insights are expressed in an oral history, novel, and almost 100 articles, papers, and monographs. He is now 86 years old. His mind is sharp. He is interested in making his lifetime of intellectual work accessible to a wider public. Please contribute now to OTC so this work can be edited, published, and made widely accessible.
Herb was an important contributor to the Berkeley student movement. He played a major role in SLATE and the 1960 student-led anti-HUAC demonstrations, and traveled throughout the country speaking on their behalf. In 1963, he left a promising academic career to become a San Francisco Bay Area longshoreman, and a leader in the International Longshoremen's & Warehousemen's Union (ILWU)--one of the most progressive unions in the country. During those years, and in his retirement, Herb wrote numerous articles, papers and monographs on the union, the pre- and post-containerization nature of longshore work, and related matters. Many of these have been published--usually in specialized labor history or labor economics journals. In addition, in 1999 Herb did an oral history with ILWU historian Harvey Schwartz. And he wrote Presente, a novel about a longshoreman business agent. Both the novel and oral history describe ILWU solidarity action during the time of the coup d'etat against Chilean President Salvador Allende's democratically elected government; against the junta in El Salvador; against Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos for his involvement in the murder of two Filipino members of the ILWU; and action that stopped the near-hanging of Kim Dae-jung, who was subsequently elected president of South Korea. (Herb and ILWU President Brian McWilliams were honored guests at Kim Dae-jung's inauguration.)