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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.

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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US grain exporters welcome ILWU contract but rail delay concerns persist

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway say they are working to improve service as the 2014 harvest starts to move from farms to grain elevators. A backlog of shipments caused by a harsh 2013-2014 winter, coupled with an increase in intermodal and carload freight, has resulted in some [...]

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PMA and ILWU Update on Contract Talks: Tentative Agreement Reached on Health Benefits

Negotiations Continue on Other Issues

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 26, 2014) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) announced today that they have reached a tentative agreement on terms for health benefits, subject to agreement on the other issues in the negotiations. The parties have agreed not to [...]

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Longshore workers return to work at Oakland terminal after safety issues resolved

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 19, 2014) – Longshore workers were able to safely enter the gate of an Oakland terminal on Tuesday night and work the ZIM vessel PIRAEUS. Unlike previous shifts over the last several days, the number of demonstrators and police at the terminal’s gate was small, and Longshore workers determined that the [...]

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Volatile atmosphere at Gaza demonstration prevents Longshoremen from entering Port of Oakland terminal

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union were unable to report to work Sunday night at SSA Marine’s terminal in Oakland, Calif., due to volatility associated with a large demonstration and significant police presence at the gates of the facility. In 2005, Oakland police fired rubber bullets in similar circumstances, wounding several longshoremen who [...]

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FMCS Statement on Tentative Agreement Between the ILWU and Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers

From the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Scot L. Beckenbaugh, Acting Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), issued the following statement today on a tentative agreement reached just prior to midnight (PST) last evening between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Northwest Grain Companies.

“After engaging [...]

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Strong growth for US West Coast ports in June

From the Journal of Commerce:

Although the July 1 deadline for contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association certainly resulted in some diversion of cargo to ports on the U.S. East Coast and in Canada, West Coast container volumes are still up noticeably compared to last year.

Containerized [...]

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Scheduled events could push ILWU talks into August

From yesterday’s Journal of Commerce:

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union today completed its two-day caucus in San Francisco, and the union will resume contract negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association on Wednesday. … Contract negotiations will resume Wednesday and will continue for the rest of this week, but the talks will recess again on [...]

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ILWU extension letter to locals

On July 7, 2014, ILWU International President sent the following letter to all ILWU Longshore locals:

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ILA voices support for ILWU: ‘We are One’

From the Journal of Commerce:

The International Longshoremen’s Association, which represents dockworkers at U.S. East and Gulf Coast ports, yesterday wrote a letter of support to Robert McEllrath, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which is engaged in contract negotiations with West Coast employers.

The letter from Harold Daggett, ILA president, warned employers [...]

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