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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.

Pay disputes and related grievances lead to 2-day job action at ICTSI

The Oregonian’s voiceover of company video shows Portland’s Terminal 6 resuming operations after a 2-day job action due to pay disputes and related grievances:

Read the blurb and video here Secondary video link here

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Port workers threatening strike after court decision on Moín mega-terminal

Costa Rican dockworkers have been pushing back on privatization and the loss of union jobs and public programs for several years, including during this invasion of their SINTRAJAP union hall by federal police in 2010.

The Union of Allied Port Workers (Sintrajap) is threatening a strike after Costa Rica’s Constitutional Court dismissed an appeal last [...]

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Panama pilots won’t reopen canal contract, citing safety risks

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The Panama Canal Pilots Association, also known as the Asociación de Prácticos del Canal de Panamá, is a division of the ILWU.

The Panama Canal Pilots Union will not try to renegotiate its contract with the Panama Canal Authority this year as both parties are allowed under the existing [...]

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Bill to dissolve Waterfront Commission approved by N.J. Senate panel

A bill to dissolve a bi-state commission created to guard against unfair hiring practices and organized crime infiltration in the shipping industry was approved by the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Thursday.

The measure is co-sponsored by Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), and Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Essex), whose districts include shipping terminals in Elizabeth [...]

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Port labor talks worry retailers

From Thursday’s Los Angeles Business Journal:

West Coast port operators and dock workers have not had a contract since June, and retailers are starting to worry about whether they will get their shipments in time for the holiday shopping rush.

That’s the gist of the letter Matt Shay, chief executive of the National Retail Federation [...]

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Chassis fingered as biggest of many problems at LA-Long Beach

Container being lowered onto a chassis at APM Terminal. The JOC reports that ‘some terminals have reported that dwell times of 10 days are taking place, compared to the normal three days. One carrier said it had containers sitting on the dock for 20 days waiting for on-dock rail. The increased dwell time simply [...]

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Marubeni and ADM bolster export joint venture in U.S. Pacific Northwest

From an Archer Daniels Midland – Marubeni news release:

Archer Daniels Midland Company and Marubeni Corporation announced today that they have expanded Kalama Export Company LLC, their joint venture in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, as a result of Marubeni’s contribution of its grain export elevator operations at Terminal 5 in The Port of Portland, Oregon, [...]

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MUA to stop work at DP World terminals

From Lloyd’s List Australia:

All members of the MUA employed by DP World Sydney are expected to engage in a stoppage of work from 10.00am Wednesday October 1 until 2.00pm, 6.00pm until 10.00pm and 2.00am until 6.00am on Thursday October 2.

All members of the MUA employed by DP World Melbourne are expected to stop [...]

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Hong Kong unions seek international letters of support for labor rights, democracy

Hong Kong demonstrators are under attack by a militarized police force. Photo by Wally Santana, Associated Press.

[Click here to sign the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions' letter of support.]

The Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) – the only independent union in China – has called for workers to strike in [...]

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West Coast Ports: Contract talks continue ... and so does the flow of goods

“This year’s negotiations, although they’re longer, have been quieter and seem to be much friendlier talks than … maybe ever,” said Port of Long Beach spokesman Art Wong.

Wong says cargo volumes at his port slipped a little in August after surging from April through June, when shippers were expediting imports ahead of the labor [...]

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Agreement marks new era for dockers in Morocco

”The union has fought hard during negotiations and the result is a positive one. We hope this is a signal of a new way forward for relations between the union and management.” — Bilal Malkawi, ITF Arab World regional secretary

‘Dynamic economic and social objectives’ are the aim of a new collective bargaining agreement just [...]

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Port of Los Angeles fire smolders; no injuries as terminals close

Port fire in San Pedro at Berth 179, where wood and tar pilings burned. Photo by Brad Graverson of The Daily Breeze.

[NOTE: Several media have reported that there were no injuries.]

A massive fire that consumed part of a wharf at the Port of Los Angeles continued to smolder today, as officials [...]

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S.F.’s new cruise ship terminal, named for former ILWU leader, sees first ship arrival

Jimmy Herman, former International President of the ILWU

The newest dock of the bay – San Francisco’s handsome $100 million new cruise ship terminal – opened for business Thursday when giant ship Crown Princess, big as a castle and white as a wedding cake, tied up just after 7 in the morning.

There was no [...]

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Scrap metal company begins exporting to Asia from Port of Longview

Pasha Stevedoring vice president Tim Tess said the work required about 20 longshore jobs. Photo by Roger Werth at The Daily News.

The Port of Longview ushered in a new era Monday when it began exporting scrap metal through a partnership with Pacific Northwest Metal Recycling (PNW).

Laurie Nelson-Cooley, business development manager for the port, [...]

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On growth, ICTSI wants 'to do in Africa what we did in Latin America'

To say that ICTSI doesn’t respect workers and their unions is a massive understatement. Honduran dockworkers have suffered major job losses, violence, and militarization of their cargo terminal since ICTSI took over operations at Puerto Cortes in 2013. In March, several Honduran dockworkers traveled to Portland, Oregon, to protest ICTSI’s locking out of union [...]

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