Corporate subsidies for anti-union employers: are taxpayers are being hosed in Coos Bay?

Corporate subsidies for anti-union employers: are taxpayers are being hosed in Coos Bay?

For the past several months, Local 12 members and supporters have been picketing whenever non-union barges arrive at the Southport Forest Products dock in North Bend, Oregon – a waterfront employer who’s trying to operate without the ILWU. Machine guns “The weather is sometimes nasty, but that doesn’t stop us,” said Local 12 Secretary-Treasurer Gene [&hellip

Longshore Caucus meets to review status of contract talks

Longshore Caucus meets to review status of contract talks

When the Coast Longshore Caucus recessed last July, most delegates assumed the contract with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) would be put to bed before Christmas. Instead, delegates who gathered in San Francisco on December 15 heard a sobering report from ILWU International President Bob McEllrath. “We’re now entering our 8th month of talks, which [&hellip

SoCal ILWU members donate 15,000 Thanksgiving meals

SoCal ILWU members donate 15,000 Thanksgiving meals

The ILWU is an active part of this community and we are committed to helping to make sure that those who have fallen on hard times can still enjoy Thanksgiving with their families

Recyclers score two victories with support from ILWU & community

Recyclers score two victories with support from ILWU & community

During the final days of October, two groups of Northern California recycling workers decided that they would no longer tolerate indignities and discrimination from their employers. One group voted overwhelmingly to join the ILWU. Another group – already members of ILWU Local 6 – walked off their jobs for a week-long strike. Striking for respect [&hellip

Port of Anacortes contract fight expands

Port of Anacortes contract fight expands

“Port of Anacortes: blowing your tax dollars, unfair to maintenance workers, accountability now!”


Helping Our Community

SoCal ILWU members donate 15,000 Thanksgiving meals

SoCal ILWU members donate 15,000 Thanksgiving meals

The ILWU is an active part of this community and we are committed to helping to make sure that those who have fallen on hard times can still enjoy Thanksgiving with their families

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Fighting for Good Jobs

Longshore Caucus meets to review status of contract talks

Longshore Caucus meets to review status of contract talks

When the Coast Longshore Caucus recessed last July, most delegates assumed the contract with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) would be put to bed before Christmas. Instead, delegates who gathered in San Francisco on December 15 heard a sobering report from ILWU International President Bob McEllrath. “We’re now entering our 8th month of talks, which [&hellip

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Solidarity

Solidarity visit from the International Dockworkers Council (IDC)

Solidarity visit from the International Dockworkers Council (IDC)

The ILWU Negotiating Committee was honored to receive a solidarity visit from leaders of the International Dockworkers Council (IDC) on December 17. IDC General Coordinator Jordi Aragunde and Office Coordinator Susana Busquets addressed the ILWU Committee and pledged to “mobilize the IDC’s network of support and organization to help the ILWU win this important contract [&hellip

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Remembering Our History

The Legend of Carlos Bulosan

The Legend of Carlos Bulosan

A growing number of social justice activists are coming to admire and respect the contributions made by Carlos Bulosan, despite the fact that many are still unaware of the contributions from this remarkable man and important union leader who excelled as a gifted writer, poet and activist. America is in the heart Carlos Sampayan Bulosan [&hellip

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Recent Articles

PMA officials admit today that West Coast congestion crisis has been caused by managerial mistakes and not primarily due to dockworkers

The PMA made it clear in the negotiating session that they were not blaming union workers for the primary causes of the congestion crisis

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The Legend of Carlos Bulosan

The Legend of Carlos Bulosan

A growing number of social justice activists are coming to admire and respect the contributions made by Carlos Bulosan, despite the fact that many are still unaware of the contributions from this remarkable man and important union leader who excelled as a gifted writer, poet and activist. America is in the heart Carlos Sampayan Bulosan [&hellip

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Solidarity visit from the International Dockworkers Council (IDC)

Solidarity visit from the International Dockworkers Council (IDC)

The ILWU Negotiating Committee was honored to receive a solidarity visit from leaders of the International Dockworkers Council (IDC) on December 17. IDC General Coordinator Jordi Aragunde and Office Coordinator Susana Busquets addressed the ILWU Committee and pledged to “mobilize the IDC’s network of support and organization to help the ILWU win this important contract [&hellip

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Corporate subsidies for anti-union employers: are taxpayers are being hosed in Coos Bay?

Corporate subsidies for anti-union employers: are taxpayers are being hosed in Coos Bay?

For the past several months, Local 12 members and supporters have been picketing whenever non-union barges arrive at the Southport Forest Products dock in North Bend, Oregon – a waterfront employer who’s trying to operate without the ILWU. Machine guns “The weather is sometimes nasty, but that doesn’t stop us,” said Local 12 Secretary-Treasurer Gene [&hellip

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PMA member carriers needed at negotiating table

ILWU calls for the direct participation of key PMA decision makers in negotiations

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Longshore Caucus meets to review status of contract talks

Longshore Caucus meets to review status of contract talks

When the Coast Longshore Caucus recessed last July, most delegates assumed the contract with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) would be put to bed before Christmas. Instead, delegates who gathered in San Francisco on December 15 heard a sobering report from ILWU International President Bob McEllrath. “We’re now entering our 8th month of talks, which [&hellip

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November election results: mixed for working families

November election results: mixed for working families

long the West Coast, ILWU members lost some friends – but also scored some gains that could bear fruit for union members in the coming years

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SoCal ILWU members donate 15,000 Thanksgiving meals

SoCal ILWU members donate 15,000 Thanksgiving meals

The ILWU is an active part of this community and we are committed to helping to make sure that those who have fallen on hard times can still enjoy Thanksgiving with their families

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Port congestion problem: experts see no quick solution

As this issue of The Dispatcher was going to press in late November, longshore contract talks continued to be productive through the Thanksgiving holiday and were scheduled to immediately resume an intensive schedule in December. One issue impacting the talks is port congestion. Peddling fear Despite the fact that progress is being made on key [&hellip

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Recyclers score two victories with support from ILWU & community

Recyclers score two victories with support from ILWU & community

During the final days of October, two groups of Northern California recycling workers decided that they would no longer tolerate indignities and discrimination from their employers. One group voted overwhelmingly to join the ILWU. Another group – already members of ILWU Local 6 – walked off their jobs for a week-long strike. Striking for respect [&hellip

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