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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.

Spanish Dockers Make Gains in Labor Negotiations

From Maritime Executive:

On Thursday, stevedores’ unions in Spain called off the strikes that they had scheduled for Friday and Monday in order to resume talks with the Spanish port employers association, Anesco. The dockers want firm guarantees against layoffs in exchange for a ten percent pay cut, but after weeks of labor actions, Anesco […]

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Australian unions take up ICTSI dockworkers case with Indonesian Minister

The Indonesian Government is coming under pressure to intervene in a major industrial dispute developing with port operator ICTSI after Australian unions protested and delivered a joint letter to the Indonesian Minister for National Development Planning Bambang Brodjonegoro in Canberra today.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and local Indonesian union FBTPI organised the protest […]

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Owners and unions at loggerheads in Spain

From Port Strategy:

The general assembly of the Spanish owners’ association Anesco has voted against accepting a pre-agreement reached with stevedoring unions, claiming it is anti-competitive and in breach of proposed new government legislation, which the unions oppose.

A new proposal will be sent to the trade unions today.

Despite its rejection of the trade […]

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Longshoremen donate generously to BC Children's Hospital

ILWU Longshoremen donate generously to BC Children’s Hospital

From Surrey, BC newspaper The Link:

The generosity of the local longshore union hit a record high. ILWU 502, based in Surrey, raised $52,502 for the BC Children’s Hospital this year. The union serves the ports of Fraser Surrey Docks, Deltaport and Wes-shore coal Terminals. The […]

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Madagascar dockworkers protest at Parliament as global union warns Africa against partnering with ICTSI

The plight of the Malagasy 43 – dockworkers sacked in Madagascar for standing up for their rights – has reached the highest levels of the Madgascan Government with protests at Parliament and meetings scheduled with Government to try and resolve the dispute.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and local Madagascan union SYGMMA will be […]

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DP World under union microscope

From Port Strategy:

The International Transport Workers’ Federation is to target standards at DP World terminals around the world.

Standards in health and safety, automation and contract labour will be targeted through a newly formed global union alliance formed of 17 unions based in DP World terminals.

The ITF has made this initiative a priority […]

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Strikes cripple Spanish ports

From Politico:

Spain’s more than 6,000 stevedores went on strike Monday, paralyzing the country’s 39 cargo ports, after workers and company bosses failed to agree on job protections following an EU-mandated liberalization of port services.

Nearly all the highly-unionized dockworkers took part in the walkouts, according to the government and the workers.

Prime Minister Mariano […]

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ITF unions stand in solidarity with Spanish dockers

ITF news release:

June 5, 2017: ITF dockers have unanimously offered their solidarity and practical support to dockers in Spain who are on strike.

ITF and ETF affiliates have unanimously passed an emergency motion during their section conference in Cape Town.

Comisiones Obreras and UGT members walked out at 8am this morning (Monday […]

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Vallejo council delays decision on cement mill, terminal

ILWU Local 10 opposes the cement export dock proposal in Vallejo, CA. “ILWU Local 10 supports the citizens of Vallejo in their opposition to the proposed Vallejo Marine Terminal project,” said Local 10 Predient Ed Ferris, right. “It would be quite irresponsible to support this proposed project at the expense of the health of […]

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Port of Los Angeles and GE's 'digitized maritime shipping' partnership launches

GE Transportation has issued a news release on the project, excerpted here:

Last November, GE Transportation and the Port of Los Angeles announced a partnership to develop a first-of-its-kind digital solution to keep cargo flowing efficiently through America’s largest container port. Since, the partners have been working together to build a platform that digitizes maritime […]

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ITF reveals international supply chain agreement threat

From Port Technology:

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), a global trade union federation, has deemed an international agreement a risk for maritime workers and citizens due to the potential impacts of companies in the transport industry gaining too much power.

In a campaign launch announcement against the agreement, the ITF accused the European Union […]

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Vallejo residents and ILWU Local 10 agree: No to cement proposal

ILWU Local 10 President Ed Ferris and Vice President Melvin MacKay step up to the mic with Peter Brooks of Fresh Air Vallejo to oppose the Orcem cement plant proposal in Vallejo, California, on May 10.

Excerpts from KGO News:

Residents in Vallejo are protesting a plan to build a cement factory and deep-water […]

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ILWU Local 10 announces opposition to Vallejo cement factory and marine terminal

Adapted from a Fresh Air Vallejo news release:

The powerful San Francisco-based International Longshore and Warehouse Union 10 has announced its strong opposition to the proposed Orcem Cement Factory and Vallejo Marine Terminal.

The project was rejected by the Vallejo planning commission in late February. The full Vallejo City Council is expected to vote […]

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Former S.C. police officer pleads guilty in fatal shooting caught on video

From the Washington Post:

The victim, Walter Scott, comes from a Longshoring family in Charleston, S.C., and has several relatives in ILA Local 1422.

The former South Carolina police officer caught on video opening fire at a black man who was running away pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal civil rights charge, authorities said.

Michael […]

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Thousands of people in US rally against Trump, for workers

Excerpts from the Associated Press:

Thousands of people chanted, picketed and marched on cities across America as May Day demonstrations raged against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

Police in Oakland, California, arrested at least four activists who chained themselves together to block a county building. Despite the California clash, the initial rounds of nationwide protests […]

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