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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.

Jones Act has only minor impact on hurricane relief

From the Ellsworth American:

Calls for its repeal notwithstanding, the Jones Act — a federal law requiring cargo shipped between U.S. ports be carried on vessels built and registered in the United States — is having little, if any, impact on Puerto Rico’s recovery from the ravages of the hurricane that devastated the island last […]

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Congress could use Puerto Rico aid to attack Jones Act and American jobs

From ‘Seafarers fret over new assault on Jones Act in wake of storms’ in Bloomberg News:

“The Jones Act is pretty much the only reason I have a job,” said Brett Cowan, a mariner from California who has been working on boats since he was 13. Changing the Jones Act, he said, “would put […]

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ITF committed to ensuring ICTSI does not extend its emerging patterns of labour violations

Analysis carried out by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has found an emerging pattern of labour rights violations throughout one of the world’s fastest growing stevedoring companies: International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI).

The report, launched by ITF President Paddy Crumlin, shows that labour issues at ICTSI terminals are not limited to current disputes […]

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Maritime, dockworker unions criticize Liberty Marine’s labor switch

Note: Read the full Maritime Labor Alliance release about this jurisdictional violation here

From American Shipper:

A collective of ship and dockworkers unions are protesting a decision by Liberty Maritime to employ deck and engineering officers from another union to operate its newest U.S.-flag ship, rather than those members of its longtime union, the Marine […]

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Sen. Murray says Trump’s NLRB nominees take ‘anti-union, anti-worker’ stands

Excerpts from an article titled ‘NLRB nominees avoid answering tough question’ in Work Day Minnesota:

In a multi-hour exhibition of evasion, President Trump’s two nominees to the National Labor Relations Board spent several hours before the Senate Labor Committee ducking, bobbing and weaving and generally avoiding answering tough labor law questions from the committee’s Democrats.

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McCain wants to get rid of ‘Buy American’ law

From the Phoenix Business Journal:

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has introduced legislation to undo a ‘Buy American’ law that dates back to 1920.

McCain wants Congress to repeal the decades-old Jones Act. The law institutes some rules and regulations on shipping.

That includes regulations on waterborne shipping between two U.S. locations that dictate the […]

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Spanish stevedores reach an agreement with the employers

Note: Translated from a Reuters Madrid article. Read the original in Spanish at this link.

Spanish dockers and port managers on Thursday reached an agreement whereby companies pledged to guarantee full employment in the sector after the liberalization process, and workers withdrew calls for strikes, according to the two parties in a joint statement.

“The […]

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Owners and unions at loggerheads in Spain

From Port Strategy:

The general assembly of the Spanish owners’ association Anesco has voted against accepting a pre-agreement reached with stevedoring unions, claiming it is anti-competitive and in breach of proposed new government legislation, which the unions oppose.

A new proposal will be sent to the trade unions today.

Despite its rejection of the trade […]

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Madagascar dockworkers protest at Parliament as global union warns Africa against partnering with ICTSI

The plight of the Malagasy 43 – dockworkers sacked in Madagascar for standing up for their rights – has reached the highest levels of the Madgascan Government with protests at Parliament and meetings scheduled with Government to try and resolve the dispute.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and local Madagascan union SYGMMA will be […]

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DP World under union microscope

From Port Strategy:

The International Transport Workers’ Federation is to target standards at DP World terminals around the world.

Standards in health and safety, automation and contract labour will be targeted through a newly formed global union alliance formed of 17 unions based in DP World terminals.

The ITF has made this initiative a priority […]

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Strikes cripple Spanish ports

From Politico:

Spain’s more than 6,000 stevedores went on strike Monday, paralyzing the country’s 39 cargo ports, after workers and company bosses failed to agree on job protections following an EU-mandated liberalization of port services.

Nearly all the highly-unionized dockworkers took part in the walkouts, according to the government and the workers.

Prime Minister Mariano […]

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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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MUA and Patrick at battle stations as 'peace deal' looks to be in tatters

Excerpts from the Sydney Morning Herald:

Tension between the Maritime Union of Australia and stevedoring giant Patrick are sharply rising again after the company accused its workers of illegal industrial activity at Sydney’s Port Botany terminal.

A stoush between the union and Patrick will reignite fears of yet another long-running dispute, the worst of […]

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Levi’s drawn into growing Madagascan dockworkers dispute after ICTSI firings

International clothing company Levi Strauss and Co. is under pressure to help end the exploitation of Madagascan dockworkers as the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) calls on the company to stop the labour rights double standard.

The union is launching a major report, Levi’s: End the Double Standard in your Supply Chain highlighting Levi’s […]

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OMSA fires back at ‘erroneous’ and ‘misguided’ report on Jones Act changes

From gCaptain:

The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) has issued a statement in response to what it calls “erroneous claims and misguided research” by the American Petroleum Institute in relation to the Customs and Border Protection Agency’s (CBP) proposed modifications to rulings related to the use of Jones Act vessels in the offshore oil […]

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