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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.

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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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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