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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.

United Kingdom’s Brexit vote: ITF and ETF comment

”The ETF deeply regrets the outcome of the UK Brexit referendum. It is a sad but strong signal that an adequate European Union social policy is absent, and has sent workers away from the European project. The EU’s policies do not reflect workers’ expectations; a change has to come rapidly before other countries follow [...]

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ILWU worker in critical condition after fall at Longview, WA log yard

Our Brother is not being publicly identified at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family as we hope for his recovery. From The Daily News:

A dockworker was in critical condition Tuesday afternoon after a fall at the Weyerhaeuser Co. log yard.

Longview fire officials and AMR responded to the [...]

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Jo Cox MP: in memoriam

”Jo was very well known within and throughout the labour and progressive movement in the UK and the world for her extraordinary commitment to peace and human rights and her leadership and absolute commitment to build a more functional fairer and accountable world.” — Paddy Crumlin, ITF president and MUA national secretary

Speaking in [...]

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Bloomberg View: Ships Have Gotten Too Big

”In recent years, mega-vessels have caused traffic jams in the water and on-shore as overwhelmed ports struggle to offload thousands of containers.”

What’s a major cause of congestion at our ports? An important from piece Bloomberg View:

In December, the quarter-mile-long Benjamin Franklin became the largest cargo ship ever to dock at a U.S. [...]

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Worker rescued from crane at Port of Vancouver BC

CTV reports the worker ”fell approximately four meters down a ladder and landed on a platform.” We are wishing him a quick and full recovery.

From CTV:

A worker is recovering from a broken leg and minor head injury after stumbling from a crane platform at the Port of Vancouver Friday night.

Members of [...]

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In Defense of the Jones Act for Puerto Rico

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) has released a statement regarding Rep. Gary Palmer’s (R-AL) proposed measure to exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act – which requires waterborne cargo between two points in the United States to be transported on vessels that are American built, owned and crewed.

The Palmer amendment to H.R. 5278, the [...]

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LA, Long Beach ports truck drivers return to work after near week strike

Port truck drivers on strike for nearly a week will return to work Monday afternoon after picketing Monday at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, a union official said.

The job action was taken to protest their “misclassification as independent contractors and other labor law violations,” said Teamsters Union spokesperson Barb Maynard. Port [...]

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ILWU Drill Team showered Capt. Josh Williams with 'love and appreciation' at 50-year anniversary

Josh Williams, ILWU Drill Team Captain, donned an orange suit for the celebration. ILWU Local 10’s Drill Team and friends celebrated the group’s 50 years of solidarity and union culture in April 2016.

Published in the May 2016 issue of The Dispatcher:

Local 10 Drill Team members rolled out the red carpet to honor [...]

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Vintage Longshore pics featured in Bay Area art exhibit

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“Working Hands,” a photo exhibit that captures laborers at work, opens Saturday in Hayward.

The exhibit features photographs of Oakland longshoremen on the waterfront by Frank Silva and images of farm laborers and workers at a recycling plant by David Bacon.

There will be a free public reception [...]

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Section of Washington Highway 509 named for Longshore activist Phil Lelli

From the News Tribune:

During the 2015 legislative session, Sen. Steve Conway (D-Tacoma), sponsored legislation requesting that the Washington State Transportation Commission rename the highway in honor of Lelli, pictured here.

Phil Lelli was a Tacoma longshoreman, philanthropist and union activist.

Now he’s being commemorated with a section of highway.

The Washington State Transportation Commission [...]

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Sanders steps up push for ‘moral economy’

”You divide everyone up, and you know what happens?” Sanders asked. ”The rich get richer, and everyone else gets poorer.” Sen. Bernie Sanders wearing ILWU jacket at rally in Southern California, May 2016

From the Los Angeles Daily News:

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 30-minute speech before a crowd of about 1,000 mostly union dock workers [...]

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State-ownership not the solution for Portland

From Port Strategy:

The Port of Portland’s executive director has rejected a recent proposal from president of Common Sense for Oregon for the port’s Terminal 6.

Bill Wyatt believes that creating a state-owned authority, Oregon Shipping Authority (OSA), does not solve the problems which currently face the terminal.

Mr Wyatt accepted that restoring service at [...]

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Sen. Bernie Sanders’ San Pedro waterfront rally expected to draw thousands

From the Daily Breeze:

Thousands of union workers will rally Friday on the San Pedro waterfront during a campaign swing by Sen. Bernie Sanders as he continues to barnstorm the state for presidential primary votes.

The outdoor event, sponsored by Harbor Area labor unions, will be held at the Downtown Harbor dock area just [...]

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ILWU to gain auto, break bulk jobs at San Francisco's Pier 80

From an article titled ‘Auto importer to help Pier 80 roar back to life’ in the San Francisco Chronicle:

For the first time in years, San Francisco’s Pier 80 will revert to its intended purpose: a working cargo terminal.

The Port of San Francisco has reached a deal with Pasha Automotive Services, which will [...]

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Port of Portland’s container service hits zero

Excerpts from the Lewiston Tribune:

Westwood Shipping [made] its last call on the Port of Portland Saturday. It was the only container carrier that stopped regularly at the Oregon port and carried a fraction of the volume major shippers hauled. The last of those, Hapag-Lloyd, departed a year ago.

Low rates and overcapacity in the [...]

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