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The ILWU Coast Longshore Division recently met in Caucus with 81 democratically elected delegates from 30 United States West Coast ports. At this Caucus, your strike in Hong Kong was thoroughly discussed, and it was unanimously agreed that the ILWU would do everything possible to ensure [...]
Union offers ILWU-TEMCO agreement as a template for negotiations; employer group refuses to budge from their November 16 ‘last, best and final’ proposal which members rejected by more than 90%
PORTLAND, OR (March 22, 2013) – Negotiations between the ILWU Locals 4, 8, 19, 21 and 23 and three members of the Pacific Northwest Grain [...]
U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell have written to leaders of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers’ Association to reach a collective bargaining agreement for the Northwest grain terminals.
Weeks after the ILWU and American grain exporter TEMCO reached a collective bargaining agreement to cover three terminals [...]
The Oregonian published the following information on the multinational owners of the grain terminals in the Pacific Northwest, which are currently in collective bargaining negotiations with ILWU Locals 4, 8, 19 and 23:
Four companies in the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association operate under a single collective bargaining agreement with the dockworkers’ union. Longshoremen have [...]
Egyptian grain buyers, squeezed by droughts in Russia and Australia, bought 165,000 tons of wheat this month from a far-flung source, the Pacific Northwest.
The sellers included Cargill Inc. and Louis Dreyfus Commodities, two of the multinational goliaths involved in contract talks with longshore union leaders as a potential lockout looms at grain terminals in [...]
From David Macaray, former labor union rep and current Los Angeles playwrite and author in the Huffington Post:
Some truths about this ILWU shutdown: First, the strike wasn’t about money. These logistical workers earn about $41 per hour, a solid middle-class income. Second, it wasn’t “spontaneous.” They’ve been working without a contract for two and [...]
Joint news release from Sen. Merkeley and Congressman Jim McDermott:
WASHINGTON, DC – Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Washington Congressman Jim McDermott today were joined by ten of their colleagues from Oregon and Washington to call for continuing negotiations and a fair and amicable settlement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the [...]
Union dock workers and grain terminal owners both say they don’t want any kind of work stoppage that would disrupt Northwest grain exports.
But as of late Friday, there was no contract, and no new negotiations scheduled.
The Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association, representing the owners of a half-dozen terminals in Oregon and Washington, set [...]
Striking workers brought operations to a halt at gates to the Port of Oakland this morning, leaving more than 100 trucks lined up waiting to get in.
SEIU Local 1021 and the port have been trying for months to negotiate a new contract to cover just over 220 workers. Those workers include, among other staff, [...]
PORTLAND, OR (November 19, 2012) – After nearly three months of negotiations,the multinational grain corporations operating in the Columbia River and Puget Sound have given local workers a final offer that demands deep concessions from workers, even though the companies have been successful under the current agreement and impasse has not been reached in negotiations. Negotiators [...]
Contract talks between the Port of Portland and security guards at its container terminal that began this summer will reenter mediation on Nov. 16, but a breakdown in talks could cripple the container yard, as well as two other terminals at the port, The Oregonian reported.
ICTSI Oregon has already been involved in a dispute [...]
From today’s Oregonian:
Longshore security officers plan to strike at the Port of Portland Nov. 25 if talks Friday don’t produce a contract. The move would freeze millions of dollars worth of freight including shipping containers, autos, steel, commodities and bulk cargo.
A strike by just 25 officers who work at the gates of [...]
Coast Committeeman Leal Sundet commented on recent issues at ICTSI, the private, Philippines-based terminal operator that took over operations at the Port of Portland two years ago. Excerpts from the Oregonian:
Operations at Portland’s international container terminal, a workhorse of Oregon’s economy, appear increasingly tenuous as a third labor conflict surfaces and big customers waver.
Longshore members on the West Coast are supporting our brothers and sisters on the East Coast. From Portland Local 8 Federal Credit Union:
As you know, Hurricane Sandy pounded the East Coast, killing dozens, leaving millions without power, and thousands without homes or transportation. Our Brothers and Sisters in the International Longshoremen’s Association working the [...]
Juneau Longshoremen Larry Englund, Francisco Velasco and Daniel Churchill haul in the tag and heaving lines, attached to one of the ship’s heavy mainlines. Capital City Weekly photo.
The following is an excerpt of a lengthy article published in Alaska this week.
Though the work can be arduous, and the hours long, both Iver Nore [...]