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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.

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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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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Prince Rupert container terminal to re-open following ‘incident’; 11 workers treated and released

From CBC News:

Canada’s second-largest container shipping terminal closed following what authorities at the Port of Prince Rupert described as an “incident” Sunday morning.

DP World, the company that owns the container terminal, said the incident took place at 5 a.m. PT. A spokesperson said 11 workers had to get medical treatment at the hospital […]

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Port of Vancouver BC mid-year cargo numbers up

From Business in Vancouver:

The Port of Vancouver’s (PoV) buoyant mid-year cargo numbers support recent optimistic shipping sector outlooks from some industry analysts.

Statistics released by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) show overall cargo through the port up 4% to 69 million tonnes compared with the same time last year.

The increase was led […]

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Appeals court clears Viterra in 2011 death of grain-terminal worker

From CBC/Radio-Canada:

Saskatchewan’s highest court has dismissed an appeal against a Regina-based agribusiness accused of negligence in the death of a worker in 2011.

Federal Crown prosecutors had charged Viterra — which has since been purchased by Glencore — with six violations of the Canada Labour Code.

On Sept. 8, 2011, a man working at […]

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Longshoremen donate generously to BC Children's Hospital

ILWU Longshoremen donate generously to BC Children’s Hospital

From Surrey, BC newspaper The Link:

The generosity of the local longshore union hit a record high. ILWU 502, based in Surrey, raised $52,502 for the BC Children’s Hospital this year. The union serves the ports of Fraser Surrey Docks, Deltaport and Wes-shore coal Terminals. The […]

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G3 to build rail-served grain export terminal at Port of Vancouver, B.C.

G3 Terminal Vancouver, an affiliate of G3 Global Holdings (G3), has announced plans to build a modernized grain export terminal in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Representatives say the terminal will be the first new grain terminal built at the Port of Vancouver in nearly six decades.

G3’s terminal is set to include a rail loop […]

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Hanjin seafarers, still stuck on bankrupt ship, to receive holiday care packages

Hanjin Scarlet crew were able to take brief shore leave in September. Photo by Seafarers Mission Prince Rupert

From CBC/Radio-Canada

Care packages and carolers are on their way to the crew of the Hanjin Scarlet, some of whom have been stuck onboard their vessel in B.C. waters for three and a half months.

The […]

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Port of Everett takes a ‘big beating’ with cargo decline

Lower oil prices, a weaker Chinese economy and trade sanctions with Russia are contributing to less cargo passing through the Port of Everett this year.

While a decline had been expected, it was greater than what port officials had forecast because of a dramatic drop in cargo for oil projects in Alaska and Canada.

Log […]

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Ship docked for 3 years; sailors claim they’re unpaid

Controversy dogs the cargo ship Dutch Runner, docked for three years off the coast of Nova Scotia.

From the Chronicle Herald:

After three years of sitting unmanned and empty at the Port Hawkesbury pier, and after a dust-up between the new crew, its union and the ship’s owners, the 84-metre bulk carrier Dutch Runner […]

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Hanjin Shipping crew in limbo but well looked after in Port of Vancouver BC

The crew of a Hanjin Shipping vessel docked at the Port of Vancouver is being well looked after, a local chaplain has confirmed, despite many of the company’s vessels across the Pacific being left in limbo after the company filed for protection from creditors.

The Hanjin Vienna, a 280-metre-long container ship, landed at the Deltaport […]

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BHP may mothball $2.6 billion Jansen potash project if prices remain weak

World’s largest miner BHP Billiton, the company behind the massive $2.6 billion Jansen potash project in Canada’s Saskatchewan province, may place it in the back burner if prices for the fertilizer ingredient don’t pick up by the end of the decade.

The company, which posted Tuesday its worst-ever annual loss, had already cut $130 million […]

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Fire at Bunge plant in Saskatchewan

Almost every member of the Nipawin Fire Department and all of its six trucks were called out to a fire at Bunge, just south of Nipawin the evening of Tuesday, August 2.

“It was a fire in the machinery,” said Chief Brian Starkell.

There were no injuries reported. An investigator will be coming up […]

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Worker rescued from crane at Port of Vancouver BC

CTV reports the worker ”fell approximately four meters down a ladder and landed on a platform.” We are wishing him a quick and full recovery.

From CTV:

A worker is recovering from a broken leg and minor head injury after stumbling from a crane platform at the Port of Vancouver Friday night.

Members of […]

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Where is the Port of Vancouver?

Is the Port of Vancouver in British Columbia or in Washington State?

Until recently, the north-of-the-border port was called “Port Metro Vancouver.” But earlier this month, the Canadian port changed its name to simply “Port of Vancouver.”

Washington’s port, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon, remains “Port of Vancouver USA” — check […]

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