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Longshore union shifts focus to Northwest grain handlers talks

ILWU members on the picket line during grain lockout. Photo by the Oregonian.

Negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, whose members operate West Coast ports, are on a three-day break so the union can negotiate with a group of Northwest grain handlers.

The union is bargaining with [...]

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ILA voices support for ILWU: ‘We are One’

From the Journal of Commerce:

The International Longshoremen’s Association, which represents dockworkers at U.S. East and Gulf Coast ports, yesterday wrote a letter of support to Robert McEllrath, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which is engaged in contract negotiations with West Coast employers.

The letter from Harold Daggett, ILA president, warned employers [...]

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'Nobody really knows the damage a West Coast dock dispute could cause the American economy'

Employers seek to turn public opinion against the union by exaggerating damages.

Excerpts from the UK-based Handy Shipping Guide:

So, here we go again, the analysts and experts speaking volumes and saying little as the specter of a West Coast port strike looms, or doesn’t dependent on who you read. The facts are simply [...]

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Longshore workers to continue working, negotiating

The contract that keeps thousands of dockworkers on the job at West Coast ports from San Diego to Seattle is expiring, but don’t expect a disruption in the billions of dollars of trade that crosses the waterfront — at least not yet. Both the ILWU and the association that represents shipping lines and terminal operators [...]

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JOC: Some West Coast shippers stuck with no backup plans

From the Journal of Commerce:

It’s too late for some retailers depending on shipments through West Coast ports. If they have no contingency plans for a potential strike or slowdown tied to International Longshore and Warehouse Union negotiations, they sit with fingers crossed. …But even if planning and implementing diversions didn’t cost any extra time [...]

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Free Sydney ferries as union takes action

Peak-hour ferry services will be free next week as the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) takes industrial action.

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has been in talks with the NSW government and ferry operator Harbour City Ferries for six months for a new enterprise bargaining agreement, seeking better pay and upgrades to the ferry [...]

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While foreign grain owners continue lockouts, TEMCO thrives with ILWU agreement

TEMCO thrives with a collective bargaining agreement with its ILWU workforce.

NOTE: In an article titled ‘Tacoma container traffic up 17 percent in May,’ the News Tribune notes that grain exports are a ‘notable plus’ for the Port. TEMCO reached a collective bargaining agreement with its ILWU workforce last year, while its Japanese competitors [...]

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Obama and Trade: Recipe for Ripoffs

”Why is WikiLeaks rooting around for these documents and releasing them to the public? The pacts will require Senate approval, yet lawmakers have had to beg for any details about them. Based on leaks, other big concerns center around health issues. For example, some provisions would block government policies that discourage smoking. There are [...]

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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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Expert: Automation threatens 47% of U.S. jobs

Excerpts from an article posted at ILWU Canada:

Professor Michael Osborne of the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University says almost half of all jobs in industrialised nations are at risk of redundancy over the next two decades.

Sydney dockworker and father of three, Ben Bartolo, is experiencing that first hand – he is about [...]

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Portland Slowdown Just Got Slower

The deliberations of an Administrative Law Judge are expected to delay resolution of Portland’s Terminal 6 dispute.

An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a preliminary decision and recommended order on May 30 that for the period of September 2012 to June 2013 longshore workers employed at Terminal 6 [...]

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Ag tells White House to approve TPP without Japan

Japan has repeatedly said it will not eliminate tariffs on agricultural goods it considers “sacred” – dairy, rice, sugar, beef, pork, wheat and barley. The U.S. groups said Japan is demanding special treatment.

Frustrated with Japan’s unwillingness to strike a deal on U.S. ag imports under the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), several U.S. ag groups [...]

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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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