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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.

APM Terminals workers embark on strike in Ghana

APM Terminals workers prepare to strike in Ghana, January 2017.

Some workers of APM Terminals, a container terminal operating firm at the Tema Port, yesterday embarked on a sit-down strike in solidarity with their colleagues who were interdicted for agitating for salary increases.

Clad in red armbands, the workers deserted the operational yard of […]

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Filipino union backs ITF for protecting seafarers against ‘cargo-unlashing’

From the Manila Bulletin:

The Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) aired support to the International Transport Workers’ Federation’s (ITF) move to protect seafarers from being tasked to carry out ‘cargo-lashing’ and ‘unlashing’ work, as securing of cargo is a dangerous work if done by untrained workers.

“Cargo lashing and unlashing […]

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Stranded Hanjin crew receives load of Christmas cheer that includes pig, tree, presents

The B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Victoria Filipino Canadian Association organized care packages for the crew, some of whom have been stuck on board the vessel for three and a half months after the shipping company Hanjin filed for bankruptcy in August. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl […]

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Unions stand at Standing Rock

Northwest Labor Press published this photo from the Standing Rock protest encampment with Isaiah Barnes of the Sioux nation, and Jamison Roberts and Steve Hunt of Vancouver ILWU Local 4.

Excerpts from Northwest Labor Press:

On Thanksgiving Day, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 4 put out a call for donations of cold […]

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Hanjin seafarers, still stuck on bankrupt ship, to receive holiday care packages

Hanjin Scarlet crew were able to take brief shore leave in September. Photo by Seafarers Mission Prince Rupert

From CBC/Radio-Canada

Care packages and carolers are on their way to the crew of the Hanjin Scarlet, some of whom have been stuck onboard their vessel in B.C. waters for three and a half months.

The […]

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MUA win battle for National Stevedoring Safety Code

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) is celebrating the release of a National Stevedoring Code of Practice (NSCOP) after a seven-year battle to improve safety standards on the waterfront.

The MUA had engaged in an intensive lobbying effort over many years, in the face of opposition from well-resourced stevedores, peak bodies such as the Australian […]

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Politico: ‘Trump launches war on unions’

Politico reports that ‘The president-elect seems to be assembling a pro-business Cabinet that could clash with unions at every turn.’

Excerpts from Politico:

The war between Donald Trump and the nation’s labor unions is on.

Labor leaders, who spent tens of millions of dollars campaigning against Trump, said after the election they’d give him […]

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OSHA cites SSA for violations after fatal fall of ILWU member Jimmie Meadows

Our hearts are still broken from losing our brother in June. From an article titled ‘Washington Marine Cargo Handling Company Cited for Willful Safety Violations After Worker’s Fatal Fall’:

Jimmie Meadows, March 3, 1968 – June 25, 2016

For longshoremen who load and offload timber in the upper Northwest, every ship that sails into port […]

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Trump’s Transportation pick Chao ‘hostile to unions, hostile to all workers’

Elaine Chao was deputy secretary of transportation in the administration of George H.W. Bush and she headed the Labor Department under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009. She is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican.

Excerpts from ”Transport pick Chao gets conservatives’ praise, labor criticism” in Bloomberg:

President-elect […]

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ZPMC boosts cranes to work big ships at Port of Los Angeles

American Shipper reports that APMT’s cranes currently can reach across the deck of 13,000-TEU vessels to load and unload containers. The upgrade will allow the facility to handle 20,000-TEU vessels.

Excerpts from American Shipper:

ZPMC, the Chinese manufacturer of massive ship-to-shore cranes used at container terminals around the world, is in the process of […]

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ILWU solidarity helps Hanjin seafarers defend their right to shore leave

Chinese crew members from the Hanjin Seattle celebrate their shore leave. Customs officials changed their policy after solidarity efforts from the ILWU and support from lawmakers in Washington.

Crewmembers on foreign flagged vessels arriving at West Coast ports have frequently sought help from ILWU members and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) inspectors.

“Sometimes we […]

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Worker dies after driving into canal in heavy rains during auto job in Belgium

Very sad news from Belgium, translated from a Dutch report. Rest in Peace, brother. An Injury to One is an Injury to All.

At the port of Zeebrugge, a man has died after he drove into the water with his car. The accident happened around 6:25 pm near the Alfred Ronsestraat.

It’s believed he […]

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Ship docked for 3 years; sailors claim they’re unpaid

Controversy dogs the cargo ship Dutch Runner, docked for three years off the coast of Nova Scotia.

From the Chronicle Herald:

After three years of sitting unmanned and empty at the Port Hawkesbury pier, and after a dust-up between the new crew, its union and the ship’s owners, the 84-metre bulk carrier Dutch Runner […]

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead, Schumer tells labor leaders

The Senate’s soon-to-be top Democrat told labor leaders Thursday that the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade deal at the center of President Obama’s “pivot” to strengthen ties with key Asian allies, will not be ratified by Congress.

That remark from Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is expected to be the incoming Senate minority leader, came […]

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Unions to face pro-business Presidency, Congress, Supreme Court and NLRB

From an article titled ‘Unions brace for pro-business shift in labor policy under Trump’ by Reuters:

Trump’s victory means a conservative Supreme Court and Republicans controlling Congress, the NLRB, and agencies that govern union and workers’ rights.

Unions in the United States face sweeping changes to labor law and regulations under a new Republican administration […]

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