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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.

How a grassroots effort in Vancouver fought big oil — and won

Excerpts from Oregon Public Broadcasting:

The $210 million Vancouver Energy project, a joint venture from Tesoro and Savage, would have brought up to 360,000 gallons of crude oil a day on trains traveling along the Columbia River. The proposal would have been the largest oil-by-rail terminal in the country.

ILWU Local 4 member Jared Smith […]

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Workers: ICTSI must stick to deal

Dockworkers unions support Papua New Guinea National Maritime Workers Union’s fight for their rights at ICTSI’s newest terminal. Photo courtesy of ITF.

From the Post Courier:

Lae Port workers want Philippine-based International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) to adhere to working conditions agreements between port stakeholders.

Lae branch National Maritime Workers Union James Tony […]

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ICTSI launches Papua New Guinea terminal, touts automated processes

From Port Technology:

ICTSI South Pacific International Container Terminal (SPICT) has commenced operations at the Lae Tidal Basin (LTB) in Lae, Papua New Guinea, by rolling out the Navis N4 terminal operating system.

SPICT, a subsidiary of global port operator International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI), recently received the go-ahead to begin operations from the PNG […]

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Washington Gov. Inslee rejects controversial Vancouver Energy oil terminal

From the Camas Post Record:

[NOTE: ILWU Local 4 members share in this victory after working hard to protect the community from the dangers posed by the oil terminal.]

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has rejected a plan to site North America’s largest oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

In a letter sent to Kathleen […]

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Lawmakers, ports and unions ask Congress to reform Harbor Maintenance Tax

From The Lens:

Stakeholders from the retail sector, port leadership and labor leaders are voicing strong support for a measure which would request Congress to reform the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) so that it no longer places a handicap on West Coast ports vying for business from U.S.-bound shippers.

HJM 4012 asks Congress to reform […]

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Oakland fights developer’s lawsuit to allow coal at new shipping terminal

From CBS SF Bay Area:

The City of Oakland was in court Tuesday, engaged in a battle to uphold a ban on coal within its borders.

The legal issue at the center of the city’s fight with a local developer is over a proposed new $250 million shipping terminal at the old Oakland Army Base. […]

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Port of Los Angeles breaks all-time cargo volume record in 2017

Excerpts from a Port of Los Angeles news release:

The Port of Los Angeles moved more cargo in 2017 than in any time in the Port’s 110-year history, racking up 9,343,192 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), a 5.5 percent increase over 2016’s record-breaking year. It’s the most cargo moved annually by a Western Hemisphere port.

“2017 […]

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'Everyone Loved Him': Family mourns Longshoreman killed in forklift accident

A forklift operator killed on the job earlier this month had decades of experience and was safety-minded when it came to his work, according to his family.

Phillip Vargas, 54, was killed on Jan. 3 in an industrial accident at the 10th Street Terminal in Barrio Logan. According to the San Diego County […]

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Study finds that Port’s Terminal 6 will need to be multi-use to be viable

Excerpts from the Portland Business Journal:

Despite news in November that limited container service would be returning to Terminal 6 at the Port of Portland this year, revenue from other terminal activities will be required to support that service and make it viable.

So says a study from a consultant hired by the port to […]

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Longshore worker dies at marine terminal in San Diego

Note: Public information is limited at this time. Our profound condolences to our Union Brother’s family, friends and brothers and sisters on the docks. An Injury to One is an Injury to All.

Excerpts from World Maritime News:

A longshore worker died on January 3 in a forklift accident while working at the Tenth […]

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California ports celebrate a merry Christmas

Excerpts from the San Francisco Chronicle:

This Christmas appears to be a very merry one for Southern California’s port-related industries.

Eighteen months ago, Panama opened its newly enlarged canal, one that can now handle ships carrying up to 14,800 containers, triple the size of previous vessels, and there were fears that Southern California’s ports would […]

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Editorial: Governor should weigh evidence, then reject oil terminal at Port of Vancouver USA

From the Editorial Board of The Columbian:

For four years, Gov. Jay Inslee has declined to express an opinion about a proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

Regardless of how creatively the question was asked, Inslee has said only that he needed to see the reports and the recommendation from the state Energy […]

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ILWU Members from West Coast Ports Travel to Support KEX Grainhandlers

From the ILWU Dispatcher:

Top row, from left to right: Seth Barnhart, Lance Paul, Vince Meyer, Steve Utter Jr., Mark Boultinghouse, Ron Nelson, Alexis Nelson, Micah Brennan, Dustin Satcher, Tom Sager, Brandon Hendrick. Bottom row, from left to right: Mike Boyd, Larry Barnhart, Korbin Utter, Landon Utter, J.J. Burkey, Pat Brennan, Dave Thomas, Colton […]

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ILA members fought for justice for family member Walter Scott, express hope for other families

Walter Scott, left, with his brothers Anthony and Rodney who are members of ILA Local 1422.

From an article at workers.org titled ‘South Carolina: Community/labor organizing wins some justice for Walter Scott’:

After more than a year and a half of waiting, the family of Walter L. Scott sees some semblance of justice. In […]

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Dozens of union workers protest ‘extremely regressive’ bill impacting port workers in Canada

From 660 News:

The BC Federation of Labour is backing the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in its fight against Bill C-23

Dozens of union members have held a rally at Canada Place, protesting against Bill C-23 claiming it’ll deny Canadian workers jobs.

The bill expands the powers of US customs officers doing pre-clearance […]

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