Excerpts from the Associated Press:
While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren’t close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired.
While work speed has been an issue in several major ports, so has an ongoing lack of [...]
DP World and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) have entered a second week of strikes and lockouts at each of the stevedoring company’s four terminals in Australia.
“This is a perfect opportunity for Mr Abbott to confound expectations and stand with Australian workers against a foreign-owned employer trying to remove their penalty rates,” MUA [...]
Buenavantura dockworkers – Black Lives Matter
Featured in Paso International:
A Declaration Supporting the Movement Against Racism from the Port Workers Union, Buenaventura, Colombia.
Black lives matter in Buenaventura!
December 13, 2014
Today we are proud to stand with our brothers and sisters across the United States and around the [...]
The Journal of Commerce reported on Tuesday:
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union today recessed the caucus that it opened on Monday as the union awaited a response from the Pacific Maritime Association on its latest contract proposal.
Last Thursday, the PMA presented a new contract offer to the ILWU. Union negotiators reviewed the proposal [...]
Santa joins leaders of European unions and thousands of longshore workers worldwide in supporting Rotterdam dockworkers.
Dockers from across Europe are joining their brothers and sisters at a rally in Rotterdam today (Wednesday 17 December) to protest against the impact of developments in the container sector at the port there. ITF-affiliated union FNV Havens [...]
Kevin Bracken, MUA Victorian secretary, confirmed workers would take to the streets. ”This is the biggest dispute since Patrick’s; it is the most industrial action since 1998,” he said. Mr Bracken said that Citibank would be targeted because DP World was being poorly run under its control.
Striking dock workers will march through city [...]
From the Journal of Commerce:
The “cromnibus” spending bill has produced something for practically everyone to hate, and at the top of the list for organized labor is a proposed amendment that could cut benefits for elderly retirees who draw their income from troubled multiemployer pension plans.
The proposal, introduced by Reps. John Kline, R-Minn., [...]
Excerpts from the Capital Press article titled ”Port of Portland extends ocean carrier subsidies”:
The Port of Portland commission voted on Dec. 10 to pay up to $4 million in subsidies to Hanjin and other carriers, which are at risk of avoiding the facility due to slow container movements.
The subsidies were approved over the [...]
Excerpts from The Stand’s interview with Dean McGrath, President of ILWU Local 23 at the Port of Tacoma:
“You have to be familiar with global shipping to understand a lot of this,” McGrath said. “When I explain it to reporters, their eyes just glaze over.”
For example, the chassis — the wheeled trailers used to [...]
The Maritime Union of Australia Sydney Branch wholeheartedly stands in solidarity with our ILWU Sisters and Brothers. The relationship between our two Unions stretches back decades and has been one built on a united effort to maintain and advance the working and living conditions of dockworkers in our respective countries and around the world.
From the Australian:
The Maritime Union of Australian has escalated strike action against DP World, as the union’s national secretary Paddy Crumlin accused the company of declaring war on its workforce.
In addition to strike action at company terminals in three states from today, the MUA said workers at the Port Botany terminal in [...]
The Maritime Union of Australia has voted to stop work at major container ports in Victoria and NSW.
Container handler DP World says there will be a 32-hour work stoppage at its Melbourne facility on Thursday, while its Sydney terminal will be stopped for 20 hours.
The company’s Fremantle port will stop work for four [...]
In an editorial called ”Powder keg at the ports,” the Journal of Commerce outlines the numerous factors of congestion at West Coast and global ports. Excerpts:
For some, one-time factors such as the Manila truck restrictions and West Coast longshore negotiations can be dismissed as events that create short-term disruption, but, in fact, those two [...]
From the Coos Bay World:
Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union [Local 12] are continuing the fight against Southport Lumber Co.
Members of the union gathered on Thursday morning, set up pickets outside the gates of Southport and had members picketing in boats on the bay.
Jill Jacobson, the secretary/treasurer for the union [...]
In addition to recent solidarity letters from dockworker unions in Germany, New Zealand, the European Union, Japan, and around the world, more letters have been sent to PMA President and CEO Jim McKenna — this time from Yong Soo Chi, President of the Korean Federation of Port Workers’ Union (KFPTWU), and Vasilii Kozarenko, Chairman of [...]