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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.

Long Beach terminals reopen as storm surges subside

From the Journal of Commerce:

The Port of Long Beach has resumed full cargo-handling operations after storm surges from Tropical Storm Marie subsided.

The port Wednesday suspended operations at two terminals due to 10- to 15-foot waves that battered south-facing piers and endangered dockworkers. The working of four vessels, including two Mediterranean Shipping Co. ships, [...]

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Longshore members ratify contract with grain operators; WA governor welcomes news

Excerpts from the Columbian:

Union workers who handle cargo at grain export terminals in Vancouver and other Northwest ports have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with several multinational grain companies, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union said Tuesday. The tally was 88.4 percent in favor, with 1,475 in favor and 193 [...]

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$15 Minimum Wage for Oregon campaign thanks ILWU Local 8 for ‘taking a stand for all workers’

From the 15NowPDX campaign web site:

For the last 18 months ILWU Local 8 (along with other ILWU Locals 19, 21, and 23) has been embroiled in a labor dispute that has kept Local 8 locked out of the ports for over a year. This past week that labor dispute was resolved and a new [...]

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Longshore workers’ grain agreement heralds return to work

News release from the International Transport Workers’ Federation:

United States longshore workers who load grain in Pacific Northwest export terminals voted on 26 August to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with several multinational grain companies.

ITF affiliate the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) had accused the global grain giants of attacking an 80-year-old [...]

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Longshoremen ratify agreement, resume work at key northwest export terminals

Excerpts from Agri-Pulse:

“This new collective bargaining agreement is welcome news for the workers and the three grain facilities that are part of the Northwest Grain Agreement. It is also great news for Washington’s internationally acclaimed grain industry,” said Washington Governor Jay Inslee in a statement.

“I am grateful that the lockout’s disruption to the [...]

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PMA and ILWU Update on Contract Talks: Tentative Agreement Reached on Health Benefits

Negotiations Continue on Other Issues

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 26, 2014) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) announced today that they have reached a tentative agreement on terms for health benefits, subject to agreement on the other issues in the negotiations. The parties have agreed not to [...]

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Retailers warn of rising risks of lack of ILWU contract

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Without a finalized contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and waterfront employers, shippers fear a labor meltdown — like the one in 2002 that shut down the West Coast for 10 days in a management-led lockout. The point was made in a letter from Retail Industry Leaders [...]

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Longshore Workers’ Vote Ratifies NW Grain Agreement; Union Workers to Return to Jobs on Wednesday

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 26, 2014) – Longshore workers who load grain in Pacific Northwest export terminals have voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with several multinational grain companies. The vote included members of ILWU Local 8 in Portland, Ore., and Local 4 in Vancouver, Local 21 in Longview, Local 19 in Seattle, [...]

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Baltimore longshoremen deny strike liability, say master contract not in effect

From the Baltimore Sun:

Longshoremen who went on strike last year at the port of Baltimore claim they are not liable for related losses sustained by their employers, in part because a coastwide labor contract banning such strikes does not apply to them.

The claim was made in a federal court filing by Jennifer Stair, [...]

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Longshore workers return to work at Oakland terminal after safety issues resolved

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 19, 2014) – Longshore workers were able to safely enter the gate of an Oakland terminal on Tuesday night and work the ZIM vessel PIRAEUS. Unlike previous shifts over the last several days, the number of demonstrators and police at the terminal’s gate was small, and Longshore workers determined that the [...]

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Volatile atmosphere at Gaza demonstration prevents Longshoremen from entering Port of Oakland terminal

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union were unable to report to work Sunday night at SSA Marine’s terminal in Oakland, Calif., due to volatility associated with a large demonstration and significant police presence at the gates of the facility. In 2005, Oakland police fired rubber bullets in similar circumstances, wounding several longshoremen who [...]

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Are shippers fleeing US West Coast ports?

From Port News:

US West Coast ports are still at risk of a strike or other form of industrial action, forcing shippers to divert their cargo to different routes, as well as to use other distribution methods, Fitch Ratings reports.

The ongoing contract talks between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime [...]

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Sign of the Times: Holding greedy corporations harmless

David Groves at The Stand writes:

On Thursday, rather than congratulating all parties involved [for reaching a tentative agreement] — perhaps even the governor for his role in helping prompt the apparent resolution of a long, contentious dispute — The Seattle Times editorialized that it was a “close call” and chastised Inslee for the fourth [...]

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Crane collapse in Quebec leaves driver injured

gCaptain has posted several pictures of this incident in which a crane broke from a bulk carrier and fell into the cargo hold, leaving the crane driver with a broken ankle.

See more at gCaptain

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Unions accuse Panama Canal of unsafe working conditions

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The International Transport Workers’ Federation and four Panamanian unions have accused the Panama Canal Authority of ongoing failure to provide decent pay and safe working conditions for more than 9,000 affiliated maritime workers in the canal zone.

Representatives from four Panamanian unions, accompanied by [...]

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