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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.

European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) supports ILWU in letter to PMA

In a letter to PMA President and CEO Jim McKenna, our brother Terje Samuelsen, Chair of the Dockers’ Section of the ETF wrote:

I am writing to you as the Chair of the Dockers’ Section of the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) to express our strong support for our brother union in the ITF, the [...]

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Despite reports to the contrary, ILWU and PMA are ‘meeting and making progress’

In an article called ”West Coast shippers accuse dockworkers of slowing talks,” Bloomberg reports:

West Coast shippers embroiled in contract negotiations with dockworkers accused the longshoremen of delaying “big table” talks, while the union said smaller-group discussions are still productive.

Bargaining through Dec. 1 will be confined to subcommittees “discussing limited issues,” as officials of [...]

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Dear Mr. McKenna: From the National Federation of Dockworkers Unions of Japan

We appreciate that our fellow dockworkers’ union, the National Federation of Dockworkers Unions of Japan (Zenkoku Kowan), has sent a solidarity letter to PMA President & CEO Jim McKenna. an excerpt:

Along with the other dockworker leaders meeting in London, England this week, we have pledged to provide active solidarity support to the ILWU [...]

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US retailers worry West Coast port delays will hurt post-Black Friday restocking

From the Journal of Commerce:

Retailers hope West Coast port congestion won’t impact impact their holiday sales.

Major U.S. retailers don’t expect U.S. West Coast port congestion to hamper getting Black Friday products on the shelves, but they’re far less confident on their ability to keep stores stocked through the entire holiday season.

Home Depot [...]

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Obama confident ILWU-PMA can reach a deal

From the JOC:

A statement from the White House expresses confidence in the ability for both sides to reach an agreement.

Amid pleas of major shippers for a federal mediator, President Obama says he’s confident U.S. West Coast longshoremen and waterfront employers can reach a labor contract.

The White House statement further reflects the [...]

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Federal Maritime Commission questions carriers’ $1,000 surcharge demand; says ”labor’s working”

In an article titled ‘FMC’s Cordero questions port congestion surcharges,” the Journal of Commerce reports:

Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero, a former Long Beach port commissioner, said he’s not convinced that carriers’ citing of “labor unrest” is specific enough to justify hefty congestion surcharges that most trans-Pacific carriers filed months ago and activated Monday.

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Some LA-LB drayage drivers agree to stop striking but not all

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Drivers working for Green Fleet Systems agreed to a “cooling-off” period after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti reached a deal with their Teamster backers and their employer, ending their striking at six marine terminals. But Teamster backer and Total Transportation Services haven’t yet reached a similar deal that would [...]

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PMA deceptively blames workers for port congestion caused by chassis mismanagement and other supply chain failures

Chassis are piled up for scrap at Schnitzer Steel in Portland. Photo taken on November 10, 2014.

The ILWU is not responsible for the ongoing congestion crisis at West Coast ports

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Over the past week, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents over 70 multinational ocean carriers and maritime companies [...]

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Panama Canal Pilots voice navigation concerns

Click on the video to watch the Panama Canal Pilots voice their concerns.

The long-awaited expansion of the Panama Canal has taken a somewhat different course from that initially proposed, according to the Panama Canal Pilots’ Union, and as such, may pose significant threats to the safety of navigation in the Canal.

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Dishonest media offensive by PMA jeopardizes contract negotiations and deflects from a growing congestion problem

SAN FRANCISCO, CA –On Monday, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents over 70 multinational ocean carriers and maritime companies in contract negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), began a media offensive against the ILWU. PMA’s media offensive is designed to smear the union and to deflect responsibility from a growing congestion [...]

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ILWU boosts Begich campaign in Alaska

U.S. Senator Mark Begich has earned many labor supporters in his campaign to defend his seat from an anti-labor challenger. Among those working to re-elect Sen. Begich are ILWU members, who are knocking on doors and getting out the vote. Photos by Jeff Smith, ILWU Local 8 longshoreman.

U.S. Senator Mark Begich, center, with [...]

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Panama pilots won’t reopen canal contract, citing safety risks

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The Panama Canal Pilots Association, also known as the Asociación de Prácticos del Canal de Panamá, is a division of the ILWU.

The Panama Canal Pilots Union will not try to renegotiate its contract with the Panama Canal Authority this year as both parties are allowed under the existing [...]

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Port labor talks worry retailers

From Thursday’s Los Angeles Business Journal:

West Coast port operators and dock workers have not had a contract since June, and retailers are starting to worry about whether they will get their shipments in time for the holiday shopping rush.

That’s the gist of the letter Matt Shay, chief executive of the National Retail Federation [...]

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S.F.’s new cruise ship terminal, named for former ILWU leader, sees first ship arrival

Jimmy Herman, former International President of the ILWU

The newest dock of the bay – San Francisco’s handsome $100 million new cruise ship terminal – opened for business Thursday when giant ship Crown Princess, big as a castle and white as a wedding cake, tied up just after 7 in the morning.

There was no [...]

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US imports above average as port contract talks continue

From Marine Link:

Retailers concerned by the lack of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract will continue to bring merchandise into the country at above-average levels this month but volume will drop from the record set in August, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates, [...]

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