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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.

China detains three Marubeni-Columbia Grain employees on suspicion of tax evasion

Breaking news from the Chicago Tribune about Marubeni, the Japan-based owner of the Columbia Grain elevator in Portland that’s locked out ILWU members:

Three employees at one of Marubeni Corp’s grain trading unit in China have been detained, Chinese customs said on Thursday, a move prompted by allegations of tax evasion on soybean imports.

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MUA takes Patrick to court over jobs

Ian Bray, MUA Assistant National Secretary, says Patrick has received a payment of at least $18.5 million from the Victorian government and it was in Victoria’s interests that Patrick retain permanent jobs.

The Maritime Union of Australia is taking Patrick Stevedores to court, saying it wants to stop the company from making workers redundant while [...]

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Shipping container terminal operator ICTSI penalised for Health and Safety issues

From the United Kingdom comes this report in the Handy Shipping Guide:

The longstanding dispute between the longshoremen who work in the Port of Portland and employers simmers on, and the latest development will doubtless engender an ‘I told you so’ from the dock workers who are employed at the ICTSI Oregon container shipping terminal [...]

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Hongkong International Terminals dockers’ raise depends on incentives

Dock workers at Hongkong International Terminals (HIT), the port operator hit by a five-week strike over wages last year, could see their base salaries increase by 6 per cent, and the company would offer an additional 4.1 per cent in incentive income.

But Chan Chiu-wai, of the Confederation of Trade Unions, which led last year’s [...]

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US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement's labor safeguards are failing to keep trade unionists alive

Ever Luis Marin Rolong is one of the 73 Colombian labor activists have been executed in the three years since the Labor Action Plan promised to protect unionists from such killings.

Ever Luis Marín Rolong kicked off a macabre annual body count in January when he became 2014′s first labor activist assassinated in one of [...]

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Coast Caucus concludes with priorities and a plan for Longshore contract negotiations

ILWU Longshore Caucus Delegates, March 2014

The 90 delegates and dozens of pensioners who gathered in San Francisco for the Coast Longshore Division Caucus concluded their two week meeting on March 7 after adopting an approach to negotiations for a new Longshore & Clerks Contract that expires on June 30.

Resolutions set the agenda

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Unions gather to strengthen South Pacific trade unionism

Maritime Unions have met in Auckland, New Zealand, to work towards a Regional Maritime Federation to build union strength throughout the South Pacific.

The meeting brought together the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), the Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ), the Papua New Guinea Maritime and Transport Workers Union (MTWU), the Australian Maritime Officers Union [...]

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ITF wins death threats investigation promise

SGTM members picketed at the ICTSI terminal in Portland earlier this month, and were sought by Honduran police on their return home.

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has won a promise from the Honduran ambassador to the UK to investigate death threats and victimisation of trade unionists in the city of Puerto Cortés.

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Bob Crow, 1961-2014

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is mourning the shockingly early death of our comrade Bob Crow, general secretary of the ITF-affiliated RMT, and ITF executive board member from 2002 onwards.

ITF acting general secretary Stephen Cotton said: “Bob was such a vital, tough, campaigning tower of strength that it’s almost impossible to believe that [...]

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Religious leaders urge Mitsui-UGC to repent sins of greed, theft, manipulaton

Father Jeremy Lucas said he doesn’t hate the people who run United Grain but that he feels sorry and pity for them. ”Hate gets us nowhere,” he said. Lucas also called on the Port of Vancouver and on the city of Vancouver to repent their sins, including the city’s sin of choosing to send [...]

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Troubled Port of Portland container Terminal 6 shuts after longshore-security officer altercation

Excerpts from The Oregonian:

The Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 shut down again Wednesday, this time after a verbal altercation between container-yard employees and longshore workers.

“Today ICTSI and Port supervisors threatened top loader drivers with physical violence, showing once again that ICTSI and the Port are working in collusion against union members,” said ILWU [...]

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Honduran longshoremen locked out by ICTSI picket Portland terminal

Honduran dockworkers have suffered massive job losses, violence and militarization of their cargo terminal since ICTSI took over operations at Puerto Cortes in 2013.

PORTLAND, OR (MARCH 4, 2014) – On Tuesday, March 4, Central American port workers from the labor union Sindicato Gremial de Trabajadores del Muelle (SGTM) from Puerto Cortés in Honduras [...]

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Longshore workers honor Honduran picket line at Port of Portland

Honduran dockworkers have suffered massive job losses, violence and militarization of their cargo terminal since ICTSI took over operations at Puerto Cortes in 2013.

This Associated Press article was published in news outlets in Oregon, Washington, California, Texas, Indiana and beyond:

Labor turmoil continues at the Port of Portland as longshoreman refused to cross [...]

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ITF's Crumlin blasts Aurizon lockout

ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) president Paddy Crumlin today described Australian rail freight operator Aurizon’s lockout of 200 freight train drivers in New South Wales as “totally unacceptable”.

Crumlin, who is also national secretary of the MUA (Maritime Union of Australia), was speaking in his capacity as president of the ITF global union federation, which [...]

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The U.S. Counterattack in Central America

Jose Maria Villalta, a pro-union candidate for president, was a front runner in Costa Rican polls until a propaganda campaign was waged by the U.S.-backed oligarchy.

At peak moments of the “war on drug trafficking” or for “humanitarian activities”, there may be dozens of ships at Costa Rican bases, from aircraft carriers to amphibious vehicles, [...]

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