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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.

International Longshore and Warehouse Union donates $20,000 to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, expressing sadness about the devastation and hope for rebuilding, has donated $20,000 to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

In a letter sent to the United Way Relief Fund on August 31, the union’s top elected officers wrote, “It is an absolute tragedy that so many families have […]

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ITF unions stand in solidarity with Spanish dockers

ITF news release:

June 5, 2017: ITF dockers have unanimously offered their solidarity and practical support to dockers in Spain who are on strike.

ITF and ETF affiliates have unanimously passed an emergency motion during their section conference in Cape Town.

Comisiones Obreras and UGT members walked out at 8am this morning (Monday […]

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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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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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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 supports dockers at DP World London Gateway

Union-busting has many forms, and at DP World’s new terminal at the port of London Gateway, dockworkers’ 3-year campaign for union representation has been full of roadblocks by the Dubai-based employer. Now at a critical juncture, longshore workers around the world are encouraged to send messages of support and help London dockers secure a […]

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Panamanian longshore workers join the ILWU

”ILWU supports SITREBALCRI in your fight for good-paying jobs and a fair contract for all workers in the union.” ILWU International President Bob McEllrath led a solidarity delegation to Panama in September 2011, part of an ongoing effort to support maritime workers there. Dockworkers in this photo have since changed their union’s name to […]

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Longshore workers’ grain agreement heralds return to work

News release from the International Transport Workers’ Federation:

United States longshore workers who load grain in Pacific Northwest export terminals voted on 26 August to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with several multinational grain companies.

ITF affiliate the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) had accused the global grain giants of attacking an 80-year-old […]

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MUNZ: TraPac supervisors screamed at crew to 'wash the blood off the deck and carry on' after LA fatality

The following letter was sent this morning from Joe Fleetwood, our union brother and National Secretary of the Maritime Union of New Zealand, to Frank Pisano, Executive Vice President of TraPac regarding a fatality on a ship in Los Angeles. Download the original letter by clicking on the graphic, or scroll down to read the […]

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Big retailers 'full of drama' on eve of contract talks

In an article titled ”Port cargo traffic rises ahead of labor talks,” the OC Register repeats — and challenges — the ”sky is falling” messages that are routinely trotted out by the employers’ side when contract negotiations begin:

”Retailers are always full of drama and sending hysterical, and usually wrong, messages that the sky […]

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Coast Caucus concludes with priorities and a plan for Longshore contract negotiations

ILWU Longshore Caucus Delegates, March 2014

The 90 delegates and dozens of pensioners who gathered in San Francisco for the Coast Longshore Division Caucus concluded their two week meeting on March 7 after adopting an approach to negotiations for a new Longshore & Clerks Contract that expires on June 30.

Resolutions set the agenda

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Murder, death threats and violent thugs accompany ICTSI into Central America

Enrique Razon, CEO of ICTSI, has amassed $4.5 billion in wealth by operating terminals — and exploiting port workers — around the world. He is the 4th richest man in the Philippines, according to Forbes Magazine..

International Container Terminal Services Incorporated (ICTSI) – the rogue employer responsible for flagrant contract violations at the Port […]

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Columbian highlights locked-out longshore workers' international support

This photo provided by the International Transport Workers’ Federation shows ILWU and supporters at Mitsui headquarters in Hong Kong May 10, 2013. Mitsui owns United Grain in Vancouver, WA. The protest of the lockouts also stopped by the Hong Kong offices of Marubeni, owner of Columbia Grain in Portland.

The Columbian newspaper’s June 7 […]

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ILWU Longshore Division sends $20,000 to Hong Kong: 'Dockworkers support each other'

Click to download the original letter

Brother Cheuk-yan:

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 […]

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Port clerical workers settle strike after securing good jobs with outsourcing controls

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 CONTACTS: Craig Merrilees 510-774-5325, Roy San Filippo 213-221-5712

LOS ANGELES, CA — Four hundred and fifty office clerical workers ended their one-week strike to secure good jobs for working families in the harbor community by winning new protections that will help prevent jobs from being outsourced to Texas, […]

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