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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.

West Coast Longshore workers overwhelmingly vote to approve new 5-year contract, 82% in favor

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 22, 2015) – West Coast Longshore workers have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a tentative contract agreement reached in February with employers represented by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) voted 82% in favor of approving the new 5-year agreement that will expire [...]

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Recall petition: 'Malfeasance and violation of the oath of office' at the Port of Vancouver

In a May 20 article titled ‘Petitions filed to recall Vancouver port commissioners Oliver, Wolfe,’ the Columbian’s Aaron Corvin follows an excellent investigative series that includes the following excerpts:

In recall documents filed Tuesday, Vancouver resident Christopher Clifford accuses Port of Vancouver commissioners Jerry Oliver and Brian Wolfe of malfeasance, misfeasance and violation of the [...]

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Analyst: Vancouver oil terminal has less than 50% chance of approval

It’s anybody’s guess as to whether Vancouver will become home to the nation’s largest rail-to-marine oil-transfer terminal.

But an analyst with RBC Capital Markets, a global banking company, thinks the project proposed by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies at the Port of Vancouver has less than a 50 percent of being approved.

The May 8 [...]

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ITF president expresses condolences over latest docker death

According to Seatrade Global, the boom of the 23-row ZPMC super-post-panamax crane snapped causing wreckage including the cabin to fall and smash into the hold of 6,674 teu Maersk Karachi below.

ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) president and chair of its dockers’ section, Paddy Crumlin, has expressed the organisation’s condolences over the death of [...]

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Portland City Council won’t even consider that massive north Portland propane terminal

ILWU Local 8 victory in opposing Pembina propane export terminal in Portland

[Note: you can help shore up Local 8's victory by voting NO in this online poll ASAP. Thank you! -Editors]

From the Portland Mercury:

Mayor Charlie Hales’ office has pulled a June 10 hearing over zoning changes that would allow a massive [...]

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Portland newspaper declares 'death sentence' for controversial propane terminal

In an article titled ‘Mayor Charlie Hales withdraws support for Pembina propane terminal,’ the Willamette Weekly writes:

Posters have appeared around Portland spoofing Charlie Hales’ campaign materials. Hales ran as an environmentalist and was pushing for massing propane exports that would clog existing rail lines. ILWU Local 8 has been actively opposing the project.

In [...]

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Giant Hanjin boxship catches fire in Suez

Suez Canal Authority said it controlled a blaze in a British container ship passing the waterway Friday, leaving no human losses.

The fire broke out in a stack of containers towards the stern while the 13,000-teu Hanjin Green Earth vessel was underway 48 km to the south of the canal on Friday evening. The fire [...]

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Thinking inside the box on Workers’ Memorial Day

By Paddy Crumlin, National Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the President of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

Unsafe containers affect workers in every section of the transport chain – that makes it a trade union issue.

Today, on International Workers’ Memorial Day we remember the dockers, seafarers, truck drivers, railway [...]

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Portland City Council's Earth Day session disrupted by opponents of propane export terminal

Portland City commissioners walked out of their Earth Day hearing Wednesday after opponents of a proposed propane export terminal in North Portland staged a small demonstration in council chambers.

The council will vote soon on whether to amend zoning at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 to allow the propane terminal to build [...]

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Maersk container ship causes major Suez backlog after running aground

A container ship carrying a grade A hazardous cargo ran aground in Egypt’s Suez Canal on Saturday morning, the canal authority confirmed, delaying traffic for several hours through one of the most important trade routes in the world.

Sources in the canal authority said another ship in the same convoy, the Liberian-flagged Margaret Oldendorff, had [...]

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To raise wages in Panama, dockers join a U.S. union

By David Bacon, in the Dispatcher and David Bacon Reality Check blog:

PANAMA CITY, PANAMA (4/2/15) – You see a lot of parked taxis in the parking lot at the Panama Ports terminal here. They’re not waiting to give rides to longshoremen. Dockworkers themselves are the drivers. Longshore wages in Panama are so low that [...]

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ILWU Longshore Caucus delegates vote to recommend TA to membership for ratification vote

SAN FRANCISCO (April 3, 2015) – ILWU Coast Longshore Caucus delegates voted Friday to recommend approval of the tentative agreement reached on February 20, 2015, between the union and employers represented by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).

The tentative agreement was approved on February 20 by the ILWU’s 16-member elected Negotiating Committee and 8-member [...]

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Portland terminal ‘doesn’t have a labor problem; it has a management problem’

The Port of Portland has ten marine terminals, all of which are experiencing good labor relations except for the one operated by ICTSI.

From an article titled ‘Oregon Lawmakers Call For End To Port Labor Dispute’ on Oregon Public Broadcasting:

A bipartisan group of Oregon lawmakers issued a letter this week, calling for an [...]

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Houston Ship Channel fully reopens after collision

The Carla Maersk sustained significant damage and had been carrying approximately 216,000 barrels of MTBE.

The Houston Ship Channel fully reopened Thursday morning after a collision between two vessels caused flammable gasoline additive to spill and forced a section of the major waterway to close for three days.

A 4- to 8-mile section of [...]

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Port of Longview commissioners reject Haven Energy lease on 3-0 vote

Port of Longview commissioners unanimously rejected the proposed Haven Energy propane export terminal Tuesday morning, voicing concerns about the safety and the true economic impact of the $300 million project.

The vote came after 90 minutes of testimony featuring a primarily negative response from the crowd of nearly 200 people. More than 20 people spoke [...]

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