The Journal of Commerce reports on the ups and downs of negotiations between ILWU Clerical Workers and the employer:
July 31, 2012, 2:02 AM:
Two-hours of discussions Monday end on sour note, with no new talks planned
Contract negotiations between office clerical workers and the attorney representing waterfront employers in Los Angeles-Long Beach resumed Monday [...]
Dangerous cargo had been exploded on board of the container ship Maersk Kinloss in Iliychevsk, Ukraine. During the discharge of the cargo, the dock workers noticed that several containers are seriously damaged, due to explosion on board. The container, which caused explosion was loaded with the dangerous cargo of aluminum phosphide.
The fire caused damage [...]
Eight people and three corporations were charged Wednesday with a scheme to avoid customs fees when importing hundreds of millions of dollars of goods through the Port of Long Beach, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in San Diego.
The scheme relied on marking goods on official documents as being for trans-shipment to Mexico, not [...]
Development charities have been concerned for some time that corporate agribusiness supplies the lion’s share of the contracted food aid and the Guardian investigation bears this out.
It is not surprising ADM, Cargill and Bunge dominate food aid, since they dominate global grain trade too. They are also powerful political players; in the first [...]
“Labor cannot stand still. It must not retreat.It must go on, or go under.”
– Harry BridgesJuly 28, 1901–March 30, 1990
Two months after a free-trade agreement between the United States and Colombia went into effect, workers and activists are warning that U.S.-stipulated labour reforms have not been fully implemented and have yet to result in promised improvements in the lives of workers.
“We ask President (Barack) Obama to push for more guarantees for Colombian workers,” [...]
Breakbulk volumes, auto exports and intermodal lifts continue to outpace last year’s numbers at the Port of Tacoma in Washington.
Port officials said the demand for agricultural and industrial equipment overseas continues to fuel breakbulk’s 95.5 percent year-to-date gain at 136,774 tons of cargo. Intermodal lifts rose to 182,523, a gain of [...]
Cranes stack containers from cargo ships at the Port of Vancouver on October 16, 2008. A U.S. federal agency is poised to chastise Canada in an upcoming report to Congress, alleging Canadian ports on the West Coast are deliberately luring lucrative cargo business away from their American counterparts, say sources familiar with the findings. [...]
Industry publications continue to show interest in the recent longshore protest in Coos Bay. From Pacific Maritime Magazine:
An International Longshore and Warehouse Union local branch has begun what it says is an informational campaign against an Oregon lumber company that has hired non-union labor to work at a new barge facility.
Members of ILWU [...]
The IDC unites dockworkers around the globe, including ILWU, seen here represented by International President Robert McEllrath and Vice President (Mainland) Ray Familathe last month.
The International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO plans to affiliate with the worldwide International Dockworkers Council (IDC), according to an announcement by the ILA’s president, Harold J. Daggett.
The IDC is [...]
ILWU Local 94 longshore worker Steve Saggiani was killed in a waterfront accident on January 19, 2012, at the age of 47. OSHA announced Thursday that ‘SSA Marine failed to prevent this worker from being in harm’s way.’
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited SSA Marine Thursday in regards [...]
From the Zambo Times:
International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), which has proven to be the trailblazer in the Philippines and abroad, invests $300 million for the container terminal in Nigeria and express interest to bid for Davao port.
ICTSI Chairman and President Enrique K. Razon Jr. said ICTSI is pursuing the ongoing privatization opportunities [...]
From the Journal of Commerce:
A U.S. District Court in Portland on Thursday denied most of the requests by waterfront employers that the court take action against the International Longshore and Warehouse Union for alleged work slowdowns at the Port of Portland.
Judge Michael Simon upheld an earlier preliminary injunction barring disruptive actions by the [...]
Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:
The International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance ended three days of negotiations with optimism about a strike-free contract for East and Gulf Coast dockworkers.
The two sides agreed the ILA would fill any new jobs created by technology, and to establish a process under which any ILA [...]
Thursday’s decision by a Federal District Court in Portland validates the ILWU’s view that longshoremen are being unfairly blamed for carriers leaving the Port of Portland in recent weeks, when the real offender is Philippines-based ICTSI.
ILWU Coast Committeeman Leal Sundet said:
We respect the court and Judge Simon, and appreciate that he can see [...]