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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.

ILWU will appeal NLRB ruling

From an article titled ‘Federal labor board rules longshoremen intentionally slowed work, made threats in 2012’ in The Oregonian:

The National Labor Relations Board has once again ruled that longshoremen engaged in unfair labor practices during a 2012 dispute with the container-terminal operator at the Port of Portland.

But the three-year struggle is not […]

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Portland terminal ‘doesn’t have a labor problem; it has a management problem’

The Port of Portland has ten marine terminals, all of which are experiencing good labor relations except for the one operated by ICTSI.

From an article titled ‘Oregon Lawmakers Call For End To Port Labor Dispute’ on Oregon Public Broadcasting:

A bipartisan group of Oregon lawmakers issued a letter this week, calling for an […]

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Longshore union says terminal operator to blame for Hanjin's Portland departure

From the Portland Business Journal:

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union on Tuesday blamed ICTSI Oregon Inc. — the company hired to manage the Port of Portland’s sole container terminal — for the departure of the port’s largest shipping service, Hanjin Shipping.

“Hanjin’s stated departure from Portland rests solely on ICTSI’s inherent refusal and failure […]

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Port of Portland extends subsidies, ‘a waste of resources’ as ICTSI raises rates

Excerpts from the Capital Press article titled ”Port of Portland extends ocean carrier subsidies”:

The Port of Portland commission voted on Dec. 10 to pay up to $4 million in subsidies to Hanjin and other carriers, which are at risk of avoiding the facility due to slow container movements.

The subsidies were approved over the […]

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ICTSI 'using NLRB as a hammer on working people in the U.S.'

Handy Shipping Guide, a UK-based media outlet, published an article this morning called ‘Reefer Shipping Container Argument at Port Leads to Freight Slowdown and Truck and Trailer Delays; Ongoing Labour Dispute ‘Will Go On For Years’. Excerpts:

Problems with management began shortly after Philippines-based ICTSI took over the Port of Portland’s container terminal operations […]

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Six workers hurt in protest vs ICTSI's armed guards in Manila

The daughter of a union leader reports her father was hit in the face with a truncheon, also known as a billy club, while peacefully handing out fliers at ICTSI’s terminal in Manila. ICTSI is the private terminal operator that’s behind ongoing problems at Portland’s Terminal 6. Honduran union dockworkers have reported violence at […]

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Shipping container terminal operator ICTSI penalised for Health and Safety issues

From the United Kingdom comes this report in the Handy Shipping Guide:

The longstanding dispute between the longshoremen who work in the Port of Portland and employers simmers on, and the latest development will doubtless engender an ‘I told you so’ from the dock workers who are employed at the ICTSI Oregon container shipping terminal […]

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Troubled Port of Portland container Terminal 6 shuts after longshore-security officer altercation

Excerpts from The Oregonian:

The Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 shut down again Wednesday, this time after a verbal altercation between container-yard employees and longshore workers.

“Today ICTSI and Port supervisors threatened top loader drivers with physical violence, showing once again that ICTSI and the Port are working in collusion against union members,” said ILWU […]

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Honduran longshoremen locked out by ICTSI picket Portland terminal

Honduran dockworkers have suffered massive job losses, violence and militarization of their cargo terminal since ICTSI took over operations at Puerto Cortes in 2013.

PORTLAND, OR (MARCH 4, 2014) – On Tuesday, March 4, Central American port workers from the labor union Sindicato Gremial de Trabajadores del Muelle (SGTM) from Puerto Cortés in Honduras […]

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Longshore workers honor Honduran picket line at Port of Portland

Honduran dockworkers have suffered massive job losses, violence and militarization of their cargo terminal since ICTSI took over operations at Puerto Cortes in 2013.

This Associated Press article was published in news outlets in Oregon, Washington, California, Texas, Indiana and beyond:

Labor turmoil continues at the Port of Portland as longshoreman refused to cross […]

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Longshore union says review requested by Kitzhaber of Port of Portland cargo operations will be tainted

Excerpts from The Oregonian:

The West Coast longshore union is blasting a review requested by Gov. John Kitzhaber of conditions at the Port of Portland’s container terminal before it even gets started.

The timing and nature of the longshore statement, which describes the Port’s probe as a case of “the fox guarding the hen house,” […]

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Port of Portland Commission urges grain employers, union to reach agreement

Click on the image to download a PDF of the letter.

On January 15, Port of Portland Commissioners wrote a letter urging the employers to reach a grain agreement with the ILWU

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Gov. Kitzhaber resolves part of Port of Portland labor dispute

Excerpts from the Portland Tribune:

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has brokered a partial deal to end the labor dispute at the shipping terminals at the Port of Portland.

On Thursday the Governor’s Office said that the longstanding work assignment conflict over “refrigerated container” work at Terminal 6 has been resolved. According to the office, […]

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ILWU asks building trades to not cross picket line at Mitsui-United Grain today

The following letter was sent from the ILWU’s Puget Sound District Council President Dan McKisson regarding work that the Port of Vancouver has contracted for today, June 28, through Wednesday, July 3. The original letters Brother McKisson refers to are available at these links:

Port of Vancouver attorney’s June 26 letter to ILWU announcing work […]

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Longshore union files federal lawsuit, seeks arbitration

Excerpts from the Oregonian:

Local 40 is asking a judge to order Columbia Grain, also known as Willamette Stevedoring, to enter arbitration with the union, says the lawsuit, dated Tuesday.

The federal lawsuit says Local 40 filed a grievance Jan. 21 challenging lost work under their contract. “Specifically,” the lawsuit says, “the Union alleged that […]

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