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The ILWU Coast Longshore Division recently met in Caucus with 81 democratically elected delegates from 30 United States West Coast ports. At this Caucus, your strike in Hong Kong was thoroughly discussed, and it was unanimously agreed that the ILWU would do everything possible to ensure [...]
Union offers ILWU-TEMCO agreement as a template for negotiations; employer group refuses to budge from their November 16 ‘last, best and final’ proposal which members rejected by more than 90%
PORTLAND, OR (March 22, 2013) – Negotiations between the ILWU Locals 4, 8, 19, 21 and 23 and three members of the Pacific Northwest Grain [...]
ILWU International President Robert McEllrath delivers TEMCO agreement to Mitsui-United Grain, March 8, 2013. McEllrath was accompanied by approximately 400 ILWU members and supporters. Photo by Dawn Des Brisay, ILWU Local 40 member.
International Longshore and Warehouse Union grain workers recently delivered what they consider to be a “fair” contract to the offices of United [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2013 CONTACT: Jennifer Sargent, 503-703-2933
Leaders say company has not shown evidence to back its accusations, and that security guards have been ‘shadowing and harassing our members every day’
PORTLAND, OR (February 28, 2013) – The men and women of ILWU Local 4, who have been working to reach a [...]
Union officials call grain exporters back to negotiation table after workers in four Pacific Northwest ports vote by a 93.8% margin to reject the exporters’ demanded concessions to an 80-year-old contract
Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in four Northwest ports voted by a 93.8% margin this weekend to reject a proposal that [...]
The Columbian today published an informative article by reporter Aaron Corvin. A link to the full article follows.
The union negotiating team is unanimously recommending that members of longshore union locals — which include ILWU Local No. 4 in Vancouver, home to 203 longshore workers — vote “no,’ according to a statement issued by Leal [...]
Excerpts from the Portland Business Journal:
Last Monday, the grain shippers presented what its calling its “last, best and final offer to the union,” said spokesman Pat McCormick. That offer expires at midnight Wednesday.
“The ILWU has bargained in good faith and offered several proposals designed to meet the employers’ needs,” Leal Sundet of the [...]
PORTLAND, OR (November 19, 2012) – After nearly three months of negotiations,the multinational grain corporations operating in the Columbia River and Puget Sound have given local workers a final offer that demands deep concessions from workers, even though the companies have been successful under the current agreement and impasse has not been reached in negotiations. Negotiators [...]
From today’s Oregonian:
Longshore security officers plan to strike at the Port of Portland Nov. 25 if talks Friday don’t produce a contract. The move would freeze millions of dollars worth of freight including shipping containers, autos, steel, commodities and bulk cargo.
A strike by just 25 officers who work at the gates of [...]
Coast Committeeman Leal Sundet commented on recent issues at ICTSI, the private, Philippines-based terminal operator that took over operations at the Port of Portland two years ago. Excerpts from the Oregonian:
Operations at Portland’s international container terminal, a workhorse of Oregon’s economy, appear increasingly tenuous as a third labor conflict surfaces and big customers waver.
Collective bargaining negotiations are underway in the Northwest between the ILWU and grain industry giants. Here’s the background in the ILWU Dispatcher:
Grain is the new gold for multinationals eager to move valuable cargo for a healthy profit.
Global grain giants, 80 years into contract, try to squeeze longshore workers
Wheat-based bread on Japan’s [...]
Ken Riley, left, an International Longshoremen’s Association Vice President and President of Local 1422, came to support ILWU International President Bob McEllrath at the Cowlitz County Hall of Justice last year. On Friday, a District Court judge sentenced Pres. McEllrath to one day in jail and 89 days suspended, plus a $500 fine. Photo [...]
Excerpts from Friday’s Journal of Commerce:
As member of waterfront employers group, ICTSI should have told PMA of IBEW contract, McKenna says
Jim McKenna, president of the West Coast waterfront employers group known as the Pacific Maritime Association, said the lawsuit involving the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Port of Portland “is not [...]
Excerpts from the Oregonian:
Portland longshoremen will not give up.
Thwarted by the National Labor Relations Board in their quest for two waterfront jobs, the dockworkers’ union is changing tactics, pressuring shipping lines to give them the work or face claims for lost wages.
If that happens, Hanjin Shipping Co., for one, plans to hand [...]
Union says Port’s giveaways of public funds to private corporations violate federal law and Oregon Constitution; demands all funds remain in public hands
PORTLAND,OR (August 16, 2012) – Today, the ILWU filed a federal lawsuit against the Port of Portland and Bill Wyatt, its Executive Director, for unlawfully gifting nearly $5 million in public funds [...]