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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.

Commodity trader Louis Dreyfus sees better signs as first-half profits rise

From Reuters:

Louis Dreyfus, one of the world’s top grain trading firms, pointed to improved signs for its commodity trading activities as it posted higher first-half profits in the face of a continuation of high staple crops supplies.

Along with its peers, Louis Dreyfus has been overhauling its businesses as margins for buying, selling […]

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Labor advocates from US and Canada say Trump’s NAFTA proposal fails to protect workers

From Reuters:

The United States on Tuesday unveiled draft text on labor standards during the negotiations on modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement as top officials from Canada, the United States and Mexico joined talks in Ottawa.

“The U.S. proposal makes no sense to me,” Jerry Dias, president of Canada’s UNIFOR labor union, told […]

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New Republican NLRB majority may start undoing Obama-era labor laws

From Fortune:

The National Labor Relations Board may soon start unwinding Obama-era legislation seen by industry as favorable to labor. On Monday, Senate Republicans confirmed a second Trump nominee to the five-member board, giving it a Republican majority for the first time in the current administration.

William Emanuel will join President Trump’s first nominee, Marvin […]

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ILWU Canada ‘proud to help fight like hell’ in favor of $15 minimum wage to get BC workers out of poverty

Excerpts from an article titled ‘Vancouver rally held to push NDP government to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour’:

ILWU Canada members support raising Canada’s federal minimum wage, including ILWU Canada President Rob Ashton, seen here with microphone.

On Wednesday, September 27, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada members held a demonstration in […]

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ND Gavilon Grain worker trapped in equipment freed by co-workers

From NewsDakota:

A worker for an area grain company was hurt after getting trapped in a piece of equipment. It happened at Gavilon Grain which is just west of Jamestown, North Dakota.

Around 2:45pm yesterday, emergency crews got a report of an industrial accident. According to reports, a worker was trapped in a piece of […]

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Union power on display in California’s just-completed legislative session

Excerpts from the Sacramento Bee:

Labor is a major player at the Capitol, where Democratic lawmakers are sympathetic to its issues and some are former union members themselves. The party achieved two-thirds’ control of both houses of the Legislature last fall with the help of millions of dollars in union campaign contributions and get-out-the-vote efforts.

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Philippine port operator ICTSI sails into Papua New Guinea

Excerpts from Asia Nikkei:

ICTSI is no longer running the Port of Portland, but it is looking for footholds in other overseas markets.

International Container Terminal Services has bagged contracts to run two new ports in Papua New Guinea, as the Philippine company moves to build up its emerging-market portfolio.

Papua New Guinea is the […]

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Ruling invalidates key permits for Kalama methanol project

From The Columbian:

U.S. environmental groups opposed to the Pacific Northwest becoming an international fossil fuels gateway scored a major victory when a Washington state board invalidated two permits for a $2 billion project to manufacture methanol from natural gas and export it to China.

Last week’s decision by the state Shorelines Hearings Board is […]

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Worker dies after getting trapped in cable drum atop a crane at PSA terminal

Our condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of the victim. An Injury to One is an Injury to All.

From the Straits Times:

A 33-year-old man died at PSA’s Keppel terminal on Wednesday (Sept 20) morning.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to the rescue incident at about 10.20am. It […]

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Port of Virginia aims to have channels deeper and wider than the Port of Los Angeles

From The Virginian-Pilot:

A rough draft of a plan backed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recommends that the Port of Virginia be allowed to dredge its main shipping channels to 55 feet, down from 50 feet, and to widen them to 1,200 feet from 1,000.

Some channels would go even deeper, to 56 […]

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Six Indian sailors, languishing 18 mos. in marooned vessel near Scotland, finally reunited with family

From Mid-day.com:

Over 18 months after being detained at Aberdeen Port in the north east of Scotland, six Indian members of a crew were finally reunited with families, when they arrived in the city late last night. “We counted every day [that we were away]. We knew our ordeal would end someday and that we’d […]

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Another big box ship order raises over capacity worries

From Marine Log:

Analysts are worried that the container shipping industry is about to build itself a whole new lot of overcapacity.

South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. said in a regulatory filing today that it has clinched a 927 billion won (US$818 million) deal to build five container vessels for delivery by […]

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Gov. Brown decision means no public funds will be used to 'green-wash' job-killing automation

Note: We applaud Governor Brown’s decision to ensure this legislation doesn’t use public funds to “green-wash” job-killing automation. The ILWU Coast Longshore Division worked with ILWU California locals to educate the State Assembly on this important issue.

From an article titled ‘Labour Beats Port Automation’ from Port Technology:

California Gov. Jerry Brown

California Governor Jerry […]

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Jakartan dockworkers call on Hutchison-owned Watsons to stand up for workers’ rights

As a result of Hutchison’s refusal to negotiate in good faith, ITF affiliate, Serikat Pekerja Jakarta International Container Terminal (SPJICT), has been forced to ramp up its campaign. Today, in Jakarta, union members and their supporters took the campaign from the waterfront to Hutchison-owned health and beauty retailer Watsons.

Paddy Crumlin, President of the […]

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ITF helps five Kenyan seafarers still stranded two years after ship owner abandoned them

From The Standard:

ITF inspector Betty Makena named the sailors as Athman Mzee Hamisi, who is listed as the ship’s master, Imbuga Aggrey Diede, an electrician, Mapinga Mwalimu, Tela Hamisi Juma, who is a cook, and Yusuf Omar Ragunda, a greaser. Makena said four others Kenyans had previously joined the crew but left and […]

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