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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 [...]
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, [...]
The Associated Press reported today on the end of the Office Clerical Unit’s strike at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach:
“I’m really pleased to tell all of you that my 10,000 longshore workers in the ports of LA and Long Beach are going to start moving cargo on these ships,” said Ray [...]
ILWU Coast Longshore Division News release:
Union and employers confirm that the ILWU Local 63 Office Clerical Unit picket line is bona fide and that longshoremen have a right to respect the picket line
SAN PEDRO, CA (November 29, 2012) – The ILWU-PMA Coast Labor Relations Committee that establishes policy and administers the contract between [...]
Port workers may strike big carriers to stop the outsourcing of good jobs
San Pedro, CA – Eight-hundred office and clerical workers employed by international carriers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have decided to strike if companies continue outsourcing good-paying jobs that are critical to the Harbor- area community.
From the Dispatcher at ILWU.org:
Sacramento ship ITF West Coast Coordinator Jeff Engels delivers food stores to crew of the Sider Pink. The combination of solidarity from ILWU Local 18 members, support from the ITF and enforcement action by the U.S. Coast Guard resulted in $14,000 worth of food stores being delivered to the [...]
The IDC unites dockworkers around the globe, including ILWU, seen here represented by International President Robert McEllrath and Vice President (Mainland) Ray Familathe last month.
The International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO plans to affiliate with the worldwide International Dockworkers Council (IDC), according to an announcement by the ILA’s president, Harold J. Daggett.
The IDC is [...]
Pres. McEllrath is the latest in a long line of workers prosecuted by Cowlitz County for labor demonstrations last summer; Local small business owner says County law enforcement should close chapter and focus legal resources on more serious crimes
LONGVIEW, WA (June 30, 2012) — After two days of trial for a simple misdemeanor, [...]
‘In ports throughout the world, there’s very similar situations taking place where longshoremen are fighting for their rights for work that they have historically, traditionally done,’ said ILWU International Vice President Ray Familathe. ‘We stand behind President McEllrath’s statement, that ‘fighting for good jobs should not be a crime,’ and that’s what this is [...]
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. [...]
ILWU VP Ray Familathe with MUNZ President Garry Parsloe, March 2012. Photo by Dawn Des Brisay, ILWU Local 40 President.
Ports of Auckland has agreed to pay some of its unionised workers a week’s wages before a planned lockout on April 6.
An Employment Court judge today heard the company’s “good faith” pledge to [...]
ILWU shows solidarity with MUNZ in New Zealand, March 2012. Photo by Melvin MacKay, ILWU Local 10.
Efforts to recruit a replacement workforce for Auckland’s strike-ridden port have been delayed for at least two more days by a legal challenge from the Maritime Union.
So have other moves by the council-owned port company to [...]
Watch video: “Thousands of Port Workers March”
ILWU Local 10′s Melvin MacKay and MUNZ’ Joe Fleetwood, photographed at Saturday’s rally by MUNZ dockworker Dave Phillips.
ONE News reporter Stephen Smith said around 5000 protesters, including firefighters, meat workers, rest home nurses, even politicians, took to street, yelling slogans such as “workers rights are under attack!” [...]
Watch news video of the rally here
Two thousand people marched in solidarity for the Maritime Union workers who lost their jobs this week and now the Australian Maritime Union have weighed in too – with its members refusing to unload a ship that was worked on by non-union staff in Auckland.
“These guys are [...]
The New Zealand Herald reported in an article called “Port strike backed in NZ and beyond:”
Auckland’s waterfront dispute has spread to other ports and a visiting American unionist yesterday described it as an “international incident”.
“There’s huge international support – I mean this is an international incident at this point,” said International Longshore and [...]