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  • With contract deadline expired, ILWU and PMA are expected to keep talking (West Coast port strike?)

    07/01/2014 7:10:26 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman
    Logistics Management ^ | 1 July 2014 | Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
    As the calendar turns to July today, summer is fully intact, but the West Coast ports labor situation is still apparently chilly. With the deadline for labor contract negotiations between ILWU (the International Longshore Warehouse Union) and the Pacific Maritime Association arriving aft midnight last night, the current status remains in flux as neither party is publicly commenting on their talks, which have been ongoing since May 12. The ILWU represents nearly 14,000 port workers in California, Oregon, and Washington, with more than 40 percent of U.S. incoming container traffic moving through West Coast ports at the Ports of Los...
  • The only Socialist TeaParty Organization in the country.

    03/01/2014 10:04:26 AM PST · by Eva · 12 replies
    Save Whatcom ^ | 3/1/2014 | Eva
    This is a link to a posting that appeared on my Facebook Page this morning from a Republican Affiliated / Libertarian affiliated group that was organized to support the Gateway Pacific Coal terminal. I don't know how to post a picture, but it is the GIF on the page that is of interest. It is a picture of the socialist fist over a housing development. The group, Save Whatcom uses variations of a green fist, rather than the red fist, but it is still a fist. http://whatcomteaparty.org/attention-local-land-owners-and-well-owners-part-two/
  • Longshore Union Quits the AFL-CIO (It's a sign of things to come)

    09/01/2013 6:48:21 PM PDT · by carlo3b · 43 replies
    LABORNOTES ^ | 08/31/2013 | Mark Brenner
    Longshore Union Quits the AFL-CIO In a surprise move, the 40,000-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union announced its disaffiliation from the AFL-CIO yesterday. The news comes just a week before the federation is set to hold its national convention in Los Angeles, the nation’s biggest port and an ILWU stronghold.. The ILWU, known for its militant traditions and progressive politics, has been drawn into turf wars with other unions in recent years—particularly in the grain export terminals of the Pacific Northwest, where longshore workers have been locked in a high-stakes battle over master contract standards since 2011. - See more...
  • NW grain terminal lockout pits ILWU against strikebreakers(private sector leverage)

    12/23/2012 5:52:24 PM PST · by Be Careful · 7 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 12/23/12 | Richard Read
    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 to keep grain ships docking. In a provocative move, a California company has moored the tugs on the Willamette River near longshore Local 8's Northwest Portland union hall. Quietly, owners of Portland, Vancouver and Puget Sound terminals have spent months preparing for a battle royal on the waterfront, lining up troops and assets like chess pieces. The agribusiness giants have laid legal groundwork for...
  • Report: Obama admin sends Coast Guard to protect ships from violent union members, occupiers

    01/12/2012 12:22:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/12/12 | Matthew Boyle
    United States Coast Guard. Image by U.S. Coast Guard President Barack Obama’s administration has ordered the United States Coast Guard to protect grain ships at the Port of Longview from violent “Occupy” protesters and dockworker union members, according to a local news report. The Daily News in Longview, Wash., reported that the Coast Guard will protect a grain shipment from an onslaught of “Occupy” protesters and members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). The ship will be transporting grain to Asia. A date for the shipment has not yet been set. The group of leftwing activists had shut...
  • ILWU President McEllrath releases solidarty statement in support of 'Occupy Wall Street'(FLASHBACK)

    12/10/2011 9:49:48 AM PST · by mdittmar · 5 replies
    International Longshore and Warehouse Union ^ | October 5, 2011 | International Longshore and Warehouse Union
    Dear Sisters and Brothers,On behalf of 40,000 members in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), I want to thank you for organizing your “Occupy Wall Street” protest in New York City which is inspiring millions of Americans.Most of us are tired of seeing a handful of the richest corporations and executives behave as though they’re entitled to live like kings at everyone’s expense:They aren’t paying their fair share of taxes, so schools are cutting back and colleges are raising fees – leaving students with obscene debts.  It’s time for the millionaires – the richest 1% – to start paying...
  • Longshore union fined $250,000, Federal judge may also fine union members

    09/30/2011 4:18:35 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 16 replies
    The Columbian ^ | September 30, 2011 | Mike Baker
    <p>TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge fined a Longshore union $250,000 on Friday for its tactics in a Longview labor dispute, and he warned that individual protesters could face their own penalties for future violations of his orders.</p> <p>U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton has already held the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in contempt for blocking a train and storming a grain terminal earlier this month. Authorities have said the protesters overpowered security guards, damaged railroad cars and dumped grain.</p>
  • Judge fines Longshore union $250,000 over labor tactics (WA)

