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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.

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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New study raises safety concerns over new Panama Canal locks

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An independent safety study into the Panama Canal expansion, which was commissioned by the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and released this morning at a press conference in Panama City, has raised pressing concerns about the canal’s new locks.

The ITF commissioned the study, which was carried out [...]

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Un nuevo estudio suscita preocupación por la seguridad de las nuevas esclusas del canal de Panamá

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Un nuevo estudio independiente sobre la seguridad de la ampliación del canal de Panamá, —encargado por la Federación Internacional de los Trabajadores del Transporte (ITF) y que se acaba de hacer público esta mañana en una conferencia de prensa celebrada en la ciudad de Panamá—, suscita una apremiante [...]

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Oregon longshore workers: Don't be left out of the primary; check your voting status online today

Don’t be left out of the primary election!

Check your voter registration online today at this link: https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/vr/showVoterSearch.do?source=SOS

Oregon has a closed primary — that means only voters registered with a party may be able to vote in that party’s primary. If you intend to vote, know that April 26 is your last chance [...]

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ITF welcomes end to bitter dispute as Polish port union signs CBA

Solidarność union logo

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is joining its Polish affiliated dockers’ union Solidarność today in celebrating the signing of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk.

The signing marks the end of a bitter three-year dispute between the port and its workforce that has included complaints from [...]

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Panama Canal Pilots Union receives the ILWU on Panamanian soil

Panama Canal Pilots Union representatives with top ILWU officials at the Longshore Caucus in Panama City, Panama, on April 18, 2016.

Translated from the Spanish original, which was published at Panama On:

Panama Canal Pilots Union receives the ILWU on Panamanian soil

From Monday April 18th to Friday the 22nd, a series of [...]

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La Unión de Prácticos del Canal de Panamá recibe en suelo panameño al sindicato ILWU

Panama Canal Pilots union representatives with top ILWU officials at the Longshore Caucus in Panama City, Panama, on April 18, 2016.

The ILWU Longshore Caucus began Monday in Panama City. Today this article was published in Panama On, and is translated below:

La Unión de Prácticos del Canal de Panamá recibe en [...]

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Maersk-ITF Seal Big Seafarer Deal

”Millions of the transport workers represented by our unions work for Maersk directly or via subsidiary companies and we are committed to making sure they have decent terms and conditions.” — Jacqueline Smith, ITF Maritime Coordinator

Maersk Line has agreed that it will ensure that any vessel it charters has an International Transport Workers’ [...]

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ITF supports Australian stevedores as ‘final offer’ deadline is rejected

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is backing Australian stevedores as they continue to fight for a fair deal on pay and conditions from port operator Patrick.

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has rejected an arbitrary deadline put in place by Patrick to respond to their so-called final offer on a new Enterprise Agreement. [...]

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APMT Mumbai strike called off

From the Journal of Commerce:

APM Terminals-operated Gateway Terminals India resumed normal vessel operations Tuesday morning after outsourced workers handling rubber-tire gantry crane operations ended a four-day strike that shut down export gates at the terminal and slowed down cargo handling at India’s busiest public port complex, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.

Unionized RTG workers abruptly [...]

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Port of Los Angeles accident claims life of ILWU Local 63 marine clerk

Our profound condolences go out to our ILWU Local 63 Brother’s family, friends, and brothers and sisters on the docks.

From the Daily Breeze:

A 71-year-old longshore worker was killed Wednesday at the Port of Los Angeles in what is being described as an industrial accident, a port spokesman said.

The man, a member of [...]

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Port of Oakland terminal reopens after Monday closure

Excerpts from American Shipper:

Craig Merrilees, a spokesman for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, told American Shipper 22 longshoremen at the Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) were dismissed by SSA Marine after they arrived for work at the regular starting time stipulated in their contract instead of earlier as the company wanted. An additional [...]

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ILWU supports dockers at DP World London Gateway

Union-busting has many forms, and at DP World’s new terminal at the port of London Gateway, dockworkers’ 3-year campaign for union representation has been full of roadblocks by the Dubai-based employer. Now at a critical juncture, longshore workers around the world are encouraged to send messages of support and help London dockers secure a [...]

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Bernie Sanders: 'It is an honor to receive an endorsement from the ILWU'

ILWU Local 8 supporting Bernie Sanders at a rally on March 25, 2016, the day after the ILWU International Executive Board voted to endorse Sanders for the nomination for U.S. President. Photo provided by Patrick McClain, ILWU Local 8 longshore worker.

From The Bern Report:

Bernie Sanders on Thursday welcomed the endorsement of [...]

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