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.

Canadian Longshoremen, Employers Resume Talks

In addition to the traditional collective bargaining issues, employers seek to amend the Canada Labor Code to eliminate the use of a union strike or employer lockout and replace it with a mediation/arbitration process.

ILWU Canada said the proposed change would establish subjective criteria for the arbitrator to consider. Those criteria are outside of the […]


Dock strike slows Peru’s mineral exports

Navy soldiers have been placed at the Port of Callao to unload ships during the dockworkers strike, but have failed to meet the government’s hopes for productivity. 2008 photo of Callao.

A strike at Peru’s main port was slowing down mineral exports on Monday as workers demanded better benefits in the world’s No. 2 […]


Oakland port grant to cut ships’ dirty diesel pollution

By 2014, half the large container ships that dock at the Port of Oakland must shut down their dirty auxiliary diesel engines and plug into clean electrical power. And the port’s $90 million estimate for meeting that state deadline got a boost this week when the Air Quality Management District awarded a $5 million grant […]


Strike suspended as MUA and Patrick set to return to negotiating table

In July, MUA members held a memorial for their fellow longshore workers who were killed on the job.

After previously flatly rejecting safety concerns raised by the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), the union says Patrick Stevedores has agreed to return to the negotiating table.

MUA members at Webb Dock voted to return to […]


Port Strike Turns Ugly As Freight Trucks Attacked

PERU – Less than a year after a state of emergency was declared after eight days of strikes by the stevedores employed at the Port of Callao, we are receiving reports of more problems affecting freight and shipping interests as dockers once again strike amid fears that the government is about to privatise the entire […]


Canada Longshoremen Headed To Strike If No Contract Reached

Port Metro Vancouver

The negotiations between the ILWU Canada and the BCMEA (an organization that represents the various employers) have been ongoing for 18 months. The Union has been negotiating in good faith with employers and desires a fair contract. Container traffic volume is in the record numbers and the companies are making hundreds […]


Wheat growers watching Egypt riots closely

The civil unrest washing across Egypt could have a big impact on wheat growers in Oregon if that country’s government doesn’t remain friendly toward the United States.

Egypt imports around 10 million tons of wheat a year. Darren Padget, the immediate past president of the Oregon Wheat Growers League, said, “We don’t like to see […]