From today’s Columbian:
Longshore workers have made the Pacific Northwest one of the most productive grain export regions in the world. Photo shows Mitsui-United Grain Corp. in Vancouver, WA.
Union dockworkers and grain-terminal owners in the Northwest, including United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver, who’ve sparred for more than a year over terms [...]
Exploiting Taft-Hartley loopholes, the grain elevators created shell companies to try and conceal their own involvement at the spud barges. The Union believes that restricting water pickets violates free speech rights. Photo by OPB.
A U.S. District Court judge issued a preliminary ruling Tuesday ordering the ILWU to cease picketing of Tidewater’s spud barges until [...]
Excerpts from The Oregonian:
A Tidewater employee said ratchets used to hold the barge in place appeared to have been intentionally loosened, according to a Coast Guard news release. A longshore union spokeswoman said the union had nothing to do with it.
“Intentionally causing damage to a vessel or its cargo is a crime punishable [...]
From Labor Notes:
On the heels of the West Coast longshore union’s departure from the AFL-CIO, it appears the East Coast dockers may also be headed that way. “We had said for a while, if the ILWU left we probably would too,” said Ken Riley, a national vice president of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), [...]
[A PDF of the following letter is available at this link]
August 29, 2013
President Richard Trumka AFL-CIO 815 16th Street, NW Washington, DC 20006
Re: ILWU Disaffiliation
It is with regret but resolve that we have come to the point where the International Longshore and Warehouse [...]
Published in Maritime Executive:
An Administrative Law Judge for the National Labor Relations Board issued a preliminary decision and recommended order on August 28 that the ILWU is not legally entitled to perform disputed work that is covered by the ILWU’s 80-year-old collective bargaining agreement with the union’s West Coast employers. The work was [...]
Montana wheat farmers are among those who have relied on the continual service provided by experienced longshore workers to export grain since 1934.
From the Billings Gazette:
In a rare move, longshoremen from the Pacific Northwest are traveling across Montana cautioning wheat farmers about possible trouble shipping grain from the state overseas.
Montana wheat [...]
From The Stand:
ILWU Walk the Coast events happen up and down the West Cast to support worthy charities.
Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and community supporters host annual ILWU Walk the Coast events up and down the West Coast in the fight against childhood cancer, pancreatic cancer and ovarian cancer. [...]
From the Journal of Commerce:
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a district judge’s order that two locals of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union pay damages to the National Labor Relations Board and an employer in connection with union picketing that turned violent at the Port of Longview, Wash., Metropolitan News-Enterprise [...]
The West Coast MTO Agreement (WCMTOA) recently announced an 8.1 percent increase in the Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, scheduled to take effect on August 19, 2013. The increase will sustain continued operation of PierPass OffPeak gates amid labor cost increases.
Beginning August 19, the TMF will [...]