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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.

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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New drayage trucking company to hire drivers as employees and promote ‘labor peace’ at ports

From the Long Beach Post:

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, port truck drivers, business and labor leaders and environmental groups announced Monday the formation of Eco Flow Transportation, a company that will hire all drivers as employees instead of independent contractors and focus on improving air quality through the Port of Los Angeles and Port […]

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Trucker strike at ports of L.A. and Long Beach ends

Striking truck drivers from two companies agreed Friday to return to work, organizers said, ending a nine-day trucker protest at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The two struck companies — Pacer International Inc. and Harbor Rail Transport — said in statements that they would not retaliate against drivers who walked off the […]

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Port of L.A. truck drivers say they are ready to strike again

Port truck drivers urged the Harbor Commission Friday to take steps against companies they allege have been misclassifying them as independent contractors, stealing wages and firing dozens of workers in retaliation, while the Port of Los Angeles’s top official promised solutions are on the way.

Truck drivers told Harbor Commissioners they were ready to begin […]

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Trucker strike at LA/LB ports ends; harbor commission will investigate allegations

More than a 120 striking truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach voted to return to work Friday, ending a five-day protest that briefly halted cargo flows at the ports, organizers said. The drivers decided late Friday to end their job action against three firms they accuse of widespread workplace violations. […]

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Tesoro-Savage says it wants Teamsters instead of ILWU at proposed oil terminal in Vancouver, WA

In an article titled ‘Mistrust, disagreement over oil terminal plan aired at meeting,’ The Columbian reports:

In July, 46 people were killed and a town destroyed when an oil train exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada. Several accidents have happened since then in North Dakota, Alabama and Virginia.

Mistrust and disagreement on the risks and benefits […]

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JOC series paints picture of drayage crisis

The JOC says the recent truckers’ strike in Vancouver, BC, ‘served as the flashpoint of an emerging drayage crisis that’s adding hundreds of millions of dollars to shipping costs and threatening the growth of intermodal commerce’ and concludes that ‘any solution to the drayage problem will require cooperation among terminal operators, longshore labor, chassis […]

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Port workers in 10 nations taking on IKEA

Port unions in 10 nations, including the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, demonstrated Dec. 17 against multinational furniture giant Ikea’s lockout of 350 Teamsters workers from its Richmond, British Columbia, store since May 13.

The protests, arranged by the London-based International Transport Workers Federation, occurred in Tokyo, Rotterdam, Holland, Vancouver, B.C., Gothenburg, Sweden, Helsinki, […]

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AFL-CIO: No Solidarity Charters for ILWU

Excerpts from Labor Notes:

As the AFL-CIO prepares for a convention where leaders say the goal is unprecedented solidarity with organizations outside the labor movement, the federation is turning its back on some inside the house of labor. Leaders have ruled that locals of the West Coast Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) cannot seek “solidarity […]

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Unions To White House On Obamacare, Taft-Hartley Plans: 'You Made The Problem, You Fix It'

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Signaling a growing rift between some unions and the White House over the Affordable Care Act, the Nevada State AFL-CIO passed a stinging resolution Wednesday that criticized the administration for […]

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Hoffa: Congress Shouldn’t Outsource Its Trade Negotiating Authority

Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa wrote the following opinion piece in the Huffington Post:

The looming Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is potentially the biggest so-called “free trade” agreement in the world. And you’ve probably never heard about it.

TPP negotiations are being held in secret. Right now. Behind closed doors. Even the U.S. Congress, which […]

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Teamsters say Management Costs Should be Considered in ABF Contract Negotiations

In an article called ‘Labor Costs Loom Large in Teamsters-ABF Talks,’ the Journal of Commerce reports:

The Teamsters union says it is willing to discuss labor costs when contract talks with ABF Freight System begin — but not just union labor costs.

“Analysts and ABF management have focused almost entirely on Teamster labor costs, but […]

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Protesters Seek Openness at Pacific-Region Trade Pact Talks

Transparency has become an issue of the Pacific-region talks, with consumer, labor and environmental groups siding with some U.S. lawmakers who want participants to make their positions public.

Dozens of groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and International Brotherhood of Teamsters met with negotiators during Pacific-region trade talks in Leesburg, Virginia, as protesters called […]

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Canada to Legislate on Monday End of Canadian Pacific Strike

The Journal of Commerce reported today:

The Canadian government plans to introduce legislation on Monday that would end a rail strike at Canadian Pacific Railway.

Labor Minister Lisa Raitt said the government would introduce the Restoring Rail Services Act when the House of Commons returns from a one-week break May 28. CP rail service in […]

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Short-haul truckers end Port of Seattle walkout

Feb. 15: Around 400 short-haul truckers working at the Port of Seattle have ended a walkout after two weeks.

Talks between truckers and port leaders will continue, including discussion of safety issues involving the freight-company-owned trucks that the drivers use. Several trucking firms have already agreed to concessions to the truckers, including pay raises, according […]

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