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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.

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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Part of Houston channel shut after tanker, carrier collide

A portion of the busy Houston Ship Channel was shut Monday after two 600-foot ships collided in fog, causing a leak of flammable liquid.

Methyl tertiary-butyl ether, or MTBE, a gasoline additive aboard the Danish-flagged chemical tanker Carla Maersk, leaked from tanks that ruptured in the vessel’s collision with a 623-foot Liberian bulk carrier, Conti [...]

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For Oregon, 4 oil train accidents in 3 weeks a reminder ‘this issue is not going away’

Longshore workers in the Pacific Northwest are educating their communities on the risks posed by energy trains — including safety issues and rail congestion that chokes off other cargo. Several recent explosions are driving the point home. From the Oregonian:

The accidents came in rapid succession.

In July 2013, an oil [...]

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Panama pilots in talks with canal over safety issues

The Panama Canal Pilots Union, which is in negotiations for a new five-year contract, said it was encouraged by statements made by Panama Canal Authority CEO Jorge Quijano at the 15th annual TPM Conference here Tuesday.

The union, which is affiliated with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, has expressed concern about two safety issues [...]

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Thousands of railroad crossings never inspected

Rail congestion isn’t the only threat posed by the proposed increase in oil trains. Good reporting on thousands of dangerous rail crossings from KING 5 News in Seattle:

In 2011, an accident at a private crossing in Kelso killed three people. The crossing was owned by the railroad itself and did not have any [...]

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Panamanian longshore workers join the ILWU

”ILWU supports SITREBALCRI in your fight for good-paying jobs and a fair contract for all workers in the union.” ILWU International President Bob McEllrath led a solidarity delegation to Panama in September 2011, part of an ongoing effort to support maritime workers there. Dockworkers in this photo have since changed their union’s name to [...]

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CSX train hauling crude oil derails in West Virginia, explodes in huge fireball

All but two of the 109 cars being hauled were tanker cars, officials said. One person was treated for potential inhalation issues, but no other injuries were reported, according to a statement from CSX, the train company.

Fires burned for hours after a train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in a [...]

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3,000 locomotive engineers and conductors begin strike in Canada

In an article titled ‘CP engineers on strike after talks fail,’ the Journal of Commerce reports:

A Teamsters union representing more than 3,000 Canadian Pacific Railway locomotive engineers and conductors walked off the job after failing to reach an agreement by the midnight deadline on Feb. 14.

Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) members went on [...]

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CN train hauling crude oil derails in Ontario

An eastbound CN freight train hauling crude oil has derailed on the CN mainline north of Gogama. The wreckage is on fire according to information provide by a CN official.

The stretch of rail between Gogama and Foleyet is extremely remote and cannot be accessed by road, according to Ontario Provincial Police. CN said the [...]

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