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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.

Longshore workers to continue working, negotiating

The contract that keeps thousands of dockworkers on the job at West Coast ports from San Diego to Seattle is expiring, but don’t expect a disruption in the billions of dollars of trade that crosses the waterfront — at least not yet. Both the ILWU and the association that represents shipping lines and terminal operators [...]

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Judge: Longshoremen violated court order by blocking grain barges

The men and women of the ILWU have exported America’s grain from Pacific Northwest terminals since 1934. They are currently locked out of Japanese-owned facilities in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA.

Excerpts from the Capital Press:

The ILWU has violated a court order for the second time by blocking grain shipments, according to a [...]

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JOC: Some West Coast shippers stuck with no backup plans

From the Journal of Commerce:

It’s too late for some retailers depending on shipments through West Coast ports. If they have no contingency plans for a potential strike or slowdown tied to International Longshore and Warehouse Union negotiations, they sit with fingers crossed. …But even if planning and implementing diversions didn’t cost any extra time [...]

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Alaska, IBU reach tentative agreement on new contract

The IBU represents about 650 Alaska Marine Highway System employees. The state is still negotiating with the other two unions representing ferry workers: the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association and the International Association of Masters, Mates and Pilots.

The largest labor union representing Alaska Marine Highway System workers has a tentative agreement for a new [...]

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Hawaii Governor appoints ILWU VP Wesley Furtado to Land and Natural Resources board

Excerpts from a Miami Herald article titled ‘Abercrombie appoints tourism, land board members’:

Wesley Furtado, ILWU International Vice President for Hawai’i

Gov. Neil Abercrombie is appointing two Oahu executives to state boards.

Kailua resident Wesley Furtado is being appointed to serve on the Board of Land and Natural Resources.

The Abercrombie administration said Monday Furtado [...]

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West Coast port talks carry baggage of 2002

From the Los Angeles Business Journal:

As contract talks have begun between shipping businesses and port workers, importers are stepping up the pace in anticipation of a possible port shutdown. But industry experts believe that both sides are motivated to reach a deal without a repeat of the disastrous lockout of 2002.

In 2002, labor [...]

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Alaska state ferry workers authorize strike as contract negotiations continue

A union representing nearly 600 workers in the Alaska Marine Highway System announced Tuesday that its members have authorized a strike should the union and state fail to agree on a new contract.

Ninety-nine percent of workers represented by the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific, Alaska Region, who sent in their ballots voted in favor [...]

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ILWU seeking two-year contract

From the Journal of Commerce:

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union is seeking a contract for just two years, according to a report from CONECT, the Coalition of New England Companies for Trade.

Employers, represented by the Pacific Maritime Association, want a minimum three-year contract, but would prefer a six-year contract to replace the six-year [...]

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Port of Seattle, Eagle Marine agree to make Terminal 5 big ship ready

Under the proposal, EMS would shift its operations to Terminal 18, allowing EMS to preserve container volume and ship calls.

The Port of Seattle and Eagle Marine Services (EMS), operator of Terminal 5, have announced a proposal to relocate its cargo and breakbulk activities to another terminal so that the port can modernize Terminal 5 [...]

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2014 trans-Pacific negotiations: Lower rates, more port-to-port moves

From the Journal of Commerce:

The results of the 2014-15 service contracting season in the eastbound Pacific are in, and from the perspective of ocean carriers, they’re not pretty.

Unless carriers can score impressive gains on the spot market and with peak-season surcharges, neither of which are guaranteed, it looks like they will lose money [...]

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PMA & ILWU begin talks on new West Coast waterfront labor pact

The ILWU-PMA collective bargaining relationship dates back to the 1930′s and covers all West Coast ports. The current agreement expires on June 30.

SAN FRANCISCO (May 12, 2014) – Negotiations for a new labor contract covering nearly 20,000 dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports began Monday afternoon in San Francisco. The current contract expires at [...]

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Portland port dispute leads to residential picket in Longview

The tense, ongoing union battle at the Port of Portland spilled into Cowlitz County Thursday night when a tugboat captain’s home was picketed by members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Between 30 and 60 union members carrying signs picketed a home on the 200 block of Niemi Road in rural Longview. Initially, according [...]

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Big retailers 'full of drama' on eve of contract talks

In an article titled ”Port cargo traffic rises ahead of labor talks,” the OC Register repeats — and challenges — the ”sky is falling” messages that are routinely trotted out by the employers’ side when contract negotiations begin:

”Retailers are always full of drama and sending hysterical, and usually wrong, messages that the sky [...]

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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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