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.

Slow, steady recovery for the Port of Oakland

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan

Growth at the Port of Oakland is slowly rebounding from the prolonged recession, but unlike other cities that are struggling to attract new business, Oakland’s port may have an ace up its sleeve: Mayor Jean Quan.

Oakland’s new mayor is an international media magnet and she is using her newfound […]


Port of Grays Harbor reports record year

Port of Grays Harbor

The Port of Grays Harbor, just a few years ago a sleepy commercial backwater in international trade, reported Monday that exports surged last year by 85 percent over 2009.

New exports of soybean meal, distillers dried grains, autos and logs raised port volumes to more than 1.5 million metric tons […]


BCMEA, ILWU Canada continue talks

ILWU Canada president Tom Dufresne said the union’s top goals in talks are to retain a supplementary pension and First Aid attendants, in the face of possible cuts, and to expand maternity and paternity benefits.

“We’re looking for some top-up on maternity and paternity leave, because right now all we have is what’s contained in […]