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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.

PierPass member terminals increase throughput 46% in first half of March

From a PierPass news release:

In the wake of a tentative labor deal announced Feb. 20 and the formation of a port-wide chassis pool on March 1, marine terminals at the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach moved 46% more cargo containers by truck during the first half of March compared with [...]

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LA boss Seroka invites ILWU to the table

Excerpts from Lloyd’s List:

Los Angeles boss Gene Seroka has issued an open invitation to union leaders to work with the rest of the port community on efforts to restore customer relations and protect cargo traffic after months of disruption that has driven business away.

Mr Seroka, who was appointed executive director of the port [...]

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Portland terminal ‘doesn’t have a labor problem; it has a management problem’

The Port of Portland has ten marine terminals, all of which are experiencing good labor relations except for the one operated by ICTSI.

From an article titled ‘Oregon Lawmakers Call For End To Port Labor Dispute’ on Oregon Public Broadcasting:

A bipartisan group of Oregon lawmakers issued a letter this week, calling for an [...]

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AFL-CIO cuts off campaign money until trade battles are resolved

The AFL-CIO is not only lobbying against pending trade deals, it’s also suspending campaign contributions to members of Congress.

The union says it wants to “conserve resources for the historic legislative battle around fast track (trade promotion authority) and the debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”

Past trade deals “form a mountain of broken promises made [...]

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Halifax Port Authority reaches agreement with longshoremen

Dr K Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, congratulated the Halifax Port Authority and the International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1843 on the renewal of their collective agreement on March 11.

The collective agreement, which covers general operation and maintenance employees, expired on December 31, 2014.

“I commend the Halifax Port [...]

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USW reaches tentative agreement with oil industry

USW news release:

The United Steelworkers (USW) announced today that it has reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with Shell Oil as a pattern agreement for the rest of the industry. The agreement accomplishes the major goals as directed by the USW’s oil conference in October of last year, and has been [...]

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Post-negotiations report: Sky isn’t falling

”Not only will the shipping costs to the West Coast ports be lower due to the shorter distance traversed, but also due to the increased efficiency of the vessels carrying the cargo,” the UCLA report found.

Excerpts from a Los Angeles Times article titled ‘Ports dispute to have a small effect on economy’:

The [...]

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Unions ready to battle against TPP trade deal

OBAMA AND GOP: The White House boasts GOP allies in pushing for the TPP, including House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. (shown here), and Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka put lawmakers on notice Tuesday that votes in favor of giving President Obama fast-track authority for a pending multilateral [...]

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N.J. Assembly votes 75-0 to pull out of bi-state Waterfront Commission

A bill to pull New Jersey out of the bi-state Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor now goes to Gov. Chris Christie to sign, after the state Assembly approved it 75-0 Monday afternoon following the state Senate’s overwhelming approval in December.

The author of the bill, state Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), whose district includes the [...]

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Port of Longview commissioners reject Haven Energy lease on 3-0 vote

Port of Longview commissioners unanimously rejected the proposed Haven Energy propane export terminal Tuesday morning, voicing concerns about the safety and the true economic impact of the $300 million project.

The vote came after 90 minutes of testimony featuring a primarily negative response from the crowd of nearly 200 people. More than 20 people spoke [...]

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West Coast Dockworkers Push Back Boss Attacks

Excerpts from The Militant:

The union succeeded in getting the truth out, explaining how the lockouts, the bosses’ failure to train crane operators and the creation of a chronic shortage of chassis to transport containers were responsible for the growing disruption of trade. Rail bosses exacerbated the situation, prioritizing more profitable oil transport, leading to [...]

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership clause everyone should oppose

A police woman removes a woman protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on Capitol Hill in Washington January 27, 2015. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Excepts from an opinion piece in the Washington Post by Senator Elizabeth Warren:

The United States is in the final stages of negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive free-trade agreement with Mexico, Canada, [...]

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ILA issues statement on recent article

The International Longshoremen’s Association issued the following statement this morning:

ILA and Two Districts Say “We Want Your Cargo” Journal of Commerce Article Does Not Reflect Position and Policy of Union

NORTH BERGEN, NJ – (March 6, 2015) The leaders of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO and its two districts, were critical of statements made [...]

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ILWU among 60+ unions to tell congress: 'No Fast Track' on trade deals

ILWU International President Bob McEllrath was among more than 60 leaders of major unions in the public and private sectors nationwide who sent a strong and united message to Congress against fast-tracking trade deals. Collectively representing almost 20 million workers and their families, they wrote (excerpts):

Fast Track trade deals mean fewer jobs, lower wages, [...]

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India dockworkers defer nationwide strike for one week

Indian dockworker unions have tentatively agreed to defer a nationwide indefinite strike that was to begin March 9 by a week, setting the stage for negotiations between the stakeholders to reach a settlement.

The decision came after the chief labor commissioner appealed to union leaders to allow until March 16 to hold further consultations on [...]

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