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.

Peru ministry, US embassy team up

Callao dockworkers have been fighting to regain their collective bargaining rights.

[NOTE: Peru is one of several Latin American countries in which dockworkers are fighting abuse by global terminal operators and their own governments. The ILWU Coast Longshore Division recently supported Callao dockworkers during their 3-week strike to regain their collective bargaining rights.]

Peruvian […]


The Case Against Short Sea Shipping

Despite the hype and false promises, SSS is an attack on our union jobs

This article was published in the Winter 2010 issue of the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter.

NON-UNION CARGO: Short sea shipping barges on the Duwamish River (shown here) and the Columbia transport cargo loaded by non-union dockworkers.

Most longshore workers, […]


Significant Coast Arbitrations, 2010

From the Winter 2010 issue of the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter.

C-2-10 (appeal of SCAA-01-2010) This case addressed the contractual limitations on superintendents at marine terminal facilities.

The Coast Arbitrator made the following important determinations: (1) the day-to-day interaction between superintendents and marine clerks is limited contractually as to how superintendents oversee the […]


The fight for union autonomy and workers’ rights in Latin America

Coast Longshore Division supports dockworkers and their unions

Published in the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter, Winter 2010 issue.

In the past year, the Coast Committee has become increasingly involved in regional solidarity through direct support of dockworkers in Latin America. Latin American dockworkers are seeing the social contracts that they have with their governments systematically […]


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This article was published in the Winter 2010 issue of the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter.

Longshore workers and our jobs are affected by many factors around the world: the economy, the Panama Canal, investments in port infrastructure, privatization of docks, global trade, and much more. Even […]


Coast Committee: Welcome to the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter

The following article was published in the Winter 2010 issue of the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter.

The Coast Committee of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division: Committeeman Ray Ortiz, Jr. (Local 13), Committeeman Leal Sundet (Local 8), International President Robert McEllrath (Local 4), International Vice President for the Mainland Ray Familathe (Local 13)

If […]


ILWU Pensioners meeting results in message to Congress: ‘Leave Social Security alone’

This article was published in the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter, Winter 2010. Photos of the PCPA convention by Lewis Wright, ILWU Local 63 pensioner.

Will Social Security be there for all of us when we retire? Has the fund been raided and is now broke? Will we have to wait until we’re 70 before we […]


California urged to make disaster plans for climate change

Assembly Bill 752 would require the Los Angeles International Airport, the Port of Los Angeles and other coastal facilities to get prepared for any scenarios if global warming caused the sea level to rise.

A bill was introduced on Thursday, urging California to make disaster plans in case global warming causes the sea level.



Port of Astoria eyes lumber deal

Hampton Affiliates might start shipping lumber from Port of Astoria facilities, Port Commissioner Bill Hunsinger reported at a meeting Tuesday night.

Currently, lumber is shipped overseas by stuffing it into containers first and then loading it on a ship, Hampