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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.

Strike threat averted as dockworkers reach pay deal with HIT subcontractors

External contractors for Hongkong International Terminals have agreed to pay an above-inflation 5.5 percent increase in basic salary for dockworkers in the coming year, averting a threatened strike that would have heaped further misery on the struggling port.

A statement by the Hutchison Port Holdings HIT said 95 percent of their workers have given written [...]

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Oregon farm groups support trade pacts as opponents ratchet up pressure on Ron Wyden

Eleven of Oregon’s major agricultural organizations on Monday urged the state’s congressional delegation to support the fast-track trade bill as well as the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The push by the agricultural groups comes as the Oregon AFL-CIO is ratcheting up its campaign to to persuade Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., to oppose a fast-track trade bill.

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To raise wages in Panama, dockers join a U.S. union

By David Bacon, in the Dispatcher and David Bacon Reality Check blog:

PANAMA CITY, PANAMA (4/2/15) – You see a lot of parked taxis in the parking lot at the Panama Ports terminal here. They’re not waiting to give rides to longshoremen. Dockworkers themselves are the drivers. Longshore wages in Panama are so low that [...]

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Panama Canal workers strike; 120,000 say they have not been fully paid

Workers for the Panama Canal announced Wednesday the beginning of a strike to demand salary increases and better working conditions.

Gustavo Herrera, secretary of the construction workers union, said that this protest was in response to the company refusing to perform an exhaustive audit. He went on to say that there are more than 120,000 [...]

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In U-turn, Greece will sell Piraeus Port stake in weeks

From Reuters:

The Greek government will sell its majority stake in the port of Piraeus within weeks, the country’s deputy prime minister told China’s official Xinhua news agency, a flip-flop from the leftist government as it seeks funds from its creditors.

The Syriza government of Alexis Tsipras took power in January on promises to end [...]

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Portland terminal ‘doesn’t have a labor problem; it has a management problem’

The Port of Portland has ten marine terminals, all of which are experiencing good labor relations except for the one operated by ICTSI.

From an article titled ‘Oregon Lawmakers Call For End To Port Labor Dispute’ on Oregon Public Broadcasting:

A bipartisan group of Oregon lawmakers issued a letter this week, calling for an [...]

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Post-negotiations report: Sky isn’t falling

”Not only will the shipping costs to the West Coast ports be lower due to the shorter distance traversed, but also due to the increased efficiency of the vessels carrying the cargo,” the UCLA report found.

Excerpts from a Los Angeles Times article titled ‘Ports dispute to have a small effect on economy’:

The [...]

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Unions ready to battle against TPP trade deal

OBAMA AND GOP: The White House boasts GOP allies in pushing for the TPP, including House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. (shown here), and Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka put lawmakers on notice Tuesday that votes in favor of giving President Obama fast-track authority for a pending multilateral [...]

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West Coast Dockworkers Push Back Boss Attacks

Excerpts from The Militant:

The union succeeded in getting the truth out, explaining how the lockouts, the bosses’ failure to train crane operators and the creation of a chronic shortage of chassis to transport containers were responsible for the growing disruption of trade. Rail bosses exacerbated the situation, prioritizing more profitable oil transport, leading to [...]

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership clause everyone should oppose

A police woman removes a woman protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on Capitol Hill in Washington January 27, 2015. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Excepts from an opinion piece in the Washington Post by Senator Elizabeth Warren:

The United States is in the final stages of negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive free-trade agreement with Mexico, Canada, [...]

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ILA issues statement on recent article

The International Longshoremen’s Association issued the following statement this morning:

ILA and Two Districts Say “We Want Your Cargo” Journal of Commerce Article Does Not Reflect Position and Policy of Union

NORTH BERGEN, NJ – (March 6, 2015) The leaders of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO and its two districts, were critical of statements made [...]

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ILWU among 60+ unions to tell congress: 'No Fast Track' on trade deals

ILWU International President Bob McEllrath was among more than 60 leaders of major unions in the public and private sectors nationwide who sent a strong and united message to Congress against fast-tracking trade deals. Collectively representing almost 20 million workers and their families, they wrote (excerpts):

Fast Track trade deals mean fewer jobs, lower wages, [...]

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India dockworkers defer nationwide strike for one week

Indian dockworker unions have tentatively agreed to defer a nationwide indefinite strike that was to begin March 9 by a week, setting the stage for negotiations between the stakeholders to reach a settlement.

The decision came after the chief labor commissioner appealed to union leaders to allow until March 16 to hold further consultations on [...]

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Panama pilots in talks with canal over safety issues

The Panama Canal Pilots Union, which is in negotiations for a new five-year contract, said it was encouraged by statements made by Panama Canal Authority CEO Jorge Quijano at the 15th annual TPM Conference here Tuesday.

The union, which is affiliated with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, has expressed concern about two safety issues [...]

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Panamanian longshore workers join the ILWU

”ILWU supports SITREBALCRI in your fight for good-paying jobs and a fair contract for all workers in the union.” ILWU International President Bob McEllrath led a solidarity delegation to Panama in September 2011, part of an ongoing effort to support maritime workers there. Dockworkers in this photo have since changed their union’s name to [...]

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