    09/30/2011 10:43:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Oregonian ^ | September 30, 2011 | AP
    A federal judge has fined a Longshore union $250,000 for its tactics in a Longview labor dispute. ~snip~ Leighton says he rounded down to be cautious and ordered additional penalties for future violations.
  • Repulsive: Richard Trumka's Hyper-Political 9/11 Essay

    09/10/2011 12:29:29 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 9/9/11 | Guy Benson
    As you read this 9/11 "memorial" missive to rank-and-file union members, bear in mind that its author -- AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka -- was an honored presidential guest at last night's campaign rally disguised as a "jobs speech." This is much, much more offensive than Jimmy Hoffa, Jr.'s juvenile "SOB's" slur on Monday. Without further ado, I present top White House ally Richard Trumka's reflections on the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001 (emphasis mine): All of us will remember the horror and anguish we experienced 10 years ago. Whether we lost loved ones ourselves—family members, union brothers and sisters—or...
  • "You Want Your F---ing Camera Broken?"

    09/10/2011 12:35:19 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 9/9/11 | Guy Benson
    Between Richard Trumka's special invitation to the president's "jobs speech," his despicable AFL-CIO 9/11 "tribute" essay, and the AFL-CIO affiliated ILWU's riot and hostage-taking in Washington State, we've been discussing organized labor quite a lot this week. Luckily for the embattled unions, a reporter from Portland, Oregon-based KGW-TV ventured over to the local ILWU headquarters to cover their side of the story. A friendly, staid, and eloquent employee greeted the news crew and calmly explained the situation. Just kidding. He went ballistic, screeching every profane slur in the book, and threatening to commit physical assault and destroy their equipment. *Extreme*...
  • Cowlitz County sheriff Friday posts bulletin about alleged crimes of union protesters

    09/09/2011 9:28:42 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 44 replies · 1+ views
    The Columbian ^ | 9/9/2-11 | Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office
    News Release from: Cowlitz Co. (WA) Sheriff's Office SHERIFF GIVES MORE INFO ON PROTEST INCIDENT-CAR JACKING Posted: September 9th, 2011 6:01 PM Kelso, WA - With officers far outnumbered by protesters, Sheriff's deputies, police officers and Washington State Patrol troopers had to back off to a defensive position during Wednesday's ILWU rally due to threats to their safety. "Our teams of 4 or 5 officers were confronted by baseball bat and axe handle wielding protesters." Said Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson. "They had their protest signs attached to bats and axe handles. When we attempted to make simple, misdemeanor arrests...
  • Longshoreman assaults media: ‘Get the [edit] out of this parking lot right now’ (Video)

    09/09/2011 12:08:58 PM PDT · by RabidBartender · 96 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/9/11 | Matthew Boyle
    <p>A member of a Pacific Northwest longshoreman’s union verbally attacked a news crew that showed up at the union’s local headquarters in Longview, Washington. The assault was captured on a video that hit YouTube Friday morning.</p> <p>“I’m from KGW and I wanted to know if there was anyone here who would want to talk to us about the situation,” a Portland, Ore. television correspondent is seen asking while knocking on the building’s door.</p>
  • Longshoremen storm Longview port, hold security guards hostage

    09/08/2011 1:03:30 PM PDT · by blueyon · 96 replies
    AP and Loinlocal6 ^ | 9/08/2011 | AP
    LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of Longshore workers stormed the Port of Longview early Thursday, overpowered and held security guards, damaged railroad cars, and dumped grain that is the center of a labor dispute, said Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha. Six guards were detained for a couple of hours after 500 or more Longshoremen broke down gates about 4:30 a.m. and smashed windows in the guard shack, he said. No one was hurt, and nobody has been arrested. Most of the protesters returned to their union hall after cutting brake lines and spilling grain from car at the EGT terminal,...
  • Protesters storm EGT grain terminal in Washington state (local ILWU chapter Gone Wild!)

    09/08/2011 12:42:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies
    Yhaoo ^ | 9/8/11 | Karl Plume - Reuters
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - More than 500 protesting port workers stormed the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview, Washington, on Thursday and damaged railcars and other property, Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha said. The incident came a day after several of Longshoremen were arrested after blocking a train from arriving at the newly constructed facility owned by EGT, LLC, which is a joint venture of Bunge Ltd, ITOCHU International Inc and STX Pan Ocean Inc. Early on Thursday, the protesters stormed the EGT facility, smashed guard shack windows, pushed a security vehicle into a ditch, cut brake lines on...
  • Union vs. Union Fight [International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU -Vs- OE, Local 701)

