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La Unión de Prácticos del Canal de Panamá recibe en suelo panameño al sindicato ILWU

Panama Canal Pilots union representatives with top ILWU officials at the Longshore Caucus in Panama City, Panama, on April 18, 2016.

The ILWU Longshore Caucus began Monday in Panama City. Today this article was published in Panama On, and is translated below:

La Unión de Prácticos del Canal de Panamá recibe en […]


Panama pilots in talks with canal over safety issues

The Panama Canal Pilots Union, which is in negotiations for a new five-year contract, said it was encouraged by statements made by Panama Canal Authority CEO Jorge Quijano at the 15th annual TPM Conference here Tuesday.

The union, which is affiliated with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, has expressed concern about two safety issues […]


Panama Canal Pilots voice navigation concerns

Click on the video to watch the Panama Canal Pilots voice their concerns.

The long-awaited expansion of the Panama Canal has taken a somewhat different course from that initially proposed, according to the Panama Canal Pilots’ Union, and as such, may pose significant threats to the safety of navigation in the Canal.



Panama Canal Pilots pledge to defend Canal Authority against attacks

From Newsroom Panama:

The Panama Canal Pilot’s union [which is an affiliate of the ILWU] says that it will defend the institutions of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) against any “external or internal” attack.

The decision of the canal guild comes following recent statements by Lourdes Castillo, about an ongoing investigation of Canal executive Rodolfo […]


Panama Canal Pilots Affiliate With ILWU

ILWU International President Robert McEllrath and Panama Canal Pilots Union officer Capt. Rainiero Salas view the ILWU logo at the 2012 ILWU Convention in San Diego, June 2012. Panama has been included in the logo in solidarity with the U.S. and Canada with the new affiliation of the Panama Pilots union with the ILWU. […]


Countdown to Occupy Protest Shutdown Attempt

From the Journal of Commerce:

The Occupy movement has yet to clearly define the goals it hopes to accomplish in shutting down the ports. Nor has the movement come to grips with the impact of its actions on the many longshoremen, truck drivers, rail yard employees and other blue-collar workers in the harbor, all of […]


ILWU and Panama Canal Pilots Union announce partnership

Historic pact will join workers in global supply chain

SAN FRANCISCO, CA [September 15, 2011] — The ILWU announced a new partnership linking West Coast dockworkers with hundreds of Panama Canal Pilots. The new affiliation will create a larger and stronger union to help workers occupying key links in the global supply chain.

“Our affiliation […]


ILWU and Panama Canal pilots unions form alliance

Harley Shaiken, a UC Berkeley professor specializing in labor issues, described the alliance as “a ‘wow’ moment” that could greatly increase the collective bargaining power of both unions.

ILWU International President Bob McEllrath said the affiliation “will provide a new level of strength and unity for workers in both organizations. Our goal is to hold […]