ILWU ally Gordon Lafer helped Local 142 win a collective bargaining agreement with Pacific Beach Hotel in a multi-year struggle. His latest book discusses the powerful forces against America’s workers:
In the aftermath of the 2010 Citizens United decision, it’s become commonplace to note that politics has become dominated by a small slice of the […]
The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has hailed an amazing victory by Spanish dockers to defeat a controversial government plan to gut the rules that govern Spanish ports.
ITF president & chair of the dockers’ section Paddy Crumlin said: “This just shows the power of the dockers in Spain and I congratulate them for making […]
”The ITF and its unions stand proud in working with women transport workers making workplaces better, safer and more representative.” — Diana Holland, ITF
Speaking today, International Women’s Day, Diana Holland, chair of the ITF’s (International Transport Workers’ Federation’s) women transport workers’ committee, said: “The 8th of March isn’t just an occasion of celebration, […]
Our profound condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Brother Pedro Fita, who was killed when glass fell from a crane and pierced his helmet. We are hoping for a full recovery for his co-worker who was also seriously injured. SUPA union officials say work stopped for 24 hours at terminals in […]
Our profound condolences go out to Brother Macphereson’s family, friends and colleagues. From the Maritime Union of Australia:
The Maritime Union of Australia says it was recently prevented from conducting a safety inspection at the construction site at Sydney’s Barangaroo where a 32-year-old worker was killed March 1.
Tim Macpherson was crushed to death when […]
The Government of Madagascar is the target of a global campaign launched 28th February to defend dockworkers at the ICTSI operated Port of Toamasina in Madagascar. The campaign by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) will see protests outside of Madagascan embassies across three continents.
Steve Cotton, ITF General Secretary said this was the […]
Excerpts from the Portland Tribune article subtitled ‘Terminal 6 lease terminated early; Elvis has left the building’:
The deadlock at the Port of Portland’s underused Terminal 6 just got a little closer to ending.
The Port and the company that runs the Terminal, ICTSI Oregon, have parted ways.
The two have mutually agreed to terminate […]
From Think Progress:
Earlier this month, Republican Reps. Steve King (IA) and Joe Wilson (SC) re-introduced a so-called right-to-work bill that would significantly hamper unions across the country and likely lower wages for all Americans.
On the campaign trail, President Trump said he is “100 percent” in favor of right-to-work laws.
So far, 27 states […]
Posted at Maritime Executive:
Over the years, lawmakers and presidents have proposed making somewhat controversial changes to the Jones Act. Some have gone so far as to recommend repealing it entirely as Senator John McCain did in 2015.
The Jones Act, passed in 1920, protects legally-defined maritime workers and helps maintain a safe […]
Opinion from the Workplace Justice Project and the Centro de los Derechos del Migrante in the Baltimore Sun:
President Trump campaigned on promises of higher wages and better jobs, but he has betrayed those promises with his nomination of fast-food chain CEO Andrew Puzder for secretary of the Department of Labor.
The Department of Labor […]
Excerpts from the Associated Press:
Loaded with more than 6,000 cargo containers, the ship Ever Living prepared for the final leg of its journey through the newly expanded Panama Canal when things hit a snag: The last of the massive steel lock doors failed to open all the way.
The pilots controlling the ship and […]
Excerpts from The Stand:
Republicans in the Washington State Legislature and Congress are introducing bills this week that would institute so-called “right-to-work” policies in Washington and nationally, an attempt to deliver a severe blow to the labor movement and weaken workers’ collective bargaining rights at the behest of U.S. corporations.
Right-to-work laws ban unions and […]
Los trabajadores portuarios españoles están construyendo el apoyo de los hermanos y hermanas sindicales de todo el mundo, incluyendo este grupo de hermanos en Koper, Eslovenia.
La ITF (Federación Internacional de los Trabajadores del Transporte) califica el plan del gobierno español para destripar la normativa portuaria de “descabellado” y un peligro para la posición […]
Spanish dockers are building support from longshore workers around the world, including this group of brothers in Koper, Slovenia.
The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today described plans by the Spanish government to gut the rules that govern Spanish ports as beyond belief and a danger to Spain’s standing in the world.
ITF president […]
Translated from ‘Fomento liberalizará la contratación de estibadores en los puertos españoles’ in El Pais:
The Minister of Development, Íñigo de la Serna, prepares a decree law for the liberalization of the stevedoring in Spanish ports.
The reason for the modification of the stowage regulation is that there is an obligation to register with […]