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.

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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Donald Trump is moving to the White House, and liberals put him there

”There was Joe Biden, with his powerful plainspoken style, and there was Bernie Sanders, an inspiring and largely scandal-free figure. Each of them would probably have beaten Trump, but neither of them would really have served the interests of the party insiders.” — Thomas Frank

Note: The ILWU International Executive Board endorsed Bernie Sanders [...]

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NLRB ruling: Trump violating federal labor law

”We don’t get an annual raise, we have to pay for our health insurance, and we have no retirement. I’m not making enough to give my kids a better future,” said Trump employee Maria Jaramillo. The workers at the Trump International Hotel — more than 80 percent of whom are immigrants and more than [...]

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Longshore workers and families: Here’s where to cast your vote

We all know it: It’s critical to turn in our votes this year. Remind your friends and family to vote as well!

Find your polling place or ballot drop box in:

ALASKA CALIFORNIA HAWAII OREGON WASHINGTON Another state

An Injury to One is an Injury to All.

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PMA and ILWU convene talks in San Francisco, agree to return

The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) met on November 1st in San Francisco, where discussions were held on the concept of a contract extension.

Both parties agreed to resume talks at a future date to be mutually agreed upon.

The current collective bargaining agreement covering 29 west coast ports [...]

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Trump dislikes labor unions, thinks wages are too high

Trump vows to cut taxes for American workers, but his proposals would actually raise taxes for millions of middle-class Americans, while disproportionately reducing levies on the rich and real estate developers like himself.

From an article titled ‘Trump talks tough, but his policies might do little to help America’s workers’ by renowned labor reporter [...]

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Mistreatment of crew on sub-standard ship leads to detention

A vessel which had already been detained following a Port State Control inspection by MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) surveyors in Cardiff, Wales, has been issued with a further detainable deficiency notice after it was discovered the crew had not been paid for many months.

“The state of the vessel is bad enough from a [...]

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