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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.

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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Labor movement braces for three-front battle with Trump, Congress and courts

By Steven Greenhouse in The Guardian:

After spending tens of millions of dollars in hopes of electing Hillary Clinton, the labor movement fears that President-elect Donald Trump, the Republican-controlled Congress and the supreme court will be hostile to labor and take numerous steps to hobble unions.

These steps can range from appointing a National […]

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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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Beating Trump is personal, not just political, for Nevada unions

Culinary Workers Union member Annette De Campos (right) talks with a voter as De Campos canvasses a neighborhood in Las Vegas. Photo by Isaac Brekken

Excerpts from the San Francisco Chronicle:

To many Nevada union waitresses, housekeepers and bartenders, this campaign is more than another political race. It’s personal. They are fighting the boss.

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Violence against trade unionists remains rampant in Colombia

Colombian labor unions said the country’s authorities have failed to enforce worker protections and revealed that they are being threatened.

From Telesur TV:

Colombia has failed to enforce worker protections in a free trade agreement with the United States, U.S. and Colombian labor unions said on Monday.

In a complaint issued by the AFL-CIO […]

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TPP defeat: Why labor movement’s war against fast track may not be over

Excerpts from The […]

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AFL-CIO cuts off campaign money until trade battles are resolved

The AFL-CIO is not only lobbying against pending trade deals, it’s also suspending campaign contributions to members of Congress.

The union says it wants to “conserve resources for the historic legislative battle around fast track (trade promotion authority) and the debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”

Past trade deals “form a mountain of broken promises made […]

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Unions ready to battle against TPP trade deal

OBAMA AND GOP: The White House boasts GOP allies in pushing for the TPP, including House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. (shown here), and Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka put lawmakers on notice Tuesday that votes in favor of giving President Obama fast-track authority for a pending multilateral […]

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MTD Demands Defeat of Anti-Jones Act Amendment before Senate

The Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO is urging its affiliates and port councils to oppose an amendment being offered to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline legislation that would repeal a portion of the Jones Act. The overall legislation is being debated on the floor of the U.S. Senate at this time.

“This amendment has no place […]

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ICTSI, Honduran gov't persecute dockworkers after peaceful picket in Portland

Honduran authorities circulated this picture from the Oregonian in search of union dockworkers Carlos Alvarado, left, and Glen Galdames, as they picket outside Terminal 6 on March 4. Longshore workers walked off their jobs at the Port of Portland’s container terminal Tuesday in solidarity with the Hondurans, who are members of the SGTM union […]

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Post-Convention Rebuff on Obamacare

From Labor Notes:

AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka had hoped to avoid an embarrassing convention outbreak of public criticism of Obamacare. But irate labor leaders, mainly from unions with multi-employer (Taft-Hartley) health plans, insisted on having their say.

Delegates passed a compromise resolution detailing the “fixes” needed in the Affordable Care Act. Without these changes, union-negotiated […]

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Tunnel-digger Bertha heading back to work; ILWU will continue to fight for jobs

ILWU Local 19 pickets Seattle Tunnel Partners’ failure to abide by their written agreement to hire longshore workers for tunnel-related waterfront jobs. KREM photo.

Excerpts from the Seattle Times:

While protest signs have been removed, and the massive drill Bertha can resume its 14-month dig from Sodo to South Lake Union, the longshore […]

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Labor Notes: 'East Coast Longshore Union May Bolt Too'

From Labor Notes:

On the heels of the West Coast longshore union’s departure from the AFL-CIO, it appears the East Coast dockers may also be headed that way. “We had said for a while, if the ILWU left we probably would too,” said Ken Riley, a national vice president of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), […]

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AFL-CIO: No Solidarity Charters for ILWU

Excerpts from Labor Notes:

As the AFL-CIO prepares for a convention where leaders say the goal is unprecedented solidarity with organizations outside the labor movement, the federation is turning its back on some inside the house of labor. Leaders have ruled that locals of the West Coast Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) cannot seek “solidarity […]

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Longshore Union Quits the AFL-CIO

Excerpts from Labor Notes:

In an August 29 letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, ILWU President Robert McEllrath cited these ongoing juristictional battles as part of the union’s decision to disaffiliate. The skirmishes hit close to home: McEllrath comes out of Vancouver, Washington’s Local 4, where members of rival unions are crossing ILWU picket lines, […]

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