Disclaimer

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.

OSHA cites SSA for violations after fatal fall of ILWU member Jimmie Meadows

Our hearts are still broken from losing our brother in June. From an article titled ‘Washington Marine Cargo Handling Company Cited for Willful Safety Violations After Worker’s Fatal Fall’:

Jimmie Meadows, March 3, 1968 – June 25, 2016

For longshoremen who load and offload timber in the upper Northwest, every ship that sails into port [...]

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ZPMC boosts cranes to work big ships at Port of Los Angeles

American Shipper reports that APMT’s cranes currently can reach across the deck of 13,000-TEU vessels to load and unload containers. The upgrade will allow the facility to handle 20,000-TEU vessels.

Excerpts from American Shipper:

ZPMC, the Chinese manufacturer of massive ship-to-shore cranes used at container terminals around the world, is in the process of [...]

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ILWU solidarity helps Hanjin seafarers defend their right to shore leave

Chinese crew members from the Hanjin Seattle celebrate their shore leave. Customs officials changed their policy after solidarity efforts from the ILWU and support from lawmakers in Washington.

Crewmembers on foreign flagged vessels arriving at West Coast ports have frequently sought help from ILWU members and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) inspectors.

“Sometimes we [...]

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One dockworker killed and two critically injured in explosion on tanker

Our sincere condolences go out to our Indonesian brother’s family, friends and colleagues during this time of tragic loss, and we are rooting for our two brothers who are critically injured.

One dockworker died after explosion and fire on board of product tanker Istana V at the dock in Batu Ampar, Indonesia. The [...]

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Worker dies after driving into canal in heavy rains during auto job in Belgium

Very sad news from Belgium, translated from a Dutch report. Rest in Peace, brother. An Injury to One is an Injury to All.

At the port of Zeebrugge, a man has died after he drove into the water with his car. The accident happened around 6:25 pm near the Alfred Ronsestraat.

It’s believed he [...]

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Donald Trump is moving to the White House, and liberals put him there

”There was Joe Biden, with his powerful plainspoken style, and there was Bernie Sanders, an inspiring and largely scandal-free figure. Each of them would probably have beaten Trump, but neither of them would really have served the interests of the party insiders.” — Thomas Frank

Note: The ILWU International Executive Board endorsed Bernie Sanders [...]

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NLRB ruling: Trump violating federal labor law

”We don’t get an annual raise, we have to pay for our health insurance, and we have no retirement. I’m not making enough to give my kids a better future,” said Trump employee Maria Jaramillo. The workers at the Trump International Hotel — more than 80 percent of whom are immigrants and more than [...]

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Longshore workers and families: Here’s where to cast your vote

We all know it: It’s critical to turn in our votes this year. Remind your friends and family to vote as well!

Find your polling place or ballot drop box in:

ALASKA CALIFORNIA HAWAII OREGON WASHINGTON Another state

An Injury to One is an Injury to All.

Pass it on!

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PMA and ILWU convene talks in San Francisco, agree to return

The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) met on November 1st in San Francisco, where discussions were held on the concept of a contract extension.

Both parties agreed to resume talks at a future date to be mutually agreed upon.

The current collective bargaining agreement covering 29 west coast ports [...]

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Panama Canal tackles accusations

From Port Technology:

The Panama Canal Authority (PCA) has released statements combating both the rumors of the privatization of its tug fleet and the accusation that the expansion has made workers and seafarers unsafe.

Rumors began circulating on October 25, 2016 when many sources reported that the ITF had addressed a press conference claiming that [...]

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ILWU International President McEllrath: Why we can’t vote Trump

The following message from International President Robert McEllrath is published in this month’s Dispatcher:

ILWU International President Robert McEllrath

You may have heard that I don’t have much patience for politicians, especially ones who want our help when they’re desperate for votes or contributions – then ignore us when we need their support.

I liked [...]

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Pet coke transport workers vote to join ILWU

Port of Long Beach photo of Pier G

JBA Transport workers who haul petroleum coke from California oil refineries to storage facilities and docks voted overwhelmingly to join the ILWU on September 1.

A simultaneous bid by the Teamsters Union to win the union election fizzled badly despite a show featuring big Teamster trucks with [...]

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Union organisation speaks out on container freight line collapse as crew suffers

Hanjin seafarers thank ILWU for solidarity as they seek shore leave after weeks or months at sea.

Excerpts from the Handy Shipping Guide:

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) inspector, Jeff Engels, visited the chartered vessel Hanjin Marine which finally moored in Seattle after three weeks waiting for a berth when his organisation was [...]

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Some Hanjin sailors denied shore leave in U.S. ports

Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal:

Screen shot of video of Hanjin ship at the Port of Seattle, Sept 26, 2016.

Sailors on several Hanjin ships were denied shore leave out of concern they might not return to their ships, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement. The concerns arise after the shipowner [...]

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ILWU Local 21 Longshore workers stress safety, camaraderie in shoemaker’s video

A Minnesota-based shoe manufacturer interviewed and filmed ILWU Local 21 Longshore workers for an ad the company is sharing on social media. They highlighted the importance of safety and camaraderie on the docks. See them hard at work on Red Wing’s Facebook page:

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