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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.

Delta Western employees vote to join IBU

Workers at a vessel fueling facility in Unalaska, approved unionizing last week after months of controversy over work conditions and allegations of abuse.

Jon Brier, international organizer of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union said the vote held last Thursday and the majority of eligible Delta Western employees voted in favor of the action to [...]

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Coast Caucus concludes with priorities and a plan for Longshore contract negotiations

ILWU Longshore Caucus Delegates, March 2014

The 90 delegates and dozens of pensioners who gathered in San Francisco for the Coast Longshore Division Caucus concluded their two week meeting on March 7 after adopting an approach to negotiations for a new Longshore & Clerks Contract that expires on June 30.

Resolutions set the agenda

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Longshore Union vindicated as federal court throws out lawsuits by ICTSI and Port of Portland

Filipino company ICTSI sought to undermine the collective bargaining agreement and multi-employer system that has benefited the industry and economy for decades

”ICTSI’s attack on the decades old collective bargaining relationship between the ILWU and its own employer association, PMA, demonstrates ICTSI’s arrogance and complete disregard for the rules of engagement here in [...]

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ITF wins death threats investigation promise

SGTM members picketed at the ICTSI terminal in Portland earlier this month, and were sought by Honduran police on their return home.

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has won a promise from the Honduran ambassador to the UK to investigate death threats and victimisation of trade unionists in the city of Puerto Cortés.

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ICTSI, Honduran gov't persecute dockworkers after peaceful picket in Portland

Honduran authorities circulated this picture from the Oregonian in search of union dockworkers Carlos Alvarado, left, and Glen Galdames, as they picket outside Terminal 6 on March 4. Longshore workers walked off their jobs at the Port of Portland’s container terminal Tuesday in solidarity with the Hondurans, who are members of the SGTM union [...]

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JOC: McKenna optimistic on West Coast contract negotiations

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The chief negotiator for waterfront employers on the West Coast is optimistic that the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union will reach a contract agreement this summer without a strike or lockout.

PMA President Jim McKenna predicted that an agreement will be reached in mid [...]

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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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Unalaska labor dispute escalates to strike, lawsuit

The Inland Boatman’s Union — the marine division of the International Longshore Workers Union — represents multiple different workgroups throughout Alaska, including harbormasters, those who work on tugs and barges and others doing exactly the kind of work the Delta Western fuel supply workers were doing. Union organizer Jon Briar said the picket line [...]

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Panama Canal Pilots pledge to defend Canal Authority against attacks

From Newsroom Panama:

The Panama Canal Pilot’s union [which is an affiliate of the ILWU] says that it will defend the institutions of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) against any “external or internal” attack.

The decision of the canal guild comes following recent statements by Lourdes Castillo, about an ongoing investigation of Canal executive Rodolfo [...]

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Both sides in grain dispute call negotiations ‘fruitful’

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 [...]

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ILWU statement: Restricting boat pickets violates free speech rights

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 [...]

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Loaded grain barge set adrift at night on Columbia River, causing Coast Guard and media to point fingers

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 [...]

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Labor Notes: 'East Coast Longshore Union May Bolt Too'

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), [...]

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