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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.

Long Beach terminals reopen as storm surges subside

From the Journal of Commerce:

The Port of Long Beach has resumed full cargo-handling operations after storm surges from Tropical Storm Marie subsided.

The port Wednesday suspended operations at two terminals due to 10- to 15-foot waves that battered south-facing piers and endangered dockworkers. The working of four vessels, including two Mediterranean Shipping Co. ships, [...]

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Columbian says oil terminal is wrong for Vancouver

From the Columbian:

The Port of Vancouver has agreed with Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies — which now are pursuing their joint venture under the collective name of Vancouver Energy — to build an oil terminal that would transfer an average of 360,000 barrels of crude per day.

The proposal for an oil terminal [...]

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Longshore workers return to work at Oakland terminal after safety issues resolved

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 19, 2014) – Longshore workers were able to safely enter the gate of an Oakland terminal on Tuesday night and work the ZIM vessel PIRAEUS. Unlike previous shifts over the last several days, the number of demonstrators and police at the terminal’s gate was small, and Longshore workers determined that the [...]

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ITF Congress Launches Global Safe Rates Campaign

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) Congress in Sofia, Bulgaria, has launched the global “Safe Rates and a Safe Industry – We’re In, Are you?” campaign for Australian truck drivers in the Transport Workers Union (TWU).

The TWU has long campaigned for better working conditions and safer roads for Australia’s truck drivers, some of whom [...]

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Crane collapse in Quebec leaves driver injured

gCaptain has posted several pictures of this incident in which a crane broke from a bulk carrier and fell into the cargo hold, leaving the crane driver with a broken ankle.

See more at gCaptain

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Unions accuse Panama Canal of unsafe working conditions

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The International Transport Workers’ Federation and four Panamanian unions have accused the Panama Canal Authority of ongoing failure to provide decent pay and safe working conditions for more than 9,000 affiliated maritime workers in the canal zone.

Representatives from four Panamanian unions, accompanied by [...]

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Maersk Line suspends shore-leave in Ebola-hit countries

Maersk Line will not stop calling at West African ports stricken by the Ebola virus, but the company will suspend shore-leave — which is the leave that professional sailors get to spend on dry land — as well as make some changes to crews in Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, Lloyd’s Loading List reports.

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Sheriff's letter on longshore union lockout is a must-read

Should public law enforcement provide private security for an overseas corporation that’s locked out local union workers? Longshore and Shipping News readers know the answer, but at last, here’s a rational message from law enforcement on the matter.

Excerpts from The Columbian, followed by Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas’ letter in its entirety:

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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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