Disclaimer

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.

ILWU thoughts and prayers are with Las Vegas victims and families; Longshoreman injured protecting wife

Note: We are shocked and saddened by the senseless massacre that occurred in Las Vegas last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims and their families. We especially pray for the recovery of our ILWU union brother who was critically injured while protecting his wife. This act of bravery and love […]

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ILWU Canada ‘proud to help fight like hell’ in favor of $15 minimum wage to get BC workers out of poverty

Excerpts from an article titled ‘Vancouver rally held to push NDP government to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour’:

ILWU Canada members support raising Canada’s federal minimum wage, including ILWU Canada President Rob Ashton, seen here with microphone.

On Wednesday, September 27, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada members held a demonstration in […]

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Union power on display in California’s just-completed legislative session

Excerpts from the Sacramento Bee:

Labor is a major player at the Capitol, where Democratic lawmakers are sympathetic to its issues and some are former union members themselves. The party achieved two-thirds’ control of both houses of the Legislature last fall with the help of millions of dollars in union campaign contributions and get-out-the-vote efforts.

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Gov. Brown decision means no public funds will be used to 'green-wash' job-killing automation

Note: We applaud Governor Brown’s decision to ensure this legislation doesn’t use public funds to “green-wash” job-killing automation. The ILWU Coast Longshore Division worked with ILWU California locals to educate the State Assembly on this important issue.

From an article titled ‘Labour Beats Port Automation’ from Port Technology:

California Gov. Jerry Brown

California Governor Jerry […]

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Former ILWU home becomes new host to Commonwealth Club

From the SF Examiner:

Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor Jane Kim, former Secretary of State George Shultz, Chief of Protocol Charlotte Shultz and Commonwealth Club Board Chair Richard Rubin were on hand, all touting the group’s mission to promote civil public dialogue, even though it seems to be in short supply these days.

Appropriately, the gleaming […]

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Cargo volumes rise at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

From the Los Angeles Business Journal:

Port of Los Angeles officials said that last month marked the second busiest month in its 110-year history with cargo movement increasing 6.1 percent for the month of August year-over-year.

“We are grateful to our terminal operators, labor force, supply chain stakeholders and our cargo owners for the record-breaking […]

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Maritime, dockworker unions criticize Liberty Marine’s labor switch

Note: Read the full Maritime Labor Alliance release about this jurisdictional violation here

From American Shipper:

A collective of ship and dockworkers unions are protesting a decision by Liberty Maritime to employ deck and engineering officers from another union to operate its newest U.S.-flag ship, rather than those members of its longtime union, the Marine […]

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International Longshore and Warehouse Union donates $20,000 to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, expressing sadness about the devastation and hope for rebuilding, has donated $20,000 to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

In a letter sent to the United Way Relief Fund on August 31, the union’s top elected officers wrote, “It is an absolute tragedy that so many families have […]

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ILWU International Executive Board: Together we must all fight racism, hatred and fear in our communities

International Longshore and Warehouse Union

International Executive Board

Vancouver, British Columbia

August 17 – 18, 2017

STATEMENT OF POLICY ON RACISM

The events in Charlottesville call upon each of us to speak out boldly against white supremacy, neo-Nazism, and white nationalism in all forms. Racism, anti-Semitism, hatred and fear […]

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ILWU International Executive Board releases Statement of Policy on Donald Trump

International Longshore and Warehouse Union

International Executive Board

Vancouver, British Columbia

August 17 – 18, 2017

STATEMENT OF POLICY ON DONALD TRUMP

President Trump’s reaction to the protests and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia is so unacceptable, so beyond the bounds of human decency, and so revealing that it […]

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Surging Portland auto traffic unaffected by container woes

From the Journal of Commerce:

During the first half of this year, Portland handled 162,504 vehicles, a 19.9 percent increase from a year earlier. The growth came atop an 11 percent rise in 2016 to 291,242 units that made Portland the seventh-busiest US auto port.

The increased vehicle traffic attracted relatively little notice amid the […]

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West Coast longshore workers ratify contract extension; New agreement will continue until July, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 4, 2017) – The ILWU’s Coast Balloting Committee confirmed today that West Coast longshore workers at 29 ports in California, Oregon and Washington have officially ratified a three-year contract extension with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).

The Committee carefully reviewed balloting results from all longshore local unions and confirmed a […]

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Portland asking hard questions on future in containers

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The Port of Portland Commission will receive a report from consultant Advisian Worley Parsons Group that will suggest types of carriers that can be attracted, with the best bet being niche carriers in trades that do not require large ships. Carriers such as Westwood Shipping, which until last summer […]

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Maritime Museum video ‘honors Dickie Parker, John Knudsen, all longshoremen who have lost their lives’

‘Maritime Minute: History of the ILWU’ was created by the Los Angeles Maritime Museum and posted by the Port of Los Angeles on July 5, 2017:

Decades after the 1934 West Coast Waterfront strike, longshore workers are still an integral part of the Port of Los Angeles today as they were then. Marifrances […]

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Global shipping giant Maersk is reeling from ransomware fallout

From Reuters:

Global shipping is still feeling the effects of a cyber attack that hit A.P. Moller-Maersk [three] days ago, showing the scale of the damage a computer virus can unleash on the technology dependent and inter-connected industry.

The cyber attack was among the biggest-ever disruptions to hit global shipping. Several port terminals run by […]

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