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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.

Anti-coal activists dressed as zombies in protest of Oakland’s controversial coal development

Photo by Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group

From the East Bay Times:

Michael Kaufman’s Halloween costume this year had a political message to it.

“I’m a no coal in Oakland zombie,” he said, his face covered in dust-colored makeup. “This is a coal-pocalypse.”

Kaufman is a member of the No Coal in Oakland group, […]

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Port of Everett to seek construction bids for South Terminal project

From Progressive Railroading:

The Port of Everett Commission in Washington has authorized its staff to solicit construction bids for the $36 million South Terminal modernization project.

The project, combined with the double rail siding now under construction, will ensure the port will be able to accommodate the next generation of over-dimensional cargo, including aerospace parts, […]

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Commonwealth Club building preserves ILWU history

Honoring longshore history: Bay Area Pensioner President Lawrence Thibeaux and ILWU International Secretary-Treasurer Willie Adams in front of the plaque commemorating the 1934 Waterfront Strike outside of the Commonwealth Club’s new headquarters.

Excerpts from The Dispatcher:

The story begins almost ten years ago when the Commonwealth Club – America’s oldest public affairs forum – […]

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Bunge-Glencore truce ending?

From Reuters:

Shares of Bunge Ltd. rose on news that an agreement that temporarily stopped Glencore from making a hostile bid will expire early next year.

The Wall Street Journal reported on the existence of the agreement and noted it might signal that Glencore is still interested in Bunge but is biding its time.

[…]

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Port of Olympia port commission race important for waterfront jobs

From an article in The Olympian titled ‘Port of Olympia candidates raise $120,000 for campaigns — and more money is on the way’:

A lot of money has been raised for the four people running for seats on the Port of Olympia commission, and more money is about to be spent, according to state […]

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Port of Coos Bay board chief highlights infrastructure improvements

From Port Strategy:

Maintaining and improving aging infrastructure remains a priority at the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay, the president of the port’s Board of Commissioners Dave Kronsteiner has said.

In a letter in the port’s 2016/2017 Annual Report, Mr Kronsteiner said that the work continued to take precedence as many of the assets […]

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Scapegoating a law that protects good jobs will not help Puerto Rico

From The Hill:

More than a month after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the situation remains dire. Forty percent of the island is without running water. Many roads and bridges are impassable. The electric grid is largely offline. The people of Puerto Rico desperately need and are entitled to help from the U.S. government. But […]

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Backers of Port of Seattle-area sports arena switch tactics

From a Seattle Times article titled ‘Sodo group says KeyArena renovation should be public, not private, process’:

Yet another twist in this city’s ongoing arena saga now sees entrepreneur Chris Hansen and his group adopting a strategy once used against him by the Port of Seattle and its allies.

Hansen’s land-use lawyer, Jack McCullough, has […]

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ILWU Local 4 joins community in fighting ‘big oil money’ in Vancouver port election

From an article titled ‘When Big Money Lands In A Small Vancouver Election’ at Oregon Public Broadcasting:

The longshoremen’s union back port commission candidate Don Orange and have spoken out against the proposed oil terminal. If elected, Orange could shift the power of the three-member port commission board against the project for the first time. […]

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ILWU Local 21 cautions against ‘EGT-type situation’ as Port of Longview OK’s new lease

From The Daily News:

Eight days after reaching a tentative deal with International Raw Materials, Port of Longview commissioners Wednesday agreed to enter a new five-year lease with the terminal operator, in what is expected to bring millions of dollars in new revenue and dozens of jobs to the port.

The commissioners gave the green […]

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Oakland’s maritime revenue growth slows after losing terminal

From Container Management:

The Port of Oakland has announced that its maritime revenue grew by just 1.8% in the fiscal year of 2017, which ended on 30th June.

This was the first full fiscal year without Ports America Outer Harbour. Ports America exited the terminal in January 2016, saying it was re-focussing its West Coast […]

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BHP requests lower shorelines permit fee for proposed potash facility at Port of Grays Harbor

From The Daily World:

The company considering a $440 million potash export facility at the Port of Grays Harbor told the City of Hoquiam the $445,000 shorelines permit application fee calculated by the city is “in excess of that which could be considered reasonable relative to expected costs” and asked the city to cut it […]

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Pacific Coast Pensioners celebrate 50th anniversary

From the ILWU Dispatcher:

The 50th Annual Convention of the ILWU’s Pacific Coast Pensioners Association (PCPA) was held September 18-20 in Long Beach, California where delegates marked their important organizational milestone. The convention was hosted by the Southern California Pensioners.

“This year’s event is extra-special because it marks our ‘Golden Anniversary’ in honor of the […]

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Port of Seattle appoints new Seaport Director

From Maritime Executive:

The Port of Seattle’s director of environmental and planning programs, Stephanie Jones Stebbins, has been named the new managing director of the port’s maritime division. Jones Stebbins will be responsible for directing the operations of the port’s cruise, commercial fishing, merchant marine and recreational marina business lines, plus its marine maintenance and […]

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Unions disappointed, but not surprised by Trump decision to disband labor-management forum

From the Washington Post:

After several months of silence on the topic, President Donald Trump did what many federal unions thought was inevitable: He disbanded a formal advisory panel designed to create and foster partnerships between labor and agency management.

His decision to eliminate the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations came late last Friday […]

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