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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.

Union kicks back at Rotterdam

So the dispute does not escalate, Mr Crumlin is urging ‘all parties, and that includes not just all operators and port authorities, but also the shipping lines, to get together to defuse this situation and reach an agreed settlement.’

Things are off to a rocky start at the Port of Rotterdam’s new Rotterdam Gateway [...]

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ILWU signs supporting longshore workers dot San Pedro, Wilmington and Long Beach businesses

Pronto’s Restaurant in San Pedro is one of many local businesses that have put a sign up in support of the ILWU. (Chuck Bennett / Daily Breeze photo)

Preparing for Thursday’s massive march along San Pedro’s waterfront, local merchants have been declaring their support for workers by putting ILWU signs in their windows: “We [...]

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Blear revalida su dominio en Sintrajap por dos años más

[NOTE: Ronaldo Blear has been reelected as Secretary General of dockworkers union SINTRAJAP in Costa Rica for his sixth 2-year term. He represents more than 1,000 union dockworkers and 'will continue defending their union agreement and organization from privatization interests.' For more information on the battle for SINTRAJAP jobs in the face of a massive [...]

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ITF repeats call for Rotterdam dialogue as dockers protest

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today called for all-party talks on the future of the port of Rotterdam, as dockers refused to unload a ship loaded at the new Rotterdam Gateway (RWG) terminal. RWG, unlike other companies at the port, refuses to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with port workers, who are represented by [...]

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MTD Demands Defeat of Anti-Jones Act Amendment before Senate

The Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO is urging its affiliates and port councils to oppose an amendment being offered to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline legislation that would repeal a portion of the Jones Act. The overall legislation is being debated on the floor of the U.S. Senate at this time.

“This amendment has no place [...]

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Drivers suffering as delays continue to clog ports

From The Hill:

Drayage, the business of carrying cargo containers by truck from a port terminal to a distribution center, warehouse, or rail ramp, is in a god-awful mess right now at ports from California to New Jersey.

The problems:

Shortages of chassis and dislocations of chassis, meaning that chassis are in the wrong places [...]

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30,000 Indian dockers stand up for rights at massive protest day

On January 8, Indian dockworkers observed Massive Protest Day in all 12 major ports. More than 30,000 dockers in all over India participated and staged massive protest “Dharana” in front of their respective ports.

Under the guidance of Com. S.R. Kulkarni, President of the Transport & Dock Workers’ Union, Mumbai & Com. S.K. Shetye, [...]

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ILWU Local 8 opposes propane proposal; says jobs promise is ‘simply false’

On behalf of 500 Longshore workers in Portland, ILWU Local 8 President Mike Stanton announces the union’s opposition to a propane terminal proposal for the Port of Portland.

A proposal to build a $500 million propane export terminal in Portland is being pushed through by the largest pipeline company in the Canadian tar sands region, [...]

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Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a pending disaster

TPP sign

Republicans, who now run Congress, say they want to cooperate with President Barack Obama and point to the administration’s Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, as the model. The only problem is that the TPP would be a disaster.

The TPP is a Trojan horse in a global race to the bottom, giving big [...]

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Los Angeles, Long Beach port truck drivers agree to unionization process with firm

From the Long Beach Press Telegram:

The union seeking to represent truck drivers who serve the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and a major trucking firm have struck an agreement that would allow their drivers to decide whether to unionize, organizers announced Tuesday.

Drivers with Carson-based Shippers Transport Express, a wholly owned subsidiary [...]

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Chilean port workers continue strike

A Chilean dock worker waves a Chilean flag at a rally at the entrance of the port during a strike in Valparaiso city. Photo by Reuters.

Over 200 workers at Chile’s San Antonio port remain on strike with workers at other ports saying they will not unload Puerto Central ships.

The Costanera Espigon Maritime [...]

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Port labor dispute sizzles with mediator, warehouse lawsuit

From Land Line Magazine:

If the mediation settles problems with warehouse workers and the maritime association, don’t expect all labor problems surrounding the twin ports to stop.

In December, five employees filed a lawsuit against California Cartage Co. and two staffing services for alleged violations of Los Angeles’s living wage ordinance. The suit comes on [...]

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Federal mediator to help West Coast ports contract dispute

From the Associated Press:

A federal mediator is getting involved in stalled contract talks between West Coast dockworkers and their employers.

Political and financial pressure has been building as each side blamed the other for the slow movement of billions of dollars of cargo across the docks at 29 seaports that are a vital trade [...]

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Chassis maintenance and repair a main culprit of ILWU-PMA impasse

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Contract negotiations resumed Monday between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association after the holiday recess, but it appears that no significant progress will be made until both parties agree to compromise on the controversial issue of chassis maintenance and repair.

Until this year, shipping [...]

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Congressman: Reducing night shifts will increase congestion; PMA must bring decision makers to table

News release from Congressman Alan Lowenthal:

Congressman Alan Lowenthal says reducing LA/LB port night shifts will increase port congestion; urges PMA and ILWU to redouble efforts on contract talks

”Coming to an agreement on a new contract must involve key decision makers from both sides. The ILWU leadership is sitting at the table [...]

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