Father Jeremy Lucas said he doesn’t hate the people who run United Grain but that he feels sorry and pity for them. ”Hate gets us nowhere,” he said. Lucas also called on the Port of Vancouver and on the city of Vancouver to repent their sins, including the city’s sin of choosing to send [...]
Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:
The chief negotiator for waterfront employers on the West Coast is optimistic that the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union will reach a contract agreement this summer without a strike or lockout.
PMA President Jim McKenna predicted that an agreement will be reached in mid [...]
ILWU Local 4 Dispatcher Troy Olson has 44 fewer jobs to dispatch to the union’s membership since Mitsui-United Grain locked out workers last year. Photo by Zachary Kaufman, The Columbian.
From the Columbian:
ILWU member Marcel DeBord says his family has been hit hard by the lockout. He looks for work at the [...]
APM Terminals Bahrain, and the operator of Khalifa Bin Salman Port, recently signed a three year Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Port Workers Union, valid from 2014 to 2017.
Speaking at the signing, Mr. Marco Neelsen, Chief Executive Officer of APM Terminals Bahrain said: “We will continue to invest in the well-being of our employees [...]
Chilean docks militarized, January 2014.
Workers say the government gives military support to private concessionaire’s strikebreakers
It’s been nearly two weeks that ports across Chile have been paralyzed over a demand for back pay. HispanTV was in San Antonio, the most important port in Chile, where private concessionaires have gotten the government to [...]
From IAM District 751 leadership to its members:
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
If you have not already heard, we want to let you know that the International is forcing a vote on Boeing’s latest proposal on January 3, 2014.
Due to the massive takeaways, your District 751 leadership is united with a recommendation that you [...]
Striking Nestle worker and union organizer Oscar López Triviño was shot by multiple paramilitaries in Colombia this week.
Our condolences go out to Mr. López’ family, friends and colleagues. Nuestras condolencias a los familiares, compañeros de trabajo y amigos del señor López.
Oscar López Triviño was murdered on November 9 in the Colombian city [...]
Locked-out ILWU members and supporters have taken their message to the water. Union members have been locked out by Japanese corporations Marubeni and Mitsui. Photo by ILWU Local 4
Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:
A federal judge has found the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in civil contempt of court for ignoring an [...]
Workers at the Port of Baltimore are back on the job after striking last week.
Longshoremen at the port went on strike last week after contract negotiations stalled Tuesday. Three other unions representing port workers joined the strike.
The Port of Baltimore said late Friday that management and the longshoremen agreed to a 90-day cool [...]
Exploiting Taft-Hartley loopholes, the grain elevators created shell companies to try and conceal their own involvement at the spud barges. The Union believes that restricting water pickets violates free speech rights. Photo by OPB.
A U.S. District Court judge issued a preliminary ruling Tuesday ordering the ILWU to cease picketing of Tidewater’s spud barges until [...]
Gov. Jay Inslee
”We know that common ground can be met with good faith bargaining as shown by the TEMCO agreement and hope similar negotiations and progress can be made here. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of resolving this issue.”
– Gov. Jay Inslee, WA
ILWU Local 4 President Cager [...]
From the Handy Shipping Guide:
”We see this over and over again –- domestic security organisations such as the Coast Guard, which is funded by taxpayer dollars, used to protect foreign companies to the detriment of the American worker.” — Leal Sundet, ILWU Coast Committeeman
Our earlier stories make it plain that, as an official [...]
Marubeni-Columbia Grain at the Port of Portland
Calls on Marubeni to immediately end lockout at Columbia Grain
Longshore workers who are locked out by a foreign corporation at the Port of Portland recently got a boost of solidarity from fellow union members across the state. The Oregon AFL-CIO executive board unanimously voted to pass [...]
No deal, no work. That’s the ultimatum from hundreds of works in charge of sailing Matson ships to the state.
The clock is ticking for the company and crewmembers to reach a new contract. But with 10 days left, the union says talks are severely stalled.
Sailors and Marine firemen are putting the pressure on [...]