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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.

Global unions back Ports of Auckland workers

Workers at the Ports of Auckland have received a major boost with support coming from the global Mining and Maritime Initiative.

A meeting in Sydney of the Mining and Maritime Initiative that brings together some of the world’s largest and most effective trade unions has heard from a delegation of Ports of Auckland workers who [...]

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Increasing Reliance on Guest Worker Programs

Excerpts from a David Bacon article called “Displaced, Unequal and Criminalized – Fighting for the Rights of Migrants in the United States:”

The Department of Homeland Security workplace enforcement wave is focusing, not on low-wage employers, but on high-wage, and often unionized ones. There is a long history of anti-union animus among immigration authorities. Agents [...]

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Panamá: La represión a los pueblos originarios debe parar

This week’s blockade to prevent corporate mining on indigenous lands in Panama.

English summary: The Association of Public and Private Employees (ANEP) in Costa Rica sent this news release to the ILWU Coast Longshore Division. It says that the Panamanian police and military have killed three people and injured dozens since the beginning of [...]

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Bolivia’s Morales hopes to build railway to Peru

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales (left) is shown meeting with China’s President Hu Jintao in August. Morales said after the visit that Chinese officials expressed interest in making the railway project a priority. It’s not immediately clear how much the railway would cost, or how much financial support China might provide. Credit: Xinhua photo by [...]

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STX-operated ore carrier may sink at Brazilian port

The 361-metre-long Vale Bejing is loaded with enough high-grade iron ore to make the steel for nearly three-and-a-half Golden Gate bridges. Were it to settle to the bottom at the Ponta da Madeira Port near Sao Luis, Brazil, the carrier could disrupt about a third of Vale’s 300 million tonnes in annual shipments of [...]

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Australian company buys stake in coal mines

An Australian company says it is buying an interest in coal mines in Montana and Wyoming as interest increases in shipping the product overseas to feed growing energy demands in Asia.

Ambre Energy Limited announced on Thursday it was buying a 50 percent interest in the Decker Coal Company in southern Montana and the Black [...]

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Australian media: ‘Waterfront to be next union battleground’

In the wake of the Qantas battle between management and unions, the country’s waterfront could stand to become the next front in the increasingly tense relationship between employers and their workers’ unions, according to a report by the Australian Financial Review.

With dock worker strikes at three locations and negotiations deadlocked at two others, [...]

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Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton in controversial land swap

RIO TINTO STRIKE: In October, security forces opened fire on striking miners at a Freeport McMoRan-Rio Tinto gold and copper mine in Papau, Indonesia, killing 30-year-old Petrus Ayemsekaba and injuring six, the latest episode in decades of alleged human rights abuses and killings linked to the mine. Union leader Manuel Maniambo said thousands of [...]

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Mining and Maritime Unions: ‘ILWU has our global support in its fight at EGT’

Leading international mining and maritime unions representing millions of workers around the world met in Durban, South Africa this month for the Mining and Maritime Initiatives international conference. They discussed ways to work together, increase solidarity and more effectively represent members in the globalized world of the maritime and mining industries.

They passed the following [...]

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BC: Copper Mountain ships first concentrate to Port of Vancouver

Vancouver’s Copper Mountain Mining made the first shipment of copper concentrate from its new mine near Princeton to the port of Vancouver. The concentrate is transported in 50-tonne super B train truck units. Port facilities are complete, including a truck discharging and storage area.

Copper Mountain (the company) build a new 35,000-t/d milling facility and [...]

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Peru’s Election Results Dishearten Investors

The election's impact on the Port of Callao is still unknown, though Humala has said he opposes private concessions of the docks. DP World and APM Terminals have brought foreign management to the port.

Peru’s benchmark stock index plunged 12.5% Monday. Investors rushed for the exits on fears that the country’s next president, populist [...]

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Leftist Humala claims narrow win in Peru election

Ollanta Humala's champions were the neglected — one in three Peruvians are poor and have gained little or nothing from a mining bonanza that turned its economy into Latin America's top performer the past decade.

Leftist military man Ollanta Humala declared victory Sunday night after unofficial results showed him narrowly winning a bitterly contested [...]

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Analysis: U.S. to be a top coal exporter again, thanks to Asia

The United States could vault back into the top rank of coal exporters for good this year thanks to Asia’s fuel demand — just as surging gas output and tougher environmental laws threaten mainstay domestic sales.

Analysts say total U.S. coal exports could amount to around 100 million tons (91 million tons) this year, leaving [...]

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Port of Vancouver USA predicts huge growth in coming years

By the [time he retires, Executive Director Larry Paulson] intends for the port to have secured funding for its West Vancouver Freight Access Project, a $137 million expansion of the port’s rail system. … The port also landed a number of big tenants last year, including Farwest Steel of Eugene and international mining company BHP [...]

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Port of Vancouver dodges coal, embraces potash

Terminal 5 at Port of Vancouver USA, with Mt. Hood in the background.

The port’s decision in 2009 to export potash rather than coal positioned it to accomplish long-term economic development objectives.

It also enabled the port to sidestep a growing controversy over whether Washington state should become a big player in exporting coal, [...]

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