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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.

Murkowski, King seek to enlist other senators in an Arctic caucus

”What I am trying to do is raise awareness about all things Arctic. I’m trying to allow members to see and appreciate that the Arctic is not just about Alaska,” Murkowski said in an interview Tuesday.

From the Alaska Dispatch News:

Coming soon to the U.S. Capitol is a new group of lawmakers: the Senate [...]

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CN Rail, Unifor reach tentative late-night deal to avoid lockout

Unifor says it has reached a tentative contract settlement with Canadian National Railway to avoid a lockout of 4,800 workers.

The Montreal-based railway had said it planned to lock out workers represented by Unifor unless the union agreed to binding arbitration to settle contract differences. However, Unifor president Jerry Dias had firmly rejected binding arbitration.

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CP Rail strike ends as workers agree to arbitration

A strike at Canadian Pacific came to a sudden end Monday after rail workers, facing the prospect of back-to-work legislation, agreed to end the stoppage and send the labour dispute to arbitration.

A key issue was fatigue for rail workers, and the union is hoping arbitration can bring about a better system to manage the [...]

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3,000 locomotive engineers and conductors begin strike in Canada

In an article titled ‘CP engineers on strike after talks fail,’ the Journal of Commerce reports:

A Teamsters union representing more than 3,000 Canadian Pacific Railway locomotive engineers and conductors walked off the job after failing to reach an agreement by the midnight deadline on Feb. 14.

Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) members went on [...]

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CN train hauling crude oil derails in Ontario

An eastbound CN freight train hauling crude oil has derailed on the CN mainline north of Gogama. The wreckage is on fire according to information provide by a CN official.

The stretch of rail between Gogama and Foleyet is extremely remote and cannot be accessed by road, according to Ontario Provincial Police. CN said the [...]

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CP receives notice of Teamsters Canada Rail Conferences’ intent to strike

From Canadian Pacific’s web site:

​​​​​​​​Despite Canadian Pacific’s best efforts to reach an agreement with Teamsters Canada Rail Conference-Running Trades (TCRC), the union has provided official notice of its intent to strike the company in the event there is not a negotiated settlement. This group represents more than 3,000 active locomotive engineers and conductors at [...]

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Container truckers protest Port Metro Vancouver’s licensing decisions

Hundreds of transport trucks wound their way along Knight Street in Vancouver Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 in protest as part of an ongoing labour dispute with the Port Metro Vancouver.

Trucker Jurjit Dulay was protesting Wednesday because he’s out of work — along with about 600 other drivers, as well as mechanics and staff, [...]

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Rail car shortage blunts Puget Sound ports’ comeback bid

From Bloomberg:

In the U.S., shippers of grain, coal and other commodities have told regulators of poor service from BNSF, owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. The U.S. Surface Transportation Board in June ordered railroads to report plans for resolving the backlogs.

Seattle and Tacoma are being stymied in their push to [...]

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Arctic shipping volume rises as ice melts

Much of the new traffic through the Northern Sea Route is one-way shipments of fossil fuels from Northern Europe to Asia or is between Russian ports. Wall Street Journal photo.

Reported in the Wall Street Journal:

The opening up of the Arctic for commercial cargo offers a faster route for some shipments between Europe [...]

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Louis Dreyfus Canadian canola plant offline indefinitely after fire

Louis Dreyfus fire, Yorkton, Saskatchewan

A canola-crushing plant owned by the Canadian unit of global grain trader Louis Dreyfus Corp will be offline indefinitely after an explosion and fire on Friday, the company said.

Firefighters are investigating the cause of the blast at the Yorkton, Saskatchewan, plant, and an assessment of the structural condition of [...]

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Port of Tacoma CEO to head Tacoma-Seattle alliance

Port of Tacoma CEO John Wolfe said it remains to be determined whether he will continue to serve as the Port of Tacoma chief executive as well as the alliance CEO or whether he will give up his Tacoma post to assume the new post.

The ports of Tacoma and Seattle, for decades rivals in [...]

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As new CEO takes helm, Port of Seattle faces stiff competition for shipping

Ted Fick, the Port of Seattle’s new CEO, is a former manufacturing and distribution company executive who is from Tacoma.

The Port of Seattle’s new CEO began work Thursday, faced with a booming airport and a struggling seaport.

According to port documents, the Port of Seattle supports 148,000 maritime jobs that pay an average of [...]

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Famed Northwest Passage ship found in Arctic

British explorer Sir John Franklin and 128 sailors aboard two ships, the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, vanished in 1846 during their quest to find the long-sought passage along the northern coast of North America and through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Harper said it wasn’t yet known which of the ships — ”perfectly preserved” [...]

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US grain exporters welcome ILWU contract but rail delay concerns persist

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway say they are working to improve service as the 2014 harvest starts to move from farms to grain elevators. A backlog of shipments caused by a harsh 2013-2014 winter, coupled with an increase in intermodal and carload freight, has resulted in some [...]

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Canada on mission to map Arctic, lay claim to broader boundaries

Canada has dispatched two icebreakers to map the Arctic seabed beneath the North Pole to support a bid to extend the country’s maritime territory deeper into the waterways at the top of the world.

A preliminary submission to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in December laid claim to about [...]

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