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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.

Kalama Export dockworkers rally for better benefits

ILWU Local 21 members were joined by longshoremen from West Coast ports at KEX. Photo by JJ Burkey, ILWU Local 21 member

Excerpts from The Daily News:

Wearing orange shirts with slogans calling for “equal benefits,” about 300 longshoremen marched at the Port of Kalama Wednesday to draw attention to stalled labor talks […]

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‘No taxpayer money to eliminate American jobs’ in port CEO search

Excerpts from ‘Who will head Long Beach’s port?’ in the Press-Telegram:

This week the board running the Long Beach port interviewed seven finalists in hopes of finding the nation’s second-busiest container port’s next CEO. … One of the largest players is the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the union representing dockworkers.

“We want the […]

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Sanders steps up push for ‘moral economy’

”You divide everyone up, and you know what happens?” Sanders asked. ”The rich get richer, and everyone else gets poorer.” Sen. Bernie Sanders wearing ILWU jacket at rally in Southern California, May 2016

From the Los Angeles Daily News:

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 30-minute speech before a crowd of about 1,000 mostly union dock workers […]

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Port of Los Angeles accident claims life of ILWU Local 63 marine clerk

Our profound condolences go out to our ILWU Local 63 Brother’s family, friends, and brothers and sisters on the docks.

From the Daily Breeze:

A 71-year-old longshore worker was killed Wednesday at the Port of Los Angeles in what is being described as an industrial accident, a port spokesman said.

The man, a member of […]

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Port of Los Angeles traffic up to highest August level in 9 years

The Port of Los Angeles reversed two months of declining traffic to post a 3.8 percent increase in cargo for August from a year ago.

“The numbers are strong indicators that our terminal operators, longshore labor and supply chain partners are adjusting to the new industry dynamics of carrier alliances, deploying larger ships and […]

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Port of Los Angeles fire smolders; no injuries as terminals close

Port fire in San Pedro at Berth 179, where wood and tar pilings burned. Photo by Brad Graverson of The Daily Breeze.

[NOTE: Several media have reported that there were no injuries.]

A massive fire that consumed part of a wharf at the Port of Los Angeles continued to smolder today, as officials […]

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Big retailers 'full of drama' on eve of contract talks

In an article titled ”Port cargo traffic rises ahead of labor talks,” the OC Register repeats — and challenges — the ”sky is falling” messages that are routinely trotted out by the employers’ side when contract negotiations begin:

”Retailers are always full of drama and sending hysterical, and usually wrong, messages that the sky […]

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Port of Los Angeles’ trade volume drops in November due to strike, report says

The Port of Los Angeles said its trade volume dropped in November, hurt by a week-long strike by clerical workers.

Container volume was down by 16 percent from the same period a year earlier.

But Port spokesman Phillip Sanfield said the container volume lost during the strike will be reflected in the December data.

“Most […]

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Port of Long Beach sees imports, exports rise despite strike

Despite a clerical workers strike at half its terminals, imports and exports at the Port of Long Beach rose more than 20 percent last month, thanks to two major shipping lines that recently added services, port officials said Thursday.

After months of mostly declining growth, the number of imported containers in November jumped 20.2 percent […]

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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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Longshoremen exercise their contractual right to refuse to cross anti-outsourcing picket line at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

ILWU Coast Longshore Division News release:

Union and employers confirm that the ILWU Local 63 Office Clerical Unit picket line is bona fide and that longshoremen have a right to respect the picket line

SAN PEDRO, CA (November 29, 2012) – The ILWU-PMA Coast Labor Relations Committee that establishes policy and administers the contract between […]

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Ruling: Dockworkers honoring port clerical workers’ pickets not violating contracts

A West Coast arbitrator this week ruled that dockworkers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach would not violate their contracts if they honored picket lines set up by clerical employees who have worked without a labor pact for nearly two years.

The ruling overturns a previous decision that forced local longshore […]

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Court grants injunction over port action

This 'ILWU Local 63 supports MUNZ Local 13' sign photo was published in the New Zealand media today. The ILWU marched in solidarity with MUNZ in New Zealand this week.

The Employment Court has granted an interim injunction delaying redundancies at Ports of Auckland.

The decision says the port cannot take further steps in […]

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EGT signs ILWU contract ending labor dispute, but County Attorney still prosecuting workers and supporters

ILWU Local 21's 'Welcome to Longview' billboard near the exit to the Port of Longview, WA.

From this month’s Dispatcher:

ILWU International President Robert McEllrath, union members, and supporters continue to face trial for exercising their First Amendment Rights to protest during the EGT dispute

When the grain ship MV Full Sources arrived at […]

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Year of Strife: EGT/ILWU timeline

An ILWU Local 4 longshore worker supports ILWU Local 21 by demonstrating for good union jobs near EGT in Longview, WA. This photo was taken in September 2011 by Don Ryan of the Associated Press and was widely published, including in Time Magazine.

The Daily News in Longview has compiled the following list of […]

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