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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.

Global shipping giant Maersk is reeling from ransomware fallout

From Reuters:

Global shipping is still feeling the effects of a cyber attack that hit A.P. Moller-Maersk [three] days ago, showing the scale of the damage a computer virus can unleash on the technology dependent and inter-connected industry.

The cyber attack was among the biggest-ever disruptions to hit global shipping. Several port terminals run by […]

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Tacoma Longshoremen and Pensioners’ gift sends 5th-graders to camp

From Key Peninsula News:

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Emily Reaney, 10, of Lakebay raised $5,000 for her fifth-grade class to attend a three-day, two-night Environmental Learning Class at Camp Seymour.

Emily’s grandfather, Roger Coleman, was a longshoreman in Tacoma for over 40 years and meets regularly with fellow International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23 members […]

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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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Back to 1916 Tacoma: Remembering shots fired and a bloody, failed strike

Bearing the caption, ”Fellow workers we are in jail for you. What are you doing for us?” this 1916 photograph depicts “The Terrible Ten,” a group of Tacoma longshore workers who were sent to McNeil Island federal penitentiary, where each man served an 18-month sentence after being convicted of toppling a Tacoma trolley occupied […]

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Workers back on the job after evacuation due to found dynamite at Port of Tacoma

From The News Tribune:

The Port of Tacoma evacuated the East Blair 1 dock Thursday morning after a worker found a stick of dynamite while cleaning mining equipment from Chile.

Workers returned to the job just before 1 p.m. Thursday after a trio of Washington State Patrol dogs searched the area, said Port of Tacoma […]

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Tacoma artist preparing a sculpture of founding ILWU president Harry Bridges

Sculptor Paul Michaels, second from left, listens to Local 23 longshoremen Jim Norton, left, Bill Connolly, center, and Ronald Magden, right, on what they’d like to see changed in the clay statue of Harry Bridges. One of the primary financial backers of the Bridges project — Emil Korjan, a former ILWU member who died […]

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Section of Washington Highway 509 named for Longshore activist Phil Lelli

From the News Tribune:

During the 2015 legislative session, Sen. Steve Conway (D-Tacoma), sponsored legislation requesting that the Washington State Transportation Commission rename the highway in honor of Lelli, pictured here.

Phil Lelli was a Tacoma longshoreman, philanthropist and union activist.

Now he’s being commemorated with a section of highway.

The Washington State Transportation Commission […]

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KING 5 reporter gains 'whole new respect' for longshore workers after crane tour

KING 5 reporter Alex Rozier reported this morning from a Port of Tacoma crane with ILWU Local 23 President Dean McGrath and ILWU crane operator Mike Hartman.

McGrath pointed out that “40% of Washington jobs are based in some form or fashion to this industry, and it’s important that we all recognize […]

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‘Seattle, Tacoma dockworkers earn less than reported average’

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 […]

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ILWU frustrated by shippers’ finger-pointing

Excerpts from The Stand’s interview with Dean McGrath, President of ILWU Local 23 at the Port of Tacoma:

“You have to be familiar with global shipping to understand a lot of this,” McGrath said. “When I explain it to reporters, their eyes just glaze over.”

For example, the chassis — the wheeled trailers used to […]

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Longshore members ratify contract with grain operators; WA governor welcomes news

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 […]

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Longshore workers’ grain agreement heralds return to work

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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Longshoremen ratify agreement, resume work at key northwest export terminals

Excerpts from Agri-Pulse:

“This new collective bargaining agreement is welcome news for the workers and the three grain facilities that are part of the Northwest Grain Agreement. It is also great news for Washington’s internationally acclaimed grain industry,” said Washington Governor Jay Inslee in a statement.

“I am grateful that the lockout’s disruption to the […]

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Longshore Workers’ Vote Ratifies NW Grain Agreement; Union Workers to Return to Jobs on Wednesday

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 26, 2014) – Longshore workers who load grain in Pacific Northwest export terminals have voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with several multinational grain companies. The vote included members of ILWU Local 8 in Portland, Ore., and Local 4 in Vancouver, Local 21 in Longview, Local 19 in Seattle, […]

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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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