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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.

Scheduled events could push ILWU talks into August

From yesterday’s Journal of Commerce:

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union today completed its two-day caucus in San Francisco, and the union will resume contract negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association on Wednesday. … Contract negotiations will resume Wednesday and will continue for the rest of this week, but the talks will recess again on [...]

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Dockworkers plan to resume negotiations Wednesday

From The Columbian:

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association said in a joint statement Friday that they would engage in negotiations on a long-standing labor dispute with grain terminal operators in the Pacific Northwest.

The statement was included in a news release stating that the two parties are taking [...]

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PMA and ILWU Provide Update on Contract Talks

Click to download news release; text below

SAN FRANCISCO (July 18, 2014) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) today issued the following statement:

After several days of ongoing talks, both parties will break from negotiations next Monday and Tuesday in order for the ILWU to convene [...]

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ILWU talks to recess Monday for union caucus

Contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association will recess beginning Monday for a previously scheduled union caucus.

It is not unusual for the ILWU to call caucuses from time to time, although next week’s meetings “will certainly cover the contract negotiations,” ILWU spokesman Craig Merrilees said.

Caucus members [...]

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Ship’s seafaring crew in Long Beach, CA organize picket line to protest outlaw employer; request support from the ITF and ILWU

Twenty-one crewmembers serving on the Liberian-flagged vessel Vega-Reederei have organized a picket line at the Port of Long Beach, CA, to protest their employer’s failure to pay workers for up to four months of back wages. Abuses of seafaring crew are common in the global shipping industry, and workers often hail from low-wage counties with [...]

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West Coast ports remain open as ILWU continues negotiations for new deal

From the NW Labor Press: Though the six-year union contract between International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the multi-employer Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) expired July 1, union members continue to load and unload ships on West Coast ports. Neither side is publicly discussing progress in the talks, which have been under way since [...]

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Japan says Trans-Pacific Partnership regional free trade talks agree broadly on labour, health issues

Pacific trade talks have reached broad agreement on labour issues and sanitary and phytosanitary standards but some difficult aspects remain to be tackled, Japan’s chief negotiator said on Saturday.

Chief Japanese negotiator Koji Tsuruoka said the 12 member nations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) made progress at talks in Ottawa but there was no discussion [...]

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Trucker strike at LA/LB ports ends; harbor commission will investigate allegations

More than a 120 striking truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach voted to return to work Friday, ending a five-day protest that briefly halted cargo flows at the ports, organizers said. The drivers decided late Friday to end their job action against three firms they accuse of widespread workplace violations. [...]

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ITF condemns Gaza airstrikes and launches appeal to aid victims

More than 170 civilians have been killed in Gaza in six days of continuous air strikes including many children; more than 1,000 have been injured. Thousands of families have had to flee their homes. Seen here is a woman wearing a mask, holding her son as she stands outside her levelled house in Gaza, [...]

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Reality check: May US imports rise on West Coast port labor talks

Containerized import volume to the U.S. swelled at many major ports in May from April as retailers sought to outrun potential port disruption ahead of the July 1 expiration of a key West Coast port labor contract, according to port officials and maritime experts.

Several thorny contract issues remain, observers said, and importing retailers were [...]

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Citizens’ group concerned about secrecy around Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks in Ottawa

The Council of Canadians, a concerned citizens’ group, is sounding the alarm over what it says is too much government secrecy on a round of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks currently being held in Ottawa.

Trade officials from the 12 TPP countries are meeting behind closed doors in Ottawa from July 3-12. It’s believed at least [...]

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Maritime union radio ads take on Northwest grain lockout

Mitsui-United Grain and Marubeni-Columbia Grain are operating with scab labor during the multinationals’ lockout of ILWU workers. Pictured here: Scab barge at UGC in Vancouver, WA.

Ads by Masters, Mates & Pilots and the Inlandboatmen’s Union ‘allege safety, environmental risks brought on by lockout by grain companies,’ reports the Columbian:

Two maritime unions said [...]

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MUNZ: TraPac supervisors screamed at crew to 'wash the blood off the deck and carry on' after LA fatality

The following letter was sent this morning from Joe Fleetwood, our union brother and National Secretary of the Maritime Union of New Zealand, to Frank Pisano, Executive Vice President of TraPac regarding a fatality on a ship in Los Angeles. Download the original letter by clicking on the graphic, or scroll down to read the [...]

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FMCS Statement on Labor Negotiations Between the ILWU and Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service issued the following statement today on the labor negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Northwest grain handlers:

“Negotiators for the Grain Group and the ILWU met on July 8 and 9 under the auspices of the FMCS. Negotiations have recessed and [...]

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Longshore union shifts focus to Northwest grain handlers talks

ILWU members on the picket line during grain lockout. Photo by the Oregonian.

Negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, whose members operate West Coast ports, are on a three-day break so the union can negotiate with a group of Northwest grain handlers.

The union is bargaining with [...]

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