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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.

Port of Portland’s container service hits zero

Excerpts from the Lewiston Tribune:

Westwood Shipping [made] its last call on the Port of Portland Saturday. It was the only container carrier that stopped regularly at the Oregon port and carried a fraction of the volume major shippers hauled. The last of those, Hapag-Lloyd, departed a year ago.

Low rates and overcapacity in the [...]

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Panama Canal Pilots Union receives the ILWU on Panamanian soil

Panama Canal Pilots Union representatives with top ILWU officials at the Longshore Caucus in Panama City, Panama, on April 18, 2016.

Translated from the Spanish original, which was published at Panama On:

Panama Canal Pilots Union receives the ILWU on Panamanian soil

From Monday April 18th to Friday the 22nd, a series of [...]

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La Unión de Prácticos del Canal de Panamá recibe en suelo panameño al sindicato ILWU

Panama Canal Pilots union representatives with top ILWU officials at the Longshore Caucus in Panama City, Panama, on April 18, 2016.

The ILWU Longshore Caucus began Monday in Panama City. Today this article was published in Panama On, and is translated below:

La Unión de Prácticos del Canal de Panamá recibe en [...]

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ILWU supports dockers at DP World London Gateway

Union-busting has many forms, and at DP World’s new terminal at the port of London Gateway, dockworkers’ 3-year campaign for union representation has been full of roadblocks by the Dubai-based employer. Now at a critical juncture, longshore workers around the world are encouraged to send messages of support and help London dockers secure a [...]

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Bernie Sanders: 'It is an honor to receive an endorsement from the ILWU'

ILWU Local 8 supporting Bernie Sanders at a rally on March 25, 2016, the day after the ILWU International Executive Board voted to endorse Sanders for the nomination for U.S. President. Photo provided by Patrick McClain, ILWU Local 8 longshore worker.

From The Bern Report:

Bernie Sanders on Thursday welcomed the endorsement of [...]

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ILWU endorses Senator Bernie Sanders for President

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The ILWU’s International Executive Board voted today to endorse U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders for President.

“Bernie Sanders is the best candidate for America’s working families,” said ILWU International President Robert McEllrath. “Bernie is best on the issues that matter most to American workers: better trade agreements, support for unions, fair [...]

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Labor attorney and author Joe Burns outlines NLRB's 'war against ILWU's solidarity unionism'

‘In a nutshell, the NLRB is attempting to financially cripple the ILWU for trying to uphold the ‘work jurisdiction’ clause of their coast-wide agreement.’ — Joe Burns, In These Times

Joe Burns, a former local union president active in strike solidarity, is a labor negotiator and attorney. He is the author of the book [...]

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Mayor Ed Lee’s Port Commission pick sails through board committee

From the San Francisco Examiner:

Eleni Kounalakis

Mayor Ed Lee’s Port Commission appointment to fill the seat vacated by his previous controversial pick, Mel Murphy, sailed through the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee on Thursday.

Eleni Kounalakis, if ultimately confirmed by the full board in two weeks, would serve on the five-member Port Commission, filling [...]

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U.S. ports should work with unions on automation, Labor Secretary says

Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal:

U.S. seaports need to consider the interests of organized labor as they move to automate jobs performed by dockworkers today, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in an interview.

“You can’t impose by fiat automation and expect it to succeed,” he said.

Port automation has hit snags in Los [...]

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ILWU strikes back at Oregonian for 'libelous, defamatory' reporting

The Oregonian report titled “ILWU workers paid without working,” written by the newspaper’s Food Trends writer Molly Harbarger, contains numerous falsehoods and has triggered a response from attorneys representing the ILWU.

Click the image to download the full letter as a PDF document.

Full text of the letter follows and is downloadable as a [...]

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Joe Burns: The entire labor movement should be paying attention to Wisconsin’s Kohler Strike

Author Joe Burns has written about successful ILWU actions and spoken at the invitation of the ILWU. Excerpts from his article in In These Times:

Two thousand workers at the Kohler faucet plant in Northern Wisconsin have been walking the picket since November 16. Such a strike would have been commonplace decades ago. Nowadays [...]

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Pres. McEllrath: ILWU will fight all attacks on safety, collective bargaining rights

A message from ILWU International President Robert McEllrath:

”While we prevailed in this round of attacks on our workplace safety and collective bargaining rights, politicians have already fired another round. Thank you for your support to defeat the amendments, and stay tuned to make your voice heard again.” — Robert McEllrath, ILWU International [...]

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Politicians introduce more misguided legislation, fail to address root causes of congestion

Just hours after two misguided amendments were defeated in the House of Representatives, opportunistic politicians proposed yet another piece of legislation that fails to address the root causes of congestion. From an article titled ‘Feds more likely to intervene in future port slowdowns under proposed bill’ in The Oregonian:

Instead of leaving it to [...]

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With lives at risk, ILWU President urges Congress to reject amendments targeting longshore workers

ILWU International President Robert McEllrath has sent the following letter to members of the House of Representatives:

Click on the image to download the full two-page letter.

November 3, 2015

Dear Representative:

On behalf of the men and women of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, I am writing to express my strong opposition [...]

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PMA warning over labour negotiations

The head of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) has said that that current bargaining practices between the parties in the West Coast longshore contract talks are “not sustainable.”

James McKenna said that because the PMA and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have been busy implementing the new contract, they have not formally discussed [...]

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