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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.

Vallejo City Manager says cement proposal appeal will be heard in council chambers

[Note: ILWU Local 10 has joined with community members in opposing the proposed cement plant and export dock in Vallejo.]

From the Vallejo Times-Herald:

Vallejo City Manager Daniel Keen issued a statement last week confirming a series of council meetings — called to hear an appeal of a proposed project in south Vallejo — […]

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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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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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Longshore worker hospitalized after containers collapse at Port of Oakland

From NBC Bay Area:

A longshore worker at the Port of Oakland was taken to a hospital Sunday after he was rescued from a vehicle trapped underneath two containers, a port spokesman confirmed.

Just before 9 a.m., firefighters responded to the 1700 block of Middle Harbor Road, the Oakland Fire Department told the East Bay […]

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Talking with … Harvey Schwartz, a historian who supports workers

Labor historian Harvey Schwartz

Excerpts from J Weekly’s interview with Harvey Schwartz, labor historian and honorary curator at the ILWU International Library:

J Weekly: What’s the importance of the ILWU to the Bay Area?

Harvey Schwartz: After unions were suppressed nationally in the 1920s, it was longshoremen who turned that around in the ’30s […]

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Port of San Francisco welcomes Pasha Automotive Services to Pier 80

The ILWU Local 10 Drill Team performed August 22, 2016 at the inauguration of the Pasha terminal at Pier 80 in San Francisco.

First ship calls to unload automobiles and boats transforming Pier 80 from an underutilized asset to a thriving marine terminal

The Port of San Francisco today welcomed Pasha Automotive Services (PAS), […]

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Longtime ILWU Local 10 President Cleophas Williams mourned

Our condolences are with the family and friends of Brother Williams. Excerpts from San Francisco BayView:

Cleophas Williams, ILWU Local 10

Cleophas Williams, 93, of Oakland, California, passed away peacefully on June 24, 2016. He was born June 12, 1923, to John Henry and Bertha Williams in Camden, Arkansas. He attended Booker T. Washington High […]

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ILWU Drill Team showered Capt. Josh Williams with 'love and appreciation' at 50-year anniversary

Josh Williams, ILWU Drill Team Captain, donned an orange suit for the celebration. ILWU Local 10’s Drill Team and friends celebrated the group’s 50 years of solidarity and union culture in April 2016.

Published in the May 2016 issue of The Dispatcher:

Local 10 Drill Team members rolled out the red carpet to honor […]

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ILWU to gain auto, break bulk jobs at San Francisco's Pier 80

From an article titled ‘Auto importer to help Pier 80 roar back to life’ in the San Francisco Chronicle:

For the first time in years, San Francisco’s Pier 80 will revert to its intended purpose: a working cargo terminal.

The Port of San Francisco has reached a deal with Pasha Automotive Services, which will […]

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Port of Oakland terminal reopens after Monday closure

Excerpts from American Shipper:

Craig Merrilees, a spokesman for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, told American Shipper 22 longshoremen at the Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) were dismissed by SSA Marine after they arrived for work at the regular starting time stipulated in their contract instead of earlier as the company wanted. An additional […]

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U.S. Labor Secretary appoints ILWU Local 10 president to safety advisory group

The U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has issued the following news release including Ed Ferris, a Local 10 longshoreman who serves on the Safety Committee and was recently elected president of Local 10 in San Francisco/Oakland:

Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez appoints 15 members to Maritime Advisory Committee for […]

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Oakland coal terminal becomes a political flash point

From the Wall Street Journal:

A proposal that could make this city a gateway for Utah coal to be shipped overseas has become a political flash point and put pressure on Gov. Jerry Brown, a former mayor known for his warnings on climate change, to come out against the project.

But the idea of coal […]

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Coal-shipping plan divides Oakland over health, jobs issues

Several ILWU representatives spoke against coal exports — but in favor of other bulk products — at the Oakland City Council on Sept 21. Katrina Booker, ILWU Local 10 longshorewoman, said she’d seen the negative health effects of coal and that developers should instead export cleaner, safer cargoes from the terminal.

Opposition to coal is […]

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Port of Oakland status: labor shortage gone, ‘ships are working’

From a Port of Oakland news release:

A summer-long labor shortage hampering Port of Oakland operations is over. Now it’s time to improve efficiency and speed up the flow of cargo. That was the goal here yesterday as a Port Efficiency Task Force met for the second time.

Hundreds of new dockworkers have joined the […]

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