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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.

FMC members cite progress in cross-border report

Two Federal Maritime Commission members hailed U.S. dredging legislation and Seattle-Tacoma port cooperation as “significant” steps to help U.S. ports compete with Canadian and Mexican gateways for shipments to U.S. points.

Commissioners Richard A. Lidinsky Jr. and William P. Doyle … noted this year’s passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which among [...]

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Manitoba pushes potash

Manitoba is hoping to capitalize on the potash boom the way Saskatchewan has.

The Selinger government is about to invite the world’s potash producers to sink their machines into a western Manitoba mine that could generate $2 billion worth of royalties for the province over the course of 40 years.

The Potash Corporation of Manitoba [...]

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Scheduled events could push ILWU talks into August

From yesterday’s Journal of Commerce:

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union today completed its two-day caucus in San Francisco, and the union will resume contract negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association on Wednesday. … Contract negotiations will resume Wednesday and will continue for the rest of this week, but the talks will recess again on [...]

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Canadian Pacific logs best-ever quarterly financial results

Increases were led by U.S. and Canadian grain. Excerpts from Progressive Railroading:

Canadian Pacific this week announced its second-quarter financial results were the strongest-ever quarterly results in the railroad’s history.

Total revenue climbed 12 percent to $1.7 billion, operating income jumped 40 percent to $587 million and reported net income soared 48 percent to $371 [...]

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PMA and ILWU Provide Update on Contract Talks

Click to download news release; text below

SAN FRANCISCO (July 18, 2014) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) today issued the following statement:

After several days of ongoing talks, both parties will break from negotiations next Monday and Tuesday in order for the ILWU to convene [...]

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Japan says Trans-Pacific Partnership regional free trade talks agree broadly on labour, health issues

Pacific trade talks have reached broad agreement on labour issues and sanitary and phytosanitary standards but some difficult aspects remain to be tackled, Japan’s chief negotiator said on Saturday.

Chief Japanese negotiator Koji Tsuruoka said the 12 member nations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) made progress at talks in Ottawa but there was no discussion [...]

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Citizens’ group concerned about secrecy around Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks in Ottawa

The Council of Canadians, a concerned citizens’ group, is sounding the alarm over what it says is too much government secrecy on a round of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks currently being held in Ottawa.

Trade officials from the 12 TPP countries are meeting behind closed doors in Ottawa from July 3-12. It’s believed at least [...]

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Canadian truckers slam increasing U.S. border fees

Canadian truckers have blasted a U.S. proposal that would greatly hike some fees at the border.

The fleet group, the Canadian Trucking Alliance, says it strongly objects to a proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to substantially raise the Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service fees.

In filing comments in response to the USDA’s [...]

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Port truck drivers eye another strike in Vancouver

March 2014 protest of Vancouver, BC truck drivers. Photo by the Vancouver Sun.

From Land Line Magazine:

Port truck drivers that serve Canada’s largest port are again threatening to stop working, while port officials are threatening to remove access for trucking companies that don’t treat drivers fairly.

Drayage drivers are concerned that trucking companies [...]

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Canada give Port Metro Vancouver US$2.7M to reduce wait times

From Today’s Trucking:

The Canadian government announced it is contributing C$3 million (US$2.76 million) to reduce wait times at Port Metro Vancouver’s four terminals by using new technologies to better link operations.

The Common Data Interface (CDI) project will help schedule container truck movements by:

Collecting data on gate and terminal activities, which will help [...]

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Alaska, IBU reach tentative agreement on new contract

The IBU represents about 650 Alaska Marine Highway System employees. The state is still negotiating with the other two unions representing ferry workers: the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association and the International Association of Masters, Mates and Pilots.

The largest labor union representing Alaska Marine Highway System workers has a tentative agreement for a new [...]

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Seaspan enters arbitration with union members manning B.C. port operations

From CKNW:

The union representing longshoremen and the company that provides ship docking services at BC ports has agreed to binding arbitration — averting a potentially crippling strike at Port Metro Vancouver and other BC ports.

Mark Gordienko is the President of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada.

“It’s a mediated process, and in the [...]

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Seaspan Signs MOAs With Guild & ILWU Local 400; Strike Averted

Jonathan Whitworth, Seaspan CEO, announced that it has signed agreements with both the Canadian Merchant Service Guild (the Guild) and International Longshore Warehouse Union Local 400 to enter into binding arbitration/mediation.

Following extensive discussions with the Honourable Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of the Status of Women, Seaspan and both unions have agreed [...]

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Vancouver B.C. container terminals introduce regular night gates

TSI Terminal Systems Inc. (TSI) and DP World (Canada) Inc. have announced the introduction of night gate operations five nights a week at Port Metro Vancouver’s major container terminals, effective July 1, 2014. With the implementation of the night gates, is the introduction of a reservation fee applied to daytime transactions only. The fee is [...]

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West Coast port talks carry baggage of 2002

From the Los Angeles Business Journal:

As contract talks have begun between shipping businesses and port workers, importers are stepping up the pace in anticipation of a possible port shutdown. But industry experts believe that both sides are motivated to reach a deal without a repeat of the disastrous lockout of 2002.

In 2002, labor [...]

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