The LWC is a movement of ILA members and retirees organizing to build a stronger and more democratic longshore union.


Pickets Return to Phily, Negotiations with USMX ILA

LWC, The Port Report, News - No Comments » - Posted on September, 29 at 4:41 pm

In a dramatic turn around, the major carriers and shipping lines have agreed to participate in the negotiations to resolve the loss of jobs in Philadelphia.
The wildcat sympathy strike ended this afternoon when the rank and file pickets from Philadelphia returned home.
For two days NY-NJ ILA members defied a federal court injunction, restraining order and […]

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Port Manatee workers support Philadelphia ILA

The Port Report, News - No Comments » - Posted on September, 29 at 12:38 pm

According to a flyer circulating in Manatee Florida by the “Committee On Keeping Del Monte Union” workers there had similar problems and are pledging to stand with the Philadelphia ILA Local 1291 members.
In 2003 Del Monte made an attempt to bust the union in Port Manatee by using the same tactics that it has used […]

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Port of NY Shut down: Rank and file stop work in sympathy with Philadelphia

The Port Report, News - No Comments » - Posted on September, 29 at 11:36 am

In an act of unity, ILA members in NY-NJ honored the picket lines in solidarity with their brothers and sisters in Philadelphia, grinding commerce to halt. NY-NJ is the largest port on the US East and Gulf Coast with 3,600 ILA dockworkers.
Last week, 200+ Philadelphia dockworkers lost their jobs when […]

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Del Monte Danger in Philadelphia - ILA 1291 Reaches Out

The Port Report, News - 1 Comment » - Posted on September, 15 at 2:50 pm

On Labor Day, ILA Local 1291 staged a demonstration dumping Del Monte pineapples into the Delaware River. On October 1st, 2010 Del Monte fruit company plans to move its banana operation to a non-ILA pier controlled by Holt logistics. This could cost the ILA in Philadelphia between […]

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Automation Deal in Jacksonville - Less ILA Jobs

The Port Report, Organizing in Logistics, New Technology, News - No Comments » - Posted on September, 15 at 2:46 pm

ILA Local 1408 in Jacksonville negotiated and approved a deal on a fully automated terminal on Monday night September 13th. The deal included a 15 member gang for each crane with two checkers and only a guarantee of seven ILA members for all three crafts for yard and gate operations.
It is not clear from the […]

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Members Vote Out Union President who Defended Master Contract

The Port Report, Democracy: One Member – One Vote, News - No Comments » - Posted on December, 5 at 11:08 pm

On December 4th, the membership of ILA Local 1414 in Savannah Georgia overwhelmingly voted Benjamin Bryan out of office. He had served two terms as the President.
Bryant had testified in federal court, along with management and other top ILA top officials, to enforce the terms of the 2004 contract even though there were serious irregularities […]

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VACIS Victory in Baltimore, Finally!

The Port Report, Safety and Health in our Industry: Terminal Illness, News - No Comments » - Posted on June, 27 at 9:41 pm

After months of protests, grievances, and lobbying efforts by local officials and rank and file members, Baltimore longshoremen achieved their long-sought goal of stopping the unsafe practice of driving through the mobile VACIS machines.
Back in July of 2006, after articles in Pier Pressure and rank and file anger, President Bowers issued a directive that all […]

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Charleston Five Victory Continues To Resonate

The Port Report, International Solidarity, News - No Comments » - Posted on June, 27 at 9:40 pm

ILA Local 1422 used its political clout to block the appointment of Charlie Condon to the board of South Carolina State Ports Authority. Condon is the former Attorney General and lead prosecutor who indicted five longshoreman on felony rioting charges during a picket, later known as “The Charleston Five.”
As Attorney General, Mr. Condon personified the […]

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The Shape-up is Back in NY-NJ, Other Ports Beware!

The Port Report, New Technology, ILA Corruption: By Hook or By Crook, Democracy: One Member – One Vote, News - No Comments » - Posted on June, 27 at 9:24 pm

The dreaded shape-up has come back in a new form in the Port of NY-NJ. Union members in most ports the world over ended the practice that forced waterfront workers to fight each other for work. But now a series of changes in NY-NJ have brought back the insecurity and corruption of days past.
Other ports […]

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Baltimore Dockers meet with the LWC

The Port Report, News - No Comments » - Posted on June, 27 at 9:22 pm

The February LWC meeting in Baltimore received strong support from the Port of Baltimore’s rank and file. Members and leaders discussed a wide range of topics including a wage bridge to full pay and one member one vote, direct elections of District and International officers. The LWC has organized an information campaign through its networks […]

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