On February 27, 2013, two hundred men and women of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 4 in Vancouver, Washington, were locked out of their jobs by United Grain Corp, which is owned by major Japanese conglomerate Mitsui. Mitsui-United Grain has failed to negotiate in good faith with the ILWU, and [...]
In an article called ‘Northwest grain terminal lockout would pit longshoremen against strikebreakers they call scabs,’ the Oregonian writes:
Scores of out-of-state strikebreakers wait on high alert in Northwest hotel rooms, ready to replace longshoremen in case of a lockout at grain terminals.
Three fully crewed, non-union tugboats protected by armed guards stand by, prepared [...]
The Employment Relations Authority has fined the Ports of Auckland $40,000 for illegally employing strike breaking contractors during industrial action at the Port earlier this year.
Ports of Auckland Limited (POAL) broke the law when they employed an overseas engineer at the cost of $10,000 a week to undertake the work of MUNZ members.
Economics students at the National Autonomous University of Mexico march from the Plaza of Three Cultures to the Zocalo to protest a proposed labor law reform and to mark the anniversary of the October 2, 1968 massacre. From In These Times.
Labor writer and photographer David Bacon wrote the following article for In These [...]
Eliminating Davis Bacon? Implementing Right-to-work-for-less? Bashing “Union CEO Bosses” and “Old-school liberals”? It’s all in there and more. Click on the image above or on this link to see what Mitt Romney thinks of workers’ unions.
Union longshore workers from many Atlantic Coast District Ports are joining forces outside the United States Marine Barracks in Washington, DC to protest the loss of handling military cargo at the Port of Charleston, South Carolina. Hundreds more members of the International Longshoremen’s Association are also picketing simultaneously at the Port of Charleston.
Both demonstrations [...]
Another good piece from author and photographer David Bacon in Working In These Times:
Oakland is supposed to be a union town, but out at the Oakland airport, workers say they’re getting fired for trying to join one. The airport is administered by the Oakland Port Commission, whose members, appointed by the Mayor, are mostly [...]
Costa Rica Caribbean ports of Moín and Alemán, in the province of Limón, continued to be paralyzed since Tuesday by a strike protesting government attempts to grant an exclusive concession, to Dutch Transnational APM Terminals for loading and unloading at a new pier.
In the early hours of this morning (Thursday) police were called [...]
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust handles more than 55% of India’s container cargo and has three terminals at its facility. JNPT operates one container terminal, while DP World and APM Terminals operate the other two. The strike is at the APM Terminal, shown here before the strike, due to the hiring of ‘outsiders.’
Private container [...]
Protest Against Mexican Government Anti-Labor Repression
“The experience of the past privatizations, including even those in the U.S., is that private owners invest their money to make a profit, not to provide a service. That affects the users of services, because the rates they pay go up while the quality of the services provided [...]
Major points of contention in the strike are pensions, certain work rules and fatigue management.
Canada introduced legislation Monday to force striking Canadian Pacific Railway workers back to their jobs after talks stalled over the weekend, the country’s labor minister said Monday.
Locomotive engineers and conductors went on strike Wednesday, shutting down freight service [...]
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 [...]
Economic fallout is likely to linger for months from Auckland’s port dispute – but international union leaders say the effect on New Zealand products could have been immeasurably worse.
Visiting International Transport Federation dockers’ division secretary Frank Leys says even without formal bans against Kiwi goods, an enduring stigma would have settled over the New [...]
Auckland port workers have won a court injunction against having their jobs contracted out until mid-May, but with no guarantee of being allowed back on the wharves.
The port company has also undertaken to pay eight days’ wages tomorrow to permanent staff who voted last Thursday to end a four-week strike but have not [...]
A Ports of Auckland manager who was at the bargaining table with the Maritime Union has been linked to a company hiring non-union wharfies.
The man has allegedly been recruiting staff for a new company, Pacific Crew Holdings Ltd, which was registered with the Companies Office on February 27.
The timing of the new company [...]