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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.

United Kingdom’s Brexit vote: ITF and ETF comment

”The ETF deeply regrets the outcome of the UK Brexit referendum. It is a sad but strong signal that an adequate European Union social policy is absent, and has sent workers away from the European project. The EU’s policies do not reflect workers’ expectations; a change has to come rapidly before other countries follow [...]

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Bloomberg View: Ships Have Gotten Too Big

”In recent years, mega-vessels have caused traffic jams in the water and on-shore as overwhelmed ports struggle to offload thousands of containers.”

What’s a major cause of congestion at our ports? An important from piece Bloomberg View:

In December, the quarter-mile-long Benjamin Franklin became the largest cargo ship ever to dock at a U.S. [...]

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Worker rescued from crane at Port of Vancouver BC

CTV reports the worker ”fell approximately four meters down a ladder and landed on a platform.” We are wishing him a quick and full recovery.

From CTV:

A worker is recovering from a broken leg and minor head injury after stumbling from a crane platform at the Port of Vancouver Friday night.

Members of [...]

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ILWU Drill Team showered Capt. Josh Williams with 'love and appreciation' at 50-year anniversary

Josh Williams, ILWU Drill Team Captain, donned an orange suit for the celebration. ILWU Local 10’s Drill Team and friends celebrated the group’s 50 years of solidarity and union culture in April 2016.

Published in the May 2016 issue of The Dispatcher:

Local 10 Drill Team members rolled out the red carpet to honor [...]

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Vintage Longshore pics featured in Bay Area art exhibit

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“Working Hands,” a photo exhibit that captures laborers at work, opens Saturday in Hayward.

The exhibit features photographs of Oakland longshoremen on the waterfront by Frank Silva and images of farm laborers and workers at a recycling plant by David Bacon.

There will be a free public reception [...]

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Section of Washington Highway 509 named for Longshore activist Phil Lelli

From the News Tribune:

During the 2015 legislative session, Sen. Steve Conway (D-Tacoma), sponsored legislation requesting that the Washington State Transportation Commission rename the highway in honor of Lelli, pictured here.

Phil Lelli was a Tacoma longshoreman, philanthropist and union activist.

Now he’s being commemorated with a section of highway.

The Washington State Transportation Commission [...]

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Sanders steps up push for ‘moral economy’

”You divide everyone up, and you know what happens?” Sanders asked. ”The rich get richer, and everyone else gets poorer.” Sen. Bernie Sanders wearing ILWU jacket at rally in Southern California, May 2016

From the Los Angeles Daily News:

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 30-minute speech before a crowd of about 1,000 mostly union dock workers [...]

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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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