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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.

Got a minute? Help stop ICTSI from hurting dockworkers and their families

Please read this important message from the International Transport Workers’ Federation, Dockers Section and then click here to add your name:

Click the photo to lend your support. ITF is helping Indonesian dockworkers as they fight for their rights at ICTSI.

Date: 10 October 2017

Dear comrades,

Right now in Indonesia, children have been […]

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Congress could use Puerto Rico aid to attack Jones Act and American jobs

From ‘Seafarers fret over new assault on Jones Act in wake of storms’ in Bloomberg News:

“The Jones Act is pretty much the only reason I have a job,” said Brett Cowan, a mariner from California who has been working on boats since he was 13. Changing the Jones Act, he said, “would put […]

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ITF committed to ensuring ICTSI does not extend its emerging patterns of labour violations

Analysis carried out by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has found an emerging pattern of labour rights violations throughout one of the world’s fastest growing stevedoring companies: International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI).

The report, launched by ITF President Paddy Crumlin, shows that labour issues at ICTSI terminals are not limited to current disputes […]

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Update on ILWU members wounded in Las Vegas: 'All those guys were heroes, they all protected their wives and each other'

Excerpts from an article in the Daily Breeze titled ‘Fundraising set for dockworker seen wounded on video in aftermath of Las Vegas shooting’:

ILWU Local 13 member Doug Cotter and family

Doug Cotter, 48, of Garden Grove, was one of three Port of Los Angeles dockworkers injured Sunday night when the shooting erupted at the […]

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Dockworker families pull together as workers recover from Las Vegas shooting

Note: ILWU Local 13 Brothers Mike Ljubic, Doug Cotter and Ambrose Russo are among the injured. Please continue to show them your love and support as they recover from this traumatic event. Our hearts break for all of the fallen and injured in Las Vegas.

From the Daily Breeze:

Two Port of Los Angeles […]

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ILWU thoughts and prayers are with Las Vegas victims and families; Longshoreman injured protecting wife

Note: We are shocked and saddened by the senseless massacre that occurred in Las Vegas last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims and their families. We especially pray for the recovery of our ILWU union brother who was critically injured while protecting his wife. This act of bravery and love […]

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ILWU Canada ‘proud to help fight like hell’ in favor of $15 minimum wage to get BC workers out of poverty

Excerpts from an article titled ‘Vancouver rally held to push NDP government to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour’:

ILWU Canada members support raising Canada’s federal minimum wage, including ILWU Canada President Rob Ashton, seen here with microphone.

On Wednesday, September 27, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada members held a demonstration in […]

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Union power on display in California’s just-completed legislative session

Excerpts from the Sacramento Bee:

Labor is a major player at the Capitol, where Democratic lawmakers are sympathetic to its issues and some are former union members themselves. The party achieved two-thirds’ control of both houses of the Legislature last fall with the help of millions of dollars in union campaign contributions and get-out-the-vote efforts.

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Worker dies after getting trapped in cable drum atop a crane at PSA terminal

Our condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of the victim. An Injury to One is an Injury to All.

From the Straits Times:

A 33-year-old man died at PSA’s Keppel terminal on Wednesday (Sept 20) morning.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to the rescue incident at about 10.20am. It […]

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Gov. Brown decision means no public funds will be used to 'green-wash' job-killing automation

Note: We applaud Governor Brown’s decision to ensure this legislation doesn’t use public funds to “green-wash” job-killing automation. The ILWU Coast Longshore Division worked with ILWU California locals to educate the State Assembly on this important issue.

From an article titled ‘Labour Beats Port Automation’ from Port Technology:

California Gov. Jerry Brown

California Governor Jerry […]

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Jakartan dockworkers call on Hutchison-owned Watsons to stand up for workers’ rights

As a result of Hutchison’s refusal to negotiate in good faith, ITF affiliate, Serikat Pekerja Jakarta International Container Terminal (SPJICT), has been forced to ramp up its campaign. Today, in Jakarta, union members and their supporters took the campaign from the waterfront to Hutchison-owned health and beauty retailer Watsons.

Paddy Crumlin, President of the […]

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Prince Rupert container terminal to re-open following ‘incident’; 11 workers treated and released

From CBC News:

Canada’s second-largest container shipping terminal closed following what authorities at the Port of Prince Rupert described as an “incident” Sunday morning.

DP World, the company that owns the container terminal, said the incident took place at 5 a.m. PT. A spokesperson said 11 workers had to get medical treatment at the hospital […]

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Maritime, dockworker unions criticize Liberty Marine’s labor switch

Note: Read the full Maritime Labor Alliance release about this jurisdictional violation here

From American Shipper:

A collective of ship and dockworkers unions are protesting a decision by Liberty Maritime to employ deck and engineering officers from another union to operate its newest U.S.-flag ship, rather than those members of its longtime union, the Marine […]

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International Longshore and Warehouse Union donates $20,000 to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, expressing sadness about the devastation and hope for rebuilding, has donated $20,000 to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

In a letter sent to the United Way Relief Fund on August 31, the union’s top elected officers wrote, “It is an absolute tragedy that so many families have […]

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Sydney crane smash could have been fatal

MUA: Crane collapse in Sydney could have been fatal.

From SBS in Australia:

A metal wire which snapped from a collapsed crane on Sydney Harbour could have killed someone when it flung across to land and hit Luna Park’s iconic face entrance, the Maritime Union of Australia says.

The 220-tonne purpose-built crane, which sits […]

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