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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.

Lengthy turn times drawing complaints at Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland has come a long way from last summer, when harbor truckers disrupted the port through sporadic work stoppages protesting new clean-truck rules. But based on recent comments from truckers it still has plenty of work to do to improve turn times in the harbor.

Oakland, like Los Angeles-Long Beach, New York-New [...]

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Mississippi port awaits word on whether Chiquita will stay

State port executives and union members are anxiously waiting to find out whether one of four anchor tenants, Chiquita Brands International Inc., plans to stay after its lease expires July 15.

Chiquita provides about 1/3 of the union’s annual man hours at the port, said Darius Johnson, president of the International Longshoremen Association, Local No. [...]

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Delta Western employees vote to join IBU

Workers at a vessel fueling facility in Unalaska, approved unionizing last week after months of controversy over work conditions and allegations of abuse.

Jon Brier, international organizer of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union said the vote held last Thursday and the majority of eligible Delta Western employees voted in favor of the action to [...]

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Shipping container terminal operator ICTSI penalised for Health and Safety issues

From the United Kingdom comes this report in the Handy Shipping Guide:

The longstanding dispute between the longshoremen who work in the Port of Portland and employers simmers on, and the latest development will doubtless engender an ‘I told you so’ from the dock workers who are employed at the ICTSI Oregon container shipping terminal [...]

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Deadlock continues on Baltimore ILA pact

Excerpts from the JOC:

”We are committed to assist you to achieve a fair and equitable local contract and to remove any financial burdens or obstacles that are an attempt by employers and a misguided arbitrator to weaken your efforts for union representation.” — Dennis Daggett, president of the ILA’s Atlantic Coast District, in [...]

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Hongkong International Terminals dockers’ raise depends on incentives

Dock workers at Hongkong International Terminals (HIT), the port operator hit by a five-week strike over wages last year, could see their base salaries increase by 6 per cent, and the company would offer an additional 4.1 per cent in incentive income.

But Chan Chiu-wai, of the Confederation of Trade Unions, which led last year’s [...]

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Halifax port workers pen new deal

More than 400 workers at the Halifax port have ratified a new collective agreement.

Signed at the beginning of April, the deal covers approximately 300 longshoremen, foremen and walking bosses, as well as about 70 checkers and 70 gear repair men working at the Port of Halifax, who had been without a contract since Dec. [...]

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Coast Caucus concludes with priorities and a plan for Longshore contract negotiations

ILWU Longshore Caucus Delegates, March 2014

The 90 delegates and dozens of pensioners who gathered in San Francisco for the Coast Longshore Division Caucus concluded their two week meeting on March 7 after adopting an approach to negotiations for a new Longshore & Clerks Contract that expires on June 30.

Resolutions set the agenda

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Longshore Union vindicated as federal court throws out lawsuits by ICTSI and Port of Portland

Filipino company ICTSI sought to undermine the collective bargaining agreement and multi-employer system that has benefited the industry and economy for decades

”ICTSI’s attack on the decades old collective bargaining relationship between the ILWU and its own employer association, PMA, demonstrates ICTSI’s arrogance and complete disregard for the rules of engagement here in [...]

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Unions gather to strengthen South Pacific trade unionism

Maritime Unions have met in Auckland, New Zealand, to work towards a Regional Maritime Federation to build union strength throughout the South Pacific.

The meeting brought together the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), the Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ), the Papua New Guinea Maritime and Transport Workers Union (MTWU), the Australian Maritime Officers Union [...]

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ILWU Local 53 and Teevin Bros. spearhead donation to homeless students

From left, Jerry Ashby, president of TPT US Limited; Yale Fogarty, ILWU Local 53 president; Eric Oien, general manager of Teevin Bros.; Katey Townsend, HELP coordinator; and Steve Cullen, manager with Jones Stevedoring Co.

A recent donation of $4,250 from a group of timber shipping enterprises is already providing emergency assistance to homeless students and [...]

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ITF wins death threats investigation promise

SGTM members picketed at the ICTSI terminal in Portland earlier this month, and were sought by Honduran police on their return home.

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has won a promise from the Honduran ambassador to the UK to investigate death threats and victimisation of trade unionists in the city of Puerto Cortés.

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Alaska legislators attempt to influence negotiations with IBU, MEBA

Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, has said it’s not the job of legislators to get involved in contract talks. Ricky Deising, regional director of the Inland Boatmen’s Union of the Pacific, said the issue of standby passes for employees, pensioners and family members comes up during each round of negotiations.

From an article titled ”Leaders want [...]

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Religious leaders urge Mitsui-UGC to repent sins of greed, theft, manipulaton

Father Jeremy Lucas said he doesn’t hate the people who run United Grain but that he feels sorry and pity for them. ”Hate gets us nowhere,” he said. Lucas also called on the Port of Vancouver and on the city of Vancouver to repent their sins, including the city’s sin of choosing to send [...]

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Troubled Port of Portland container Terminal 6 shuts after longshore-security officer altercation

Excerpts from The Oregonian:

The Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 shut down again Wednesday, this time after a verbal altercation between container-yard employees and longshore workers.

“Today ICTSI and Port supervisors threatened top loader drivers with physical violence, showing once again that ICTSI and the Port are working in collusion against union members,” said ILWU [...]

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