Disclaimer

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.

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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Violence against trade unionists remains rampant in Colombia

Colombian labor unions said the country’s authorities have failed to enforce worker protections and revealed that they are being threatened.

From Telesur TV:

Colombia has failed to enforce worker protections in a free trade agreement with the United States, U.S. and Colombian labor unions said on Monday.

In a complaint issued by the AFL-CIO [...]

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Bernie Sanders takes Oregon, looks to California

The ILWU is working to make sure that California’s June 7 primary is a win for Bernie Sanders! Here’s what our endorsed candidate had to say last night after his victory in Oregon:

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Slower growth foreseen at booming Port of Hueneme

From the Ventura County Star:

The small deep-water Port of Hueneme saw business boom as the result of labor problems at the Port of Los Angeles, which experienced slowdowns last year, according to Port of Hueneme CEO Kristin Decas. Revenue was $15.3 million in 2015-16, up from the projected $14.9 million.

On the horizon are [...]

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Willie Adams: Pasha agreement ‘signals new era for cargo in San Francisco’

[Note: Willie Adams was elected President of the San Francisco Port Commission in January of this year after nearly four years of service on the Commission, and has been the ILWU International Secretary-Treasurer since 2003.]

From an article titled ‘Port of San Francisco and Pasha Automotive Services sign agreement for Pier 80 operations’ in [...]

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Bernie Sanders inspired this progressive to challenge a conservative Democratic incumbent

ILWU International President Bob McEllrath with Congressional candidate Dave McTeague, May 2016. Photo by Dawn Des Brisay, ILWU Local 40.

From the Huffington Post:

A progressive House candidate is tying himself as closely to Bernie Sanders as possible in the hopes that it will help him pull off a major upset against a [...]

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ITF underlines Panama Canal safety case

Published on VesselFinder.com:

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is reiterating its case regarding the possible risks to safety posed by the Panama Canal’s new locks.

This latest information comes after the Panama Canal Authority (PCA) published a press release which attempted to deny the serious points of concern raised by an independent safety study [...]

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KING 5 reporter gains 'whole new respect' for longshore workers after crane tour

KING 5 reporter Alex Rozier reported this morning from a Port of Tacoma crane with ILWU Local 23 President Dean McGrath and ILWU crane operator Mike Hartman.

McGrath pointed out that “40% of Washington jobs are based in some form or fashion to this industry, and it’s important that we all recognize [...]

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Seattle’s waterfront business and labor leaders elated by anti-arena vote

Excerpts from the Puget Sound Business Journal:

Seattle waterfront leaders expressed delight and surprise Tuesday that the Seattle City Council has thwarted plans to build a basketball arena next door to the Port of Seattle’s busiest cargo terminal.

“People are happy, everyone’s in a pretty good mood today,” said John Persak, vice president of the [...]

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Seattle City Council vote is a victory for port jobs

From a Seattle Times article called ‘Seattle City Council kills sale of street for Sodo arena’:

Sally Bagshaw, Seattle City Councilmember who championed port jobs

The Seattle City Council on Monday voted 5-4 to reject giving up part of Occidental Avenue South to Chris Hansen so he can build a half-billion-dollar arena in Sodo.

Councilmember [...]

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VIDEO: ILWU attorney outlines how current Sodo arena plan will hurt port jobs

In this week’s episode of City Inside/Out, speakers debate the job impacts of a current arena plan near the Port of Seattle:

On May 2, the Seattle City Council will vote whether or not to close one block on Occidental Avenue in SoDo to construct a new arena. Supporters say investor Chris [...]

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Sanders’ ad features Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii’s Senator who will speak Tuesday in Oregon

From the Bernie Post:

A moving television ad released by Bernie Sanders features Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who discusses the true cost of war.

Sanders’ campaign released the ad on YouTube. It focuses on the cost of war, and is voiced by Representative Tulsi Gabbard, a veteran and supporter of Bernie Sanders.

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