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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.

Federal mediator to help West Coast ports contract dispute

From the Associated Press:

A federal mediator is getting involved in stalled contract talks between West Coast dockworkers and their employers.

Political and financial pressure has been building as each side blamed the other for the slow movement of billions of dollars of cargo across the docks at 29 seaports that are a vital trade […]

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ILWU, PNW grain terminals reach tentative agreement

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

An ILWU spokeswoman said each local will vote on the agreement according to its own rules, and the results will be announced on Aug. 25.

The grain contract is separate from the coastwide contract negotiations between the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association that have been underway since May […]

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FMCS Statement on Tentative Agreement Between the ILWU and Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers

From the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Scot L. Beckenbaugh, Acting Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), issued the following statement today on a tentative agreement reached just prior to midnight (PST) last evening between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Northwest Grain Companies.

“After engaging […]

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USMX members ratify new 6-year master contract

USMX has issued the following news release:

Vote Concludes 13 Months of Negotiations with Longshoremen

NEWARK, N.J. (April 17, 2013) — After more than a year of bargaining, members of the United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd. (USMX) voted today to ratify a new six-year Master Contract with the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA). The approval came […]

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Port deal reached between longshoremen and East Coast shippers

The federal mediator who twice succeeded in extending contract talks as strike deadlines loomed issued a statement today praising Daggett and USMX Chairman James Capo for coming to terms.

The USMX and the ILA issued a joint statement in which Capo said he was “obviously pleased,” by the agreement. Daggett was quoted as calling it, […]

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FMCS statement on ILA-USMX tentative agreement

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service’s announcement on the tentative ILA-USMX master agreement is available in pdf format on ILA’s web site and below:

Update on United States Maritime Alliance And International Longshoremen’s Association Labor Negotiations

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George H. Cohen issued the following statement today on […]

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ILA, Employers Resume Local Bargaining

From the Journal of Commerce:

Negotiations are resuming this week at East and Gulf Coast ports on local agreements that supplement the coastwide master contract between the International Longshoremen’s Association and its employers.

The ILA and United States Maritime Alliance tentatively agreed Friday night on a six-year master contract. … The ILA-USMX coastwide agreement is […]

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ILA, USMX Move Closer to Deal

From today’s Journal of Commerce:

The International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance appear to be moving closer to an agreement that would keep East and Gulf Coast ports open after the current dockworker contract expires at midnight Wednesday.

Negotiators met into the night Thursday and reportedly exchanged contract proposals that were to be […]

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ILA-USMX Talks Continue

From Tuesday’s Journal of Commerce:

The International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance held a full day of contract negotiations Tuesday and planned to continue their federally mediated bargaining Wednesday.

No details were available on the substance of the negotiations, which are being overseen by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

A 20-member ILA […]

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ILA and USMX agree to contract extension

News release from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service:

Statement by FMCS Director George H. Cohen On United States Maritime Alliance And International Longshoremen’s Association Labor Negotiations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “I am extremely pleased to announce that the parties have reached the agreements set forth below as a result of a mediation session conducted […]

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FMCS: Update on Labor Negotiations Between PNW Grain Handlers and ILWU Locals 4, 8, 19 & 23

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service sent the following news release this afternoon:

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Contact: John Arnold, Director of Public Affairs, (202) 606-8100 Web site: www.fmcs.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At the request of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), the parties met Tuesday and Wednesday. At the […]

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Grain labor dispute to go back to mediation

The labor dispute between the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union is headed back to mediation this week, following the passing of a 5 p.m. Saturday deadline set by grain terminal operators without a new labor contract.

The grain handlers’ association released the following statement through its spokesman, Pat […]

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Port clerical workers settle strike after securing good jobs with outsourcing controls

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 CONTACTS: Craig Merrilees 510-774-5325, Roy San Filippo 213-221-5712

LOS ANGELES, CA — Four hundred and fifty office clerical workers ended their one-week strike to secure good jobs for working families in the harbor community by winning new protections that will help prevent jobs from being outsourced to Texas, […]

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Crippling strike at LA ports ends; deal reached

The Associated Press reported today on the end of the Office Clerical Unit’s strike at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach:

“I’m really pleased to tell all of you that my 10,000 longshore workers in the ports of LA and Long Beach are going to start moving cargo on these ships,” said Ray […]

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Update on Labor Negotiations Between the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers and ILWU Locals 4, 8, 19 & 23

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service issued this news release Friday evening:

At the request of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), the parties have agreed to continue negotiations under our auspices. Due to the sensitivity of this high profile dispute and consistent with the Agency’s longstanding practice, we will not disclose either the […]

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