[A PDF of the following letter is available at this link]
August 29, 2013
President Richard Trumka AFL-CIO 815 16th Street, NW Washington, DC 20006
Re: ILWU Disaffiliation
It is with regret but resolve that we have come to the point where the International Longshore and Warehouse [...]
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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%
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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 [...]
Several hundred ILWU members and supporters marched to Mitsui-United Grain’s Vancouver headquarters on March 8, 2013, led by International President Robert McEllrath and International Vice President Ray Familathe. Photo by Jared Moultrie, ILWU Local 4.
The following text is excerpted from the Columbian:
Several hundred people rallied Friday morning at Esther Short Park to [...]
Union head says Mitsui is ‘profiting from the United States’ infrastructure, natural resources and labor’ yet breaking U.S. law with its lockout
VANCOUVER, WA (MARCH 5, 2013) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 4 has filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge against Mitsui-United Grain for the company’s lockout of its workforce at the [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 27, 2013 CONTACTS: Jennifer Sargent, ILWU, 503-703-2933 Mark Klein, TEMCO, 952-742-6211
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Locals 23, 21, 19, 8 and 4 and U.S.-based grain company TEMCO, LLC today jointly announced that they have respectively ratified a 5-year interim collective bargaining agreement covering three TEMCO grain export facilities [...]
From the ILWU Dispatcher:
Long road to victory: After a decade of struggle, workers at the Pacific Beach Hotel won their first contract agreement.
It was early in the afternoon of December 29, 2012 at the Pacific Beach Hotel – site of countless rallies and demonstrations led by Local 142. But on this day, [...]
Joint news release from Sen. Merkeley and Congressman Jim McDermott:
WASHINGTON, DC – Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Washington Congressman Jim McDermott today were joined by ten of their colleagues from Oregon and Washington to call for continuing negotiations and a fair and amicable settlement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 CONTACTS: Craig Merrilees 510-774-5325, Roy San Filippo 213-221-5712
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The Maritime Union held its 4th Triennial Conference in Wellington from Tuesday 6 November to Friday 9 November.
Maritime Union of New Zealand General Secretary Joe Fleetwood says the Conference concludes a three year period of intense activity for the Union.
He says that the Ports of Auckland dispute had been on the agenda, along [...]
From the International Longshoremen’s Association web site:
The ILA published this photo and article in support of ILWU President Robert McEllrath, pictured here with supporters from global maritime unions.
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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 [...]
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The ITF has expressed its strong backing for Robert McEllrath, international president of the ILWU, [...]
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