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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.

ILWU solidarity helps Hanjin seafarers defend their right to shore leave

Chinese crew members from the Hanjin Seattle celebrate their shore leave. Customs officials changed their policy after solidarity efforts from the ILWU and support from lawmakers in Washington.

Crewmembers on foreign flagged vessels arriving at West Coast ports have frequently sought help from ILWU members and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) inspectors.

“Sometimes we […]

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Longshoremen save dog from Columbia River at Port of Longview

The story of a runaway dog at the Humane Society turned into a lifesaving rescue effort by Longview longshoremen Tuesday. ILWU Local 21 member Rocky Taylor lassoed the chihuahua from the river and rushed the dog to the veterinary team at the Humane Society, where the vets showered the dog with warm water and […]

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PMA and ILWU convene talks in San Francisco, agree to return

The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) met on November 1st in San Francisco, where discussions were held on the concept of a contract extension.

Both parties agreed to resume talks at a future date to be mutually agreed upon.

The current collective bargaining agreement covering 29 west coast ports […]

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ILWU International President McEllrath: Why we can’t vote Trump

The following message from International President Robert McEllrath is published in this month’s Dispatcher:

ILWU International President Robert McEllrath

You may have heard that I don’t have much patience for politicians, especially ones who want our help when they’re desperate for votes or contributions – then ignore us when we need their support.

I liked […]

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ITF applauds granting of shore leave to Hanjin crews

Hanjin seafarers thanked ILWU for solidarity last month as they sought shore leave after weeks or months at sea.

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today applauded the granting of shore leave to the crew of the Hanjin Seattle on its arrival at the port of Seattle, USA.

The denial of shore leave to […]

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Pet coke transport workers vote to join ILWU

Port of Long Beach photo of Pier G

JBA Transport workers who haul petroleum coke from California oil refineries to storage facilities and docks voted overwhelmingly to join the ILWU on September 1.

A simultaneous bid by the Teamsters Union to win the union election fizzled badly despite a show featuring big Teamster trucks with […]

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Union organisation speaks out on container freight line collapse as crew suffers

Hanjin seafarers thank ILWU for solidarity as they seek shore leave after weeks or months at sea.

Excerpts from the Handy Shipping Guide:

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) inspector, Jeff Engels, visited the chartered vessel Hanjin Marine which finally moored in Seattle after three weeks waiting for a berth when his organisation was […]

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Some Hanjin sailors denied shore leave in U.S. ports

Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal:

Screen shot of video of Hanjin ship at the Port of Seattle, Sept 26, 2016.

Sailors on several Hanjin ships were denied shore leave out of concern they might not return to their ships, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement. The concerns arise after the shipowner […]

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ITF: Refusal of shore leave to Hanjin crews ‘a denial of human rights’

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today described the refusal of shore leave to seafarers on board Hanjin ships in the USA as a denial of human rights – and praised the actions of dockers in Seattle who have drawn the problem to public attention.

The issue was revealed when a visit to the chartered […]

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Shipping partnerships create economic opportunity in Everett

This weekend, for the second time, Everett-based log supplier, Forest Marketing Enterprises, Inc. (FORMARK) will be delivering nearly 3.3 million board feet of logs to the Port of Everett to be loaded under deck of the ECL chartered ship. This shipment is the second of six total shipments for the year, of what is expected […]

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ILWU Local 21 Longshore workers stress safety, camaraderie in shoemaker’s video

A Minnesota-based shoe manufacturer interviewed and filmed ILWU Local 21 Longshore workers for an ad the company is sharing on social media. They highlighted the importance of safety and camaraderie on the docks. See them hard at work on Red Wing’s Facebook page:

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One Hanjin ship cleared to dock at U.S. port, others remain in limbo

From CNBC:

Authorization for the Hanjin Greece to enter the port came after bankruptcy courts in the United States and South Korea cleared the way for the company to spend $10 million to unload cargo from four ships headed for ports on the U.S. West Coast.

“We’re looking forward to getting these ships unloaded, said […]

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ILWU Local 13 official: Hanjin bankruptcy means ‘gates have been shut’ on 200-300 local jobs

Because Hanjin, the world’s seventh-largest shipping line, cannot pay ports and terminals to unload, ships filled with merchandise have sat idle for days. As of Sunday, officials said one massive container ship was still drifting 50 miles south of the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports; another ship was anchored at the Port of […]

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No doubt about it: Oil-by-rail is threat

The Olympian published the following opinion piece by Jared Smith, President of ILWU Local 4 in Vancouver, WA:

Jared Smith, ILWU Local 4 President

On this Labor Day, longshoremen look back on a summer that vindicated our opposition to America’s largest proposed oil-by-rail project. After a terrifying oil train derailment in Mosier, weeks of public […]

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Back to 1916 Tacoma: Remembering shots fired and a bloody, failed strike

Bearing the caption, ”Fellow workers we are in jail for you. What are you doing for us?” this 1916 photograph depicts “The Terrible Ten,” a group of Tacoma longshore workers who were sent to McNeil Island federal penitentiary, where each man served an 18-month sentence after being convicted of toppling a Tacoma trolley occupied […]

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