    09/08/2011 12:28:18 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 11 replies
    openmarket.org ^ | Sept 8 2011 | by Ivan Osorio
    A band I was in years ago had a song titled, “Sheet Rockers vs. Aluminum Siders,” about a fight our singer saw at work on a construction site. I was reminded of it earlier today, when members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) stormed the Port of Longview, Washington, where they held security guards hostage, blocked a train, and destroyed property, damaging railroad cars and dumping grain. They were protesting the hiring at a grain terminal by the employer, EGT, of a contractor employing workers belonging to a different union, the Operating Engineers. Such union turf battles are...
  • Tempers Flare At Port Of Oakland [+ Video]

    12/27/2008 5:04:38 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 13 replies · 926+ views
    KTVU ^ | December 26, 2008
    OAKLAND -- Bay area longshoremen were up in arms Friday night when they were denied work at one of Oakland's cargo terminals. The cargo ship, the Zhen Hua 19, pulled into Oakland's Pier Seven and on board was tons of steel slated to be used for the new Bay Bridge. Caltrans decided not to hire the ILWU Local 10 longshoremen to unload the vessel, a decision that angered some local union members.
  • Arbitrator steps in to avoid West Coast slowdown (ILWU)

    04/30/2008 9:55:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies · 58+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | April 30, 2008 | AP
    LOS ANGELES -- An arbitrator has ordered the union that represents dockworkers at West Coast ports to tell members they must report to work Thursday and not take the day off to protest U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. A wide enough walkout could cause a slowdown at West Coast ports -- the nation's major gateway for cargo from the Far East. Arbitrator John Kagel issued his decision today after holding a hearing by phone with the employers' group, Pacific Maritime Association, and International Longshore and Warehouse Union, according to a document outlining the ruling. The union previously asked...
  • Longshoremen back to their Commie Roots

    04/30/2008 10:19:23 AM PDT · by PanzerKardinal · 24 replies · 116+ views
    Logistics Management ^ | March 12, 2008 | Patrick Burnson
    The ILWU: Back to its Marxist Roots March 12, 2008 At a time when even Russia and China are rejecting their Marxist past, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union still plans on celebrating the birth of communism by taking “May Day” off. These are people, by the way, who earn six-figure incomes, generous benefits, and pensions for putting in fewer hours on the job than their dock-working comrades anywhere in the world. That measure of failed solidarity notwithstanding, the ILWU is also asking the AFL-CIO to join them in the work stoppage. Is it any wonder why many shippers are...
  • Clash ahead over longshore union war protest (West coast)

    04/26/2008 9:27:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies · 117+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | April 26, 2008 | George Raine
    Members of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union are proceeding with plans for a work stoppage at 29 West Coast ports on May 1 to protest the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, despite the fact that union leadership has withdrawn its request to waterfront employers that they accommodate closure of the ports. Planning for the protest began in February when the Longshore Caucus, the highest decision-making body for the 25,000 members of the longshore division within the ILWU, overwhelmingly approved a resolution in support of a day of protest. According to its contract, the ILWU is entitled to schedule a...
  • ILWU to Shut Down West Coast Ports on Socialist Holiday (Protest of Iraq, Afghan Wars)

    03/12/2008 6:16:41 PM PDT · by kristinn · 24 replies · 1,907+ views
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, March 12, 2008 | Matt Smith
    Arriving in the Port of Oakland at 6 a.m. last Thursday, the grey-blue colossus auto carrier Century Highway No. 3 carries enough cars to fill all the parking lots surrounding the Giants stadium — a mere fraction of the average 368 million annual tons of autos, toys, and other goods moving through the 29 ports along America's Pacific coast. Could there be a force of man or nature powerful enough to interrupt this perpetual merchandise tsunami? Would you believe — San Francisco radical peaceniks? On May 1, the usually bustling ports along the West Coast will become still, as members...
  • ILWU to Shut Down West Coast Ports May 1 Demanding End to War in Iraq, Afghanistan (Maybe)

    03/07/2008 4:54:00 AM PST · by tlb · 34 replies · 207+ views
    Atlantic Free Press ^ | 06 March 2008 | Steven Argue
    In a major step for the U.S. labor movement, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has announced that it will shut down West Coast ports on May 1, to demand an immediate end to the war and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan and the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Middle East. In a February 22 letter to AFL-CIO president John Sweeney, ILWU International president Robert McEllrath reported that at a recent coast-wide union meeting, "One of the resolutions adopted by caucus delegates called on longshore workers to stop work during the day shift on May 1, 2008 to...
  • Longshoremen 'Heart' Striking Writers

    11/21/2007 11:38:31 AM PST · by Argus · 19 replies · 167+ views
    LA Weekly ^ | 11/21/07 | Nikki Finke
    The WGA announced Tuesday that the International Longshore Warehouse Union sent the hardest hit striking WGA members 60-pound holiday food baskets with frozen turkeys and other Thanksgiving fixings. ILWU member Chris Bradley said they were paid for by the rank-and-file. The WGA called the baskets "Capra-esque".
  • Feds call Rodrigues dangerous

