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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.

Longer gate hours, extra labor fail to ease LA-LB jam

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Congestion continues to plague Los Angeles-Long Beach despite efforts by terminal operators to remain open longer and use all longshore labor at their disposal.

“They’re showing up to work,” said Jim McKenna, president of the Pacific Maritime Association, the employers’ organization that negotiates and administers the International Longshore and [...]

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Costa Rica’s Labor Ministry suspends talks with unions over port project after president’s picture burned

Costa Rica’s Labor Minister Victor Morales announced that negotiations with the dockworkers union SINTRAJAP would be suspended until its leaders issued a public statement denouncing the burning of President Luis Guillermo Solís’ image outside union headquarters in the Caribbean port of Limón on Monday. Negotiations were originally scheduled to continue at the Labor Ministry on [...]

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APM Terminals concession in Costa Rica leads to protests, police brutality, militarization of docks

Costa Rican police invade the ports; SINTRAJAP union General Secretary Ronaldo Blear Blear speaks on the right.

This 10-minute Costa Rican news segment shows dozens of police officers descending on SINTRAJAP union dockworkers and their community supporters who are protesting APM Terminals’ concession — a concession that gives the terminal operator a monopoly that [...]

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ITF condemns Costa Rican government, ‘will fight’ port violence

Police brutality during community protest against APM Terminals in Limon, Costa Rica, October 2014.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation has strongly condemned the actions of the Costa Rican government after hundreds of police officers stormed Puerto Limon’s Moin and Limon terminals last Thursday 23rd October, violently attacking workers and arresting 68 men and women [...]

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APMT disputes ITF on Aqaba port strike

From the Journal of Commerce:

APM Terminals has disputed the International Transport Workers Federation’s description of last week’s strike at Aqaba Container Terminals in Jordan as a “victory” for the union representing the terminal’s dockworkers.

“We find the ITF’s statements misleading, incorrect and not supported by facts…The strike was premature and illegal, especially when [...]

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Costa Rica intervenes to stop strike at port, arrests 68

Costa Rican police arrested 68 people in the country’s main Atlantic port on Wednesday after a strike over plans to expand the hub threatened to paralyse shipping.

The stevedores’ union, SINTRAJAP, launched an indefinite strike on Wednesday, leaving three ships stranded and unable to unload cargo after APM Terminals won a Supreme Court decision this [...]

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Dockworkers strike over APMT terminal agreement in Costa Rica

Dockworkers in Costa Rica walked off the job Wednesday, continuing a long battle over a proposed container terminal operated by APM Terminals with a strike.

Union leaders described the strike as “indefinite.” The union, which represents workers working at terminal overseen by the Atlantic Port Authority (JAPDEVA), had threatened a strike for several days after [...]

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Union solidarity, international support lead to victory in Jordan

Arrested for standing up for their union, now freed: Photo of trade union leaders being held in a police van following last week’s police raid.

Good news from ITF:

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is pleased to announce that port workers at the Aqaba Container Terminals (ACT) facility in Jordan run by APM [...]

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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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