Crewmembers on foreign flagged vessels arriving at West Coast ports have frequently sought help from ILWU members and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) inspectors.
“Sometimes we [...]
The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today described the refusal of shore leave to seafarers on board Hanjin ships in the USA as a denial of human rights – and praised the actions of dockers in Seattle who have drawn the problem to public attention.
The issue was revealed when a visit to the chartered [...]
Excerpts from the Puget Sound Business Journal:
Seattle waterfront leaders expressed delight and surprise Tuesday that the Seattle City Council has thwarted plans to build a basketball arena next door to the Port of Seattle’s busiest cargo terminal.
“People are happy, everyone’s in a pretty good mood today,” said John Persak, vice president of the [...]
From KING 5:
The ILWU Local 19 issued a sharply worded statement on Tuesday, criticizing an SDOT and mayoral recommendation to eliminate a SoDo street for a new sports arena.
The statement says the “recommendation really doesn’t mean much more than the mayor punting a dying SoDo arena deal to the new City Council.”
From the Seattle Times:
Seattle taxpayers would subsidize the proposed new sports arena in Sodo to the tune of $731 million over 32 years, according to a financial analysis commissioned by an opponent group.
The group, Sonics Without Subsidies, threatened to sue if Mayor-elect Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council don’t revise the agreement [...]
Excerpts from an article titled ‘Seattle mayor snubs Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling fleet’:
Local officials are trying to stop Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling fleet from docking at Seattle’s harbor for the summer, saying that current arrangements go against the port terminal’s land-use permit.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the current contract between the Port of Seattle [...]
The Seattle Times reports:
For the last four months while dockworkers and their employers blamed each other for congestion at West Coast ports, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) reported the average wage for union members was $147,000, but the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) disputed it.
It turns out it was a little [...]
Excerpts from the Columbian:
Union workers who handle cargo at grain export terminals in Vancouver and other Northwest ports have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with several multinational grain companies, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union said Tuesday. The tally was 88.4 percent in favor, with 1,475 in favor and 193 [...]
News release from the International Transport Workers’ Federation:
United States longshore workers who load grain in Pacific Northwest export terminals voted on 26 August to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with several multinational grain companies.
ITF affiliate the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) had accused the global grain giants of attacking an 80-year-old [...]
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