    11/29/2002 2:32:51 PM PST · by Vidalia · 1 replies · 233+ views
    honolulu Star Bulletin ^ | Thursday, November 28, 2002 | Debra Barayuga
    The federal government wants convicted union leader Gary Rodrigues held without bail pending sentencing, saying he poses a danger to federal prosecutors and to the community. In a motion filed Tuesday but unsealed yesterday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Florence Nakakuni said that behavior and statements directed at the prosecution team by Rodrigues and his daughter Kauai police officer Shelly Rodrigues-Bonachita, on Nov. 19 after the jury returned with guilty verdicts "were perceived as threats." Those statements and a belief by Rodrigues' supporters that a federal prosecutor has a "personal vendetta" against Rodrigues are evidence of the threat he presents to the...
  • Matson to raise rates as much as 13 percent

    11/27/2002 12:49:27 PM PST · by Vidalia · 2 replies · 150+ views
    Honolulu Advertiser ^ | Wednesday, November 27, 2002 | Dan Nakaso
    <p>Hawai'i's leading shipping company plans to boost Island cargo charges next year by what could be as much as 13 percent in some cases, imposing a new $200 fee to bring each container of goods into the Islands and another $100 to ship freight out.</p>
  • Coast dock dispute settled

    11/24/2002 8:44:09 AM PST · by Vidalia · 1 replies · 213+ views
    Honolulu Advertiser ^ | Sunday, November 24, 2002 | Leigh Strope
    <p>WASHINGTON — West Coast dockworkers and shipping companies reached a tentative six-year contract agreement early today, potentially ending a long, caustic labor dispute that closed the ports and prompted presidential intervention.</p> <p>Chief federal mediator Peter Hurtgen praised both sides, saying lead negotiators in San Francisco "demonstrated statesmenlike leadership, which made this agreement possible."</p>
  • Hawaii shippers say goods are moving slowly

    10/27/2002 1:05:06 PM PST · by Vidalia · 1 replies · 180+ views
    Honolulu Star Bulletin ^ | Saturday, October 26, 2002 | Russ Lynch
    The lag on the West Coast has brought a major slowdown in cargo movements to Hawaii, where merchants are used to clockwork-precision deliveries. After the ILWU went back to work, it was taking four or five days to get the labor they needed on the West Coast to work the ships; now it is more like 10 days, said a Matson Navigation Co. spokesman in San Francisco, Jeff Hull. The turnaround time for ships, normally two days, is dragging toward two weeks, he said. But there are still ships coming to Hawaii with freight, Hull said. Matson will have four...
  • Ship from L.A. resumes flow of cargo to Hawai'i

    10/06/2002 10:16:08 PM PDT · by Vidalia · 4 replies · 233+ views
    Honolulu Advertiser ^ | Sunday, October 6, 2002 | Karen Blakeman
    <p>The Consumer, a CSX Lines ship loaded with food, paper products and other necessities of life on an isolated Pacific island is to depart Los Angeles and set sail for Hawai'i this morning, shipping officials said yesterday.</p> <p>Despite labor tensions and an ongoing lockout of union workers at West Coast harbors, an exemption granted the 50th state late Friday has opened the gates for at least a half-dozen ships to load up and head across the Pacific this week.</p>
  • Hawai'i cargo to flow again in dock waiver

    10/05/2002 10:30:41 PM PDT · by Vidalia · 4 replies · 245+ views
    Honolulu Advertiser ^ | Saturday, October 5, 2002 | Karen Blakeman
    <p>Hawai'i has received an exemption to the port shutdown that has paralyzed the West Coast, and dockworkers will begin loading ships with cargo bound for the Islands today.</p> <p>Yesterday's developments: • A federal mediator shuttled between representatives of dockworkers and management at a San Francisco hotel, with talks expected to go through the weekend.</p>
  • Dockworker talks break down on West Coast

    09/02/2002 11:50:46 AM PDT · by Vidalia · 7 replies · 204+ views
    Honolulu Advertiser | Monday, September 2, 2002 | Justin Pritchard
    OAKLAND, Calif. — Shipping lines and the dockworkers union said yesterday that talks on a new contract have broken down, raising the possibility of labor disruptions at West Coast ports later this week. Each side gave different reasons for the impasse, but its effect is clear — as of last night, there will be no contract covering the dockworkers who handle the booming Pacific Rim trade at 29 major West Coast ports. The break means that the 10,500 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union can stage work slowdowns. If they do, the shipping lines that employ them say...