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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.

Shipping container terminal operator ICTSI penalised for Health and Safety issues

From the United Kingdom comes this report in the Handy Shipping Guide:

The longstanding dispute between the longshoremen who work in the Port of Portland and employers simmers on, and the latest development will doubtless engender an ‘I told you so’ from the dock workers who are employed at the ICTSI Oregon container shipping terminal [...]

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Deadlock continues on Baltimore ILA pact

Excerpts from the JOC:

”We are committed to assist you to achieve a fair and equitable local contract and to remove any financial burdens or obstacles that are an attempt by employers and a misguided arbitrator to weaken your efforts for union representation.” — Dennis Daggett, president of the ILA’s Atlantic Coast District, in [...]

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Hongkong International Terminals dockers’ raise depends on incentives

Dock workers at Hongkong International Terminals (HIT), the port operator hit by a five-week strike over wages last year, could see their base salaries increase by 6 per cent, and the company would offer an additional 4.1 per cent in incentive income.

But Chan Chiu-wai, of the Confederation of Trade Unions, which led last year’s [...]

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US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement's labor safeguards are failing to keep trade unionists alive

Ever Luis Marin Rolong is one of the 73 Colombian labor activists have been executed in the three years since the Labor Action Plan promised to protect unionists from such killings.

Ever Luis Marín Rolong kicked off a macabre annual body count in January when he became 2014′s first labor activist assassinated in one of [...]

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Halifax port workers pen new deal

More than 400 workers at the Halifax port have ratified a new collective agreement.

Signed at the beginning of April, the deal covers approximately 300 longshoremen, foremen and walking bosses, as well as about 70 checkers and 70 gear repair men working at the Port of Halifax, who had been without a contract since Dec. [...]

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Coast Caucus concludes with priorities and a plan for Longshore contract negotiations

ILWU Longshore Caucus Delegates, March 2014

The 90 delegates and dozens of pensioners who gathered in San Francisco for the Coast Longshore Division Caucus concluded their two week meeting on March 7 after adopting an approach to negotiations for a new Longshore & Clerks Contract that expires on June 30.

Resolutions set the agenda

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JOC series paints picture of drayage crisis

The JOC says the recent truckers’ strike in Vancouver, BC, ‘served as the flashpoint of an emerging drayage crisis that’s adding hundreds of millions of dollars to shipping costs and threatening the growth of intermodal commerce’ and concludes that ‘any solution to the drayage problem will require cooperation among terminal operators, longshore labor, chassis [...]

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Longshore Union vindicated as federal court throws out lawsuits by ICTSI and Port of Portland

Filipino company ICTSI sought to undermine the collective bargaining agreement and multi-employer system that has benefited the industry and economy for decades

”ICTSI’s attack on the decades old collective bargaining relationship between the ILWU and its own employer association, PMA, demonstrates ICTSI’s arrogance and complete disregard for the rules of engagement here in [...]

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Settlement reached in Vancouver truck dispute

Striking truck drivers (on March 26) reached an agreement with Port Metro Vancouver, the federal government of Canada and the provincial government of British Columbia to end the 28-day strike that has wreaked havoc at Canada’s busiest port.

The agreement that was reached, if implemented successfully, could have implications for busy U.S. container ports [...]

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Unions gather to strengthen South Pacific trade unionism

Maritime Unions have met in Auckland, New Zealand, to work towards a Regional Maritime Federation to build union strength throughout the South Pacific.

The meeting brought together the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), the Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ), the Papua New Guinea Maritime and Transport Workers Union (MTWU), the Australian Maritime Officers Union [...]

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ILWU Local 53 and Teevin Bros. spearhead donation to homeless students

From left, Jerry Ashby, president of TPT US Limited; Yale Fogarty, ILWU Local 53 president; Eric Oien, general manager of Teevin Bros.; Katey Townsend, HELP coordinator; and Steve Cullen, manager with Jones Stevedoring Co.

A recent donation of $4,250 from a group of timber shipping enterprises is already providing emergency assistance to homeless students and [...]

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ITF wins death threats investigation promise

SGTM members picketed at the ICTSI terminal in Portland earlier this month, and were sought by Honduran police on their return home.

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has won a promise from the Honduran ambassador to the UK to investigate death threats and victimisation of trade unionists in the city of Puerto Cortés.

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Striking truckers threatened with loss of licence to call at marine terminals

From an article titled ‘Officials Announce Plan to End Vancouver Truck Strike’ in the Journal of Commerce:

The Canadian federal government, the provincial government of British Columbia and Port Metro Vancouver have announced a 14-point action plan that authorities believe will end the two-week strike by harbor truck drivers that has reduced truck traffic to [...]

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CN obtains injunction against striking Vancouver truckers

Canadian National Railway on Friday obtained an injunction against striking union and non-union truck groups that will prevent their drivers from blocking access to the railroad’s intermodal terminal serving Port Metro Vancouver.

British Columbia Supreme Court Judge George Macintosh granted the injunction prohibiting United Truckers Association and Unifor-Vancouver Container Truckers Association from obstructing people or [...]

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Alaska legislators attempt to influence negotiations with IBU, MEBA

Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, has said it’s not the job of legislators to get involved in contract talks. Ricky Deising, regional director of the Inland Boatmen’s Union of the Pacific, said the issue of standby passes for employees, pensioners and family members comes up during each round of negotiations.

From an article titled ”Leaders want [...]

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