Longtime friend of the ILWU, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), right, in a previously published photo with (L-R) ILWU International President Robert McEllrath, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), ILWU International Vice President (Hawaii) Wesley Furtado, and ILWU Local 8 member Jeff Smith. Photo by ILWU Local 40 member Dawn Des Brisay.
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”We see this over and over again –- domestic security organisations such as the Coast Guard, which is funded by taxpayer dollars, used to protect foreign companies to the detriment of the American worker.” — Leal Sundet, ILWU Coast Committeeman
Our earlier stories make it plain that, as an official [...]
A proposed rule for the U.S. Coast Guard would misuse taxpayer resources to provide private security for foreign grain conglomerates and trample American workers’ speech rights on Columbia River
Note: Download the ILWU’s comments on the proposed rule here
PORTLAND, OR (July 15, 2013) – The United States Coast Guard has proposed a so-called “temporary [...]
Willamette Week: ‘ILWU district president Jeff Smith says his union doesn’t need outsiders telling it when to strike.’ WW photo.
“If I wanted to shut down the port, I could do it without Occupy. I don’t need ’em,” says Jeff Smith, president of ILWU’s Columbia River District Council. “This is a question for the [...]
The night before the port commission meeting, ILWU Local 21 members and their supporters from other longshore locals defended their jurisdiction at the EGT grain facility in Longview, WA, July 11, 2011. About 100 members were arrested and loaded into law enforcement vans by the dozen.
Union dock workers continued their protest of proposed [...]
The head of the longshore labor union in Portland, Ore., said Tuesday he will work in “partnership” with a new terminal operator to improve productivity at the Port of Portland.
“We plan on doing the best job that organized labor can do,” Jeff Smith, head of the Portland local of the International Longshore and Warehouse [...]