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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.

PMA and ILWU Provide Update on Contract Talks

SAN FRANCISCO (July 25, 2014) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) today issued the following statement:

After several days of productive contract talks, both parties concluded negotiations on Friday afternoon.

No talks will take place from July 28 to Aug. 1 so that the ILWU can resume [...]

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Scheduled events could push ILWU talks into August

From yesterday’s Journal of Commerce:

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union today completed its two-day caucus in San Francisco, and the union will resume contract negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association on Wednesday. … Contract negotiations will resume Wednesday and will continue for the rest of this week, but the talks will recess again on [...]

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PMA and ILWU Provide Update on Contract Talks

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SAN FRANCISCO (July 18, 2014) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) today issued the following statement:

After several days of ongoing talks, both parties will break from negotiations next Monday and Tuesday in order for the ILWU to convene [...]

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Washington panel OKs oil-by-rail use, seems lukewarm toward Vancouver project

A Washington panel has deemed a proposed oil-by-rail site suitable for that very function. However, with the vote, there appeared to be caveats.

“ … While the evaluation council answered ‘yes,’ it also went to great lengths to point out that the question of whether the companies should actually get to build and operate their [...]

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Trucker strike at LA/LB ports ends; harbor commission will investigate allegations

More than a 120 striking truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach voted to return to work Friday, ending a five-day protest that briefly halted cargo flows at the ports, organizers said. The drivers decided late Friday to end their job action against three firms they accuse of widespread workplace violations. [...]

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MUNZ: TraPac supervisors screamed at crew to 'wash the blood off the deck and carry on' after LA fatality

The following letter was sent this morning from Joe Fleetwood, our union brother and National Secretary of the Maritime Union of New Zealand, to Frank Pisano, Executive Vice President of TraPac regarding a fatality on a ship in Los Angeles. Download the original letter by clicking on the graphic, or scroll down to read the [...]

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'Nobody really knows the damage a West Coast dock dispute could cause the American economy'

Employers seek to turn public opinion against the union by exaggerating damages.

Excerpts from the UK-based Handy Shipping Guide:

So, here we go again, the analysts and experts speaking volumes and saying little as the specter of a West Coast port strike looms, or doesn’t dependent on who you read. The facts are simply [...]

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WA legislators call to broaden scope of Grays Harbor terminals review

The Westway and Imperium expansion projects that are proposed to bulk up storage and rail capacity at Port of Grays Harbor in Hoquiam to handle a flux of crude oil have some Washington legislators saying pump the brakes.

Seven members of the Washington State legislature issued a letter to Imperium and Westway and ICF International.

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Portland Slowdown Just Got Slower

The deliberations of an Administrative Law Judge are expected to delay resolution of Portland’s Terminal 6 dispute.

An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a preliminary decision and recommended order on May 30 that for the period of September 2012 to June 2013 longshore workers employed at Terminal 6 [...]

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West Coast port talks carry baggage of 2002

From the Los Angeles Business Journal:

As contract talks have begun between shipping businesses and port workers, importers are stepping up the pace in anticipation of a possible port shutdown. But industry experts believe that both sides are motivated to reach a deal without a repeat of the disastrous lockout of 2002.

In 2002, labor [...]

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Safety code rejection angers dock union

The death of Anthony Attard, father-of-three, followed a recent run of accidents seriously injuring other waterside workers and sparked renewed calls for the tougher safety laws to be introduced.

Dock workers have launched a fierce attack on industry bosses for trashing a proposed safety code just eight days after an employee was crushed to death [...]

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ICTSI 'using NLRB as a hammer on working people in the U.S.'

Handy Shipping Guide, a UK-based media outlet, published an article this morning called ‘Reefer Shipping Container Argument at Port Leads to Freight Slowdown and Truck and Trailer Delays; Ongoing Labour Dispute ‘Will Go On For Years’. Excerpts:

Problems with management began shortly after Philippines-based ICTSI took over the Port of Portland’s container terminal operations [...]

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MUA condemns proposed changes to stevedoring award

”In the same week that we have seen yet another tragic death on the wharves, it beggars belief that our major employers would be engaging in a proposal to strip waterfront workers of their hard-earned rights and conditions.” — MUA Deputy National Secretary Mick Doleman

The Maritime Union of Australia has condemned a raft of [...]

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IAPH welcomes IMO container weighing move

Maersk created this graphic on the potential catastrophe created by improper weight distribution on a Triple-E ship. IAHP reports that ‘incorrectly declared container weights are one of the major causes of maritime container accidents in ship navigation, road transportation and terminal operation.’

The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has welcomed the IMO’s Maritime [...]

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MUA mourns tragic death on Melbourne waterfront

Our condolences go out to Mr. Attard’s family, friends and colleagues.

From the Maritime Union of Australia

The Maritime Union of Australia passes on with great sadness the news that an MUA member and delegate has been crushed to death on board a ship at the Toll Shipping facility in Port Melbourne. Anthony Attard, aged [...]

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