The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

ITF Urges Grain Terminals’ Owners to End ILWU Lockouts

Excerpts rom the Journal of Commerce:

The International Transport Workers’ Federation has repeated its concerns, as well as its member unions’ concerns, regarding the lockout of International Longshore and Warehouse Union workers at the United Grain terminal in Washington’s Port of Vancouver in Washington and the Columbia Grain terminal in Oregon’s Port of Portland.

The […]


San Francisco Port celebration includes ILWU

Loud & proud: ILWU Local 10’s Drill Team was invited by the Port to perform their snappy routine on April 28th.

ILWU members were a prominent part of the Port’s 150th Anniversary celebrations held during the month of April.

Locals 10, 34, 75, and the IBU sponsored the ILWU 1934 and 1948 educational […]


Australia: Patrick stevedores lock out Dampier workers

The MUA have been locked out since Tuesday, after introducing a Fair Work Australia sanctioned ban on unscheduled overtime.

Patrick stevedores have locked out their 26 strong Dampier workforce after pay talks stalled with the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA).

MUA organiser, Doug Heath, says the lock-out follows 22 months of difficult talks over […]


Las empresas graneleras extranjeras continúan con los cierres patronales, los trabajadores portuarios se mantienen firmes

[NOTE: This is a Spanish translation of our grain update in the May Dispatcher. Read the English original at http://www.longshoreshippingnews.com/?p=12592.]

Cierre patronal: Los miembros del Local 4 en la línea de piquete después de que Mitsui-United Grain bloqueara su entrada en Vancouver, WA. Foto de Jared Moultrie, muellero de ILWU Local 4.

Los estibadores […]


Kirby CEO Urges Support for Jones Act at House Subcommittee Hearing

Kirby CEO Joseph Pyne was among many business and shipping industry leaders speaking in support of the job-creating benefits of the Jones Act.

Testifying on behalf of the American Maritime Partnership, Kirby Corporation Chairman & CEO Joseph Pyne urged Members of Congress to strongly support the Jones Act for the economic, national security and homeland […]


Hyundai’s new autos on move again after ship problems

As recently as Monday, the Morning Spruce was shown in the North Pacific with a speed of 0 on ship-tracking websites.

Hyundai says the cargo ship Morning Spruce is on the move again, now scheduled to dock in the U.S. next week with a load of 61 redesigned 2014 Equus luxury sedans.

Morning Spruce was […]


Foreign grain merchants continue lockouts; longshore workers stand strong

Locked Out: Members of Local 4 are on the picket line after being locked out by Mitsui-United Grain in Vancouver, WA. Members of ILWU Local 8 are also locked out at Marubeni-Columbia Grain in Portland. Photo by Jared Moultrie, ILWU Local 4 member.

Longshore workers in Oregon and Washington are continuing their round-the-clock fight […]


ITF makes formal complaint to Mitsui over Port of Vancouver lockout

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has reiterated its and its member unions’ continuing concern over the unacceptable lockout of workers at the Port of Vancouver, Washington State, USA.

The Federation laid out its views on the dispute in a formal complaint to Masami Iijima, president and CEO of Mitusi Limited, which owns United Grain […]


Nigeria: Dockworker drowns after tractor pushes him into lagoon; death is terminal’s second in a month

Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria member Ahmed Usman’s death was the second in a month at the Five Star Logistics Terminal in Lagos, Nigeria. Last month, his colleague Uduak was crushed to death when a loader trailer ramp fell on him. The private terminal operator won a concession to operate the Ro-Ro terminal in […]


Sydney ferry workers walk off the job

A private operator took control of the Sydney’s ferry fleet in August of last year.

Sydney’s ferries are set to grind to a halt this morning as workers walk off the job.

All services apart from those on the Taronga Zoo route will stop at 10am after Maritime Union of Australia called a stop […]


Coos Bay outlines dredging plan

As Bandon and other small ports wait to see whether the federal government will fund maintenance dredging, the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay is moving ahead to continue its own.

A notice of application published Tuesday by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shows the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay has applied for […]


Port of Tacoma still sees gains from Grand Alliance

The Port of Tacoma’s terminals handled 617,076 container units through April. That compares with 458,477 in 2012.

Much of the credit for those bigger numbers goes to the Grand Alliance, a consortium of four shipping lines that moved to the Port of Tacoma from the Port of Seattle last July. The four container lines, NYK, […]


Russia’s Uralkali to delay potash expansion if BHP mine proceeds

BHP’s not-yet-final plan for a mine near Jansen, Saskatchewan, that would produce 8 million tonnes annually, would change the global supply and demand picture so dramatically that Russia-based Uralkali would rein in its own expansion plans if BHP goes ahead, Chief Executive Vladislav Baumgertner said in an email exchange with Reuters this week.

Uralkali is […]


Port of Oakland selects new top executive six months after resignation of Omar Benjamin amid spending scandal

Christopher Lytle will be leaving the Port of Long Beach to take the help in Oakland.

The Port of Oakland appointed a new director Thursday after a four-month search prompted after a spending scandal that forced out the previous director, Omar Benjamin.

The new top director, Chris Lytle, will take over on July 1 and […]


Labor Health Care Plans May Suffer as Part of Obamacare Implementation

[NOTE: ILWU International President Robert McEllrath was one of three International AFL-CIO Vice Presidents on the Executive Council who voted against supporting the bill.]

It appears one of the surprise losers during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act maybe some of the labor unions that most strongly supported the law. From the Hill:

Many […]