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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.

ITF: raid on CSL Melbourne a ‘national error’

From the International Transport Workers Federation:

Commenting on the raid on the CSL Melbourne in Newcastle, ITF seafarers’ section chair Dave Heindel said: “This raid was an error of truly national dimensions. The Australian government seems hell-bent on stripping away the very protections that make Australia the nation it is, and in doing so is [...]

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IDC and ITF meet to defend dockers’ rights

IDC-ITF joint press statement:

5 February 2016

Representatives of the International Dockworkers’ Council (IDC) and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) met in Barcelona, Spain, today to explore how to work together to defend dockers’ jobs and rights.

The one-day meeting agreed the following statement of intent:

Representatives of the International Dockworkers’ Council (IDC) and International [...]

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ITF comment on today’s TPPA signing in New Zealand

Commenting on today’s TPPA trade agreement signing in New Zealand, ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) president Paddy Crumlin said: “We, like our fellow global unions and everyone who protested in Auckland today, are clear about one thing: the TPPA – Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – offers nothing to workers in the Asia-Pacific region except job insecurity [...]

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ILWU Local 21 Longshoremen rescue man from Columbia River

”It could have been just another routine shift for three longshoremen on the Longview port docks,” reports The Daily News. ”Yet their presence on a cold New Year’s Eve morning helped prevent a tragedy.” Photo by The Daily News.

Excerpts from The Daily News:

Millwright Kelly Palmer, 48, of Toutle said he was waiting [...]

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ILA leaders urge members to return to work at Port of New York and New Jersey

Update from the International Longshoremen’s Association:

The leadership of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO urges all ILA members in the Port of New York and New Jersey to accept orders and return to work immediately.

“We have heard your voices, we have heard your concerns, and we have taken action on your behalf,” ILA leaders [...]

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Simultaneous Melbourne and Sydney rallies in support of sacked crew

Victorian Branch Secretary Joe Italia said the loss of jobs on the Portland was just the tip of the iceberg, and if not opposed, those job losses would permeate into other industries.

From the Maritime Union of Australia:

The Maritime Union of Australia is demanding an investigation into Alcoa’s actions after the American-based miner [...]

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U.S. ports should work with unions on automation, Labor Secretary says

Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal:

U.S. seaports need to consider the interests of organized labor as they move to automate jobs performed by dockworkers today, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in an interview.

“You can’t impose by fiat automation and expect it to succeed,” he said.

Port automation has hit snags in Los [...]

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Port of LA: ‘Flawless' handling of largest mega-ship to call US shows effort paying off

CMA CGM photo of the Benjamin Franklin during its maiden call at the Port of Los Angeles last month.

Published Sunday by the Journal of Commerce:

The flawless discharge and reloading of the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, the largest container ship ever to call at a North American port, proves the Southern California port [...]

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ILWU strikes back at Oregonian for 'libelous, defamatory' reporting

The Oregonian report titled “ILWU workers paid without working,” written by the newspaper’s Food Trends writer Molly Harbarger, contains numerous falsehoods and has triggered a response from attorneys representing the ILWU.

Click the image to download the full letter as a PDF document.

Full text of the letter follows and is downloadable as a [...]

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Long Beach Port officials: Cargo volumes have returned to pre-recession levels

From the Press-Telegram:

Cargo volumes recorded at the Port of Long Beach in 2015 exceeded 7 million container units for the first time since the start of the Great Recession, statistics released Thursday show.

The Long Beach port’s cargo volumes last topped the 7 million level in 2007. In 2015, the Port of Long Beach [...]

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Dockworkers: Please send your messages of support to brothers and sisters in Casablanca

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ITF calls for government intervention in Morocco port dispute

The ITF is calling on the president of Morocco to intervene in an ongoing dispute at the Port of Casablanca.

Management at Somaport terminal is trying to impose new [...]

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ITF condemns MV Portland seizure

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) strongly condemns the raid early Wednesday morning on the MV Portland in the Australian home port for which it is named. Up to 30 security guards were reportedly used to eject the five Australian crew members from the vessel and usher on a non-national crew, which then set sail [...]

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San Pedro waterfront carries over into new year of Port of LA meetings

Excerpts from the Daily Breeze:

Some renewed fissures surfaced Thursday during the discussion of Ports O’ Call and waterfront development, pitting advocates for building a large-scale tourist destination against those who argue the port instead needs to remain more focused on growing its container shipping business in what has become a fast-changing and competitive industry.

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Rotterdam port workers prepared for more strikes

Excerpts from Shipping Watch:

Niek Stam stresses that he would prefer not to strike, but that the union feels forced to act. He explains that the port workers were originally promised that the automated Maasvlakte 2 terminals, which have a capacity of five million teu, would be used exclusively as additional capacity, but that [...]

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