PORTLAND, OR (May 18, 2013) – A Portland longshore worker is recovering at home after being struck by a Marubeni-Columbia Grain customer who was crossing an ILWU picket line at the Port of Portland on May 16. The worker, a member of ILWU Local 92, was knocked to the ground after the semi truck’s driver [...]
Our condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of our union brother.
A body retrieved from a truck that went into the water off of a street in West Oakland Friday afternoon was that of a local longshoreman who had worked at the Port of Oakland for more than 50 years, [...]
The Northwest Labor Press reports on the lockouts at Mitsui-United Grain in Vancouver and Marubeni-Columbia Grain in Portland:
Pickets at both the Port of Portland and Port of Vancouver are hammering on how the foreign-owned companies are profiting from local taxpayer investments while ruining local union jobs that pay good wages and benefits.
A flier [...]
While NBA fans were disappointed after Wednesday’s decision by the league to reject a plan to move the Sacramento Kings to Seattle, not everyone in the Emerald City was that upset.
Freight industry leaders have been fighting plans to build a basketball arena in Seattle’s Sodo area. And the local longshore union has legal action [...]
The U.S. Coast Guard has cited the owner of a protest boat that violated a 200-yard safety zone at the Port of Kalama, Wash.
Protest boats have taken to the Columbia River because of a contract dispute between grain terminal operators and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union. The owners of grain terminals in Vancouver, [...]
Nine boats with longshore union supporters tried to block a grain ship at the Port of Kalama on Tuesday morning, causing the Coast Guard to board one boat and issue warnings to all the others.
The incident is a spillover of a Vancouver dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and United Grain. Protesters [...]
Workers fighting for improved pay and decent working conditions at the Port of Hong Kong have voted to call off their industrial action after accepting an improved wage offer and promises of further negotiations on working conditions – as well as an assurance that there will be no retaliation against workers who participated in the [...]
Mining giant Rio Tinto, through its subsidiary Coal & Allied, is a shareholder in PWCS.
Workers at Port Waratah Coal Services (PWCS) in Newcastle are poised to launch protected industrial action after an impasse in negotiations, the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) says.
Workers at the Kooragang Island and Carrington sites have voted on a [...]
Li Ka-shing, the billionaire behind Hongkong International Terminals (HIT), controls more than 70 percent of Hong Kong’s port container traffic and oversees a vast transnational network of enterprises including the oil and gas giant Husky.
Arrayed against this financial titan often referred to as “Superman” are dockworkers exhausted by 12-hours shifts lacking even toilet breaks, [...]
From the Columbian:
The action against members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union follows a lockout already under way at the Port of Vancouver by United Grain. The number of workers impacted by the lockout was not available.
Columbia Grain issued a statement early Saturday accusing workers of engaging in what it called “inside [...]
Commenting on developments in the Port of Vancouver, Washington, USA, ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) acting general secretary Steve Cotton said:
Steven Cotton, ITF
The lockout of workers by Mitsui-United Grain will soon be entering its tenth week. The company choice of this tactic over honest negotiation has gained them nothing except local and international [...]
Today’s Columbian reports on NLRB charges from both the ILWU and Mitsui-United Grain, and for the first time, the employer has admitted that it’s displacing local union workers with replacement workers during the lockout. Excerpts from the Columbian:
Pat McCormick, spokesman for the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association, which represents United Grain and other grain [...]
Workers and protesters holding a defaced portrait of Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing and banners reading “right of collective negotiation,” “low pay subsidy” and “retire security” march to the government’s office during a May Day rally in Hong Kong Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Hundreds of workers, local labor rights groups and striking dockworkers joined [...]
Union leader and Bolivian President Evo Morales sings his national anthem during the annual May Day march in La Paz on Wednesday. He announced during a speech that he was expelling the U.S. Agency for International Development from the country. Juan Karita/AP
Bolivian President Evo Morales expelled the U.S. Agency for International Development from [...]
BOLIVIA: El presidente Evo Morales anunció el miércoles la expulsión de la Agencia de Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID), a la que acusó de conspirar contra su gobierno, cuatro años después de haber echado al embajador de ese país y a la agencia antidroga DEA por las mismas razones.
El gobierno de [...]