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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.

State-ownership not the solution for Portland

From Port Strategy:

The Port of Portland’s executive director has rejected a recent proposal from president of Common Sense for Oregon for the port’s Terminal 6.

Bill Wyatt believes that creating a state-owned authority, Oregon Shipping Authority (OSA), does not solve the problems which currently face the terminal.

Mr Wyatt accepted that restoring service at [...]

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Sen. Bernie Sanders’ San Pedro waterfront rally expected to draw thousands

From the Daily Breeze:

Thousands of union workers will rally Friday on the San Pedro waterfront during a campaign swing by Sen. Bernie Sanders as he continues to barnstorm the state for presidential primary votes.

The outdoor event, sponsored by Harbor Area labor unions, will be held at the Downtown Harbor dock area just [...]

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ILWU to gain auto, break bulk jobs at San Francisco's Pier 80

From an article titled ‘Auto importer to help Pier 80 roar back to life’ in the San Francisco Chronicle:

For the first time in years, San Francisco’s Pier 80 will revert to its intended purpose: a working cargo terminal.

The Port of San Francisco has reached a deal with Pasha Automotive Services, which will [...]

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Port of Portland’s container service hits zero

Excerpts from the Lewiston Tribune:

Westwood Shipping [made] its last call on the Port of Portland Saturday. It was the only container carrier that stopped regularly at the Oregon port and carried a fraction of the volume major shippers hauled. The last of those, Hapag-Lloyd, departed a year ago.

Low rates and overcapacity in the [...]

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Slower growth foreseen at booming Port of Hueneme

From the Ventura County Star:

The small deep-water Port of Hueneme saw business boom as the result of labor problems at the Port of Los Angeles, which experienced slowdowns last year, according to Port of Hueneme CEO Kristin Decas. Revenue was $15.3 million in 2015-16, up from the projected $14.9 million.

On the horizon are [...]

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KING 5 reporter gains 'whole new respect' for longshore workers after crane tour

KING 5 reporter Alex Rozier reported this morning from a Port of Tacoma crane with ILWU Local 23 President Dean McGrath and ILWU crane operator Mike Hartman.

McGrath pointed out that “40% of Washington jobs are based in some form or fashion to this industry, and it’s important that we all recognize [...]

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Seattle’s waterfront business and labor leaders elated by anti-arena vote

Excerpts from the Puget Sound Business Journal:

Seattle waterfront leaders expressed delight and surprise Tuesday that the Seattle City Council has thwarted plans to build a basketball arena next door to the Port of Seattle’s busiest cargo terminal.

“People are happy, everyone’s in a pretty good mood today,” said John Persak, vice president of the [...]

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Seattle City Council vote is a victory for port jobs

From a Seattle Times article called ‘Seattle City Council kills sale of street for Sodo arena’:

Sally Bagshaw, Seattle City Councilmember who championed port jobs

The Seattle City Council on Monday voted 5-4 to reject giving up part of Occidental Avenue South to Chris Hansen so he can build a half-billion-dollar arena in Sodo.

Councilmember [...]

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New study raises safety concerns over new Panama Canal locks

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An independent safety study into the Panama Canal expansion, which was commissioned by the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and released this morning at a press conference in Panama City, has raised pressing concerns about the canal’s new locks.

The ITF commissioned the study, which was carried out [...]

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Un nuevo estudio suscita preocupación por la seguridad de las nuevas esclusas del canal de Panamá

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Un nuevo estudio independiente sobre la seguridad de la ampliación del canal de Panamá, —encargado por la Federación Internacional de los Trabajadores del Transporte (ITF) y que se acaba de hacer público esta mañana en una conferencia de prensa celebrada en la ciudad de Panamá—, suscita una apremiante [...]

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Oregon longshore workers: Don't be left out of the primary; check your voting status online today

Don’t be left out of the primary election!

Check your voter registration online today at this link: https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/vr/showVoterSearch.do?source=SOS

Oregon has a closed primary — that means only voters registered with a party may be able to vote in that party’s primary. If you intend to vote, know that April 26 is your last chance [...]

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ITF welcomes end to bitter dispute as Polish port union signs CBA

Solidarność union logo

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is joining its Polish affiliated dockers’ union Solidarność today in celebrating the signing of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk.

The signing marks the end of a bitter three-year dispute between the port and its workforce that has included complaints from [...]

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Panama Canal Pilots Union receives the ILWU on Panamanian soil

Panama Canal Pilots Union representatives with top ILWU officials at the Longshore Caucus in Panama City, Panama, on April 18, 2016.

Translated from the Spanish original, which was published at Panama On:

Panama Canal Pilots Union receives the ILWU on Panamanian soil

From Monday April 18th to Friday the 22nd, a series of [...]

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La Unión de Prácticos del Canal de Panamá recibe en suelo panameño al sindicato ILWU

Panama Canal Pilots union representatives with top ILWU officials at the Longshore Caucus in Panama City, Panama, on April 18, 2016.

The ILWU Longshore Caucus began Monday in Panama City. Today this article was published in Panama On, and is translated below:

La Unión de Prácticos del Canal de Panamá recibe en [...]

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Maersk-ITF Seal Big Seafarer Deal

”Millions of the transport workers represented by our unions work for Maersk directly or via subsidiary companies and we are committed to making sure they have decent terms and conditions.” — Jacqueline Smith, ITF Maritime Coordinator

Maersk Line has agreed that it will ensure that any vessel it charters has an International Transport Workers’ [...]

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