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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.

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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Longshore worker hospitalized after containers collapse at Port of Oakland

From NBC Bay Area:

A longshore worker at the Port of Oakland was taken to a hospital Sunday after he was rescued from a vehicle trapped underneath two containers, a port spokesman confirmed.

Just before 9 a.m., firefighters responded to the 1700 block of Middle Harbor Road, the Oakland Fire Department told the East Bay [...]

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One Hanjin ship cleared to dock at U.S. port, others remain in limbo

From CNBC:

Authorization for the Hanjin Greece to enter the port came after bankruptcy courts in the United States and South Korea cleared the way for the company to spend $10 million to unload cargo from four ships headed for ports on the U.S. West Coast.

“We’re looking forward to getting these ships unloaded, said [...]

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Maritime community mourns death of longshoreman

Very sad update on the story of Brother Loadholt’s passing in Georgia:

It started as a typical morning on GPA’s Ocean Terminal docks.

Longshoremen, members of ILA Local 1414, were loading vehicles onto the Wallenius Wilhelmsen ship Tiger, which had come in to port overnight.

Operations had been underway about two hours, with longshoremen driving [...]

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Longshoreman dies after accident at Georgia terminal

Our condolences go out to our brother’s family, friends and brothers and sisters in ILA Local 1414.

From Savannah Now:

A longshoreman died Wednesday morning when the vehicle he was loading onto a ship jumped off the ramp and fell into the Savannah River at Georgia Ports’ Ocean Terminal.

Local 1414 President Tommy Stokes III [...]

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ILWU Local 13 official: Hanjin bankruptcy means ‘gates have been shut’ on 200-300 local jobs

Because Hanjin, the world’s seventh-largest shipping line, cannot pay ports and terminals to unload, ships filled with merchandise have sat idle for days. As of Sunday, officials said one massive container ship was still drifting 50 miles south of the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports; another ship was anchored at the Port of [...]

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No doubt about it: Oil-by-rail is threat

The Olympian published the following opinion piece by Jared Smith, President of ILWU Local 4 in Vancouver, WA:

Jared Smith, ILWU Local 4 President

On this Labor Day, longshoremen look back on a summer that vindicated our opposition to America’s largest proposed oil-by-rail project. After a terrifying oil train derailment in Mosier, weeks of public [...]

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Back to 1916 Tacoma: Remembering shots fired and a bloody, failed strike

Bearing the caption, ”Fellow workers we are in jail for you. What are you doing for us?” this 1916 photograph depicts “The Terrible Ten,” a group of Tacoma longshore workers who were sent to McNeil Island federal penitentiary, where each man served an 18-month sentence after being convicted of toppling a Tacoma trolley occupied [...]

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Talking with … Harvey Schwartz, a historian who supports workers

Labor historian Harvey Schwartz

Excerpts from J Weekly’s interview with Harvey Schwartz, labor historian and honorary curator at the ILWU International Library:

J Weekly: What’s the importance of the ILWU to the Bay Area?

Harvey Schwartz: After unions were suppressed nationally in the 1920s, it was longshoremen who turned that around in the ’30s [...]

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Longview firefighters, longshoremen to host fishing derby Sept. 2

From The Daily News:

Part of the funds raised will provide coats for children in winter through the organization Operation Warm.

Longview firefighters are teaming up with longshoremen of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 21 to host a fishing derby Sept. 2 to raise money for charity.

Money raised will go to the [...]

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Port of San Francisco welcomes Pasha Automotive Services to Pier 80

The ILWU Local 10 Drill Team performed August 22, 2016 at the inauguration of the Pasha terminal at Pier 80 in San Francisco.

First ship calls to unload automobiles and boats transforming Pier 80 from an underutilized asset to a thriving marine terminal

The Port of San Francisco today welcomed Pasha Automotive Services (PAS), [...]

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Man crushed by container worked for company with previous workplace violations: OSHA

Jorge Gomez, 51, died Monday at the Norfolk Southern rail yard in Jersey City when a container fell onto the lifting machine he was operating at the time. (Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal)

The ILWU Coast Longshore Division send our condolences to Brother Gomez’ family, friends and colleagues. An Injury to One [...]

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Longshore elected delegates vote to meet with West Coast employers to discuss their request for a contract extension

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 11, 2016) – More than 100 delegates from 29 West Coast ports from San Diego, CA to Bellingham, WA, who were elected by rank and file members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), convened this week to consider an employer request to discuss the possibility of an extension to [...]

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Union dockers: ‘Greedy global company DP World is trying to take over our jobs’

Linesmen at Ausport Marine who are also Maritime Union of Australia members are worried that terminal operator and stevedore DP World Australia will take over the linesman’s job function, which would affect 250 linesmen, reported Lloyd’s List Australia.

From an article titled ‘MUA linesmen members worried about stevedore job-threat ‘ in Lloyd’s List Australia:

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Ship hits wall of Panama Canal, renewing design concerns

The BBC has taken note of the ITF’s concerns about safety on the new Panama Canal locks:

Mechanized ‘mules’ pull ship through the previously existing Panama Canal locks. The new locks do not use mules.

A Chinese container ship has hit a wall of the recently-widened Panama Canal, amid concerns that it has less space [...]

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