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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.

Levi’s drawn into growing Madagascan dockworkers dispute after ICTSI firings

International clothing company Levi Strauss and Co. is under pressure to help end the exploitation of Madagascan dockworkers as the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) calls on the company to stop the labour rights double standard.

The union is launching a major report, Levi’s: End the Double Standard in your Supply Chain highlighting Levi’s […]

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OMSA fires back at ‘erroneous’ and ‘misguided’ report on Jones Act changes

From gCaptain:

The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) has issued a statement in response to what it calls “erroneous claims and misguided research” by the American Petroleum Institute in relation to the Customs and Border Protection Agency’s (CBP) proposed modifications to rulings related to the use of Jones Act vessels in the offshore oil […]

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ITF condemns ‘politically motivated’ MV Portland fines

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) Cabotage Taskforce has condemned as ‘unbelivable’ fines requested by Australia’s Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) against crew members of the MV Portland.

ITF Cabotage Taskforce chair James Given stated. “This is shameful, unbelievable news. These men were defending their jobs when they were ejected from the ship that was their […]

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‘No taxpayer money to eliminate American jobs’ in port CEO search

Excerpts from ‘Who will head Long Beach’s port?’ in the Press-Telegram:

This week the board running the Long Beach port interviewed seven finalists in hopes of finding the nation’s second-busiest container port’s next CEO. … One of the largest players is the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the union representing dockworkers.

“We want the […]

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ITF delivers satisfactory progress report to Maersk AGM

International Transport Workers’ Federation news release:

A four-strong team of representatives from ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) unions today committed to continued dialogue with AP Møller-Mærsk at the company’s AGM in Copenhagen.

The union members were at the event to deliver a progress report on the continuing dialogue between the company and unions established by […]

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Port worker dies in worksite accident in Valparaiso, Chile

Our condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Brother Hernán Vedia López. An Injury to One is an Injury to All.

South Pacific Terminal (TPS) reported the death of longshore worker Hernán Vedia López, after an accident inside the port at 22:30 hours on Friday, March 24.

The worker worked at […]

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The One Percent Solution: How Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time

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 […]

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ITF welcomes historic Spanish dockers’ win

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 […]

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ITF comment: International Women’s Day

”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, […]

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Four terminals in Argentina stop following death of port worker

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 […]

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Barangaroo death: Union claims it was blocked from inspecting work site

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 […]

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Global protests target Madagascan Government in campaign to reinstate sacked dock workers

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 […]

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ICTSI and Port of Portland splitsville

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 […]

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House Republicans push forward anti-union ‘right-to-work’ bill

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 […]

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The Jones Act under attack

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 […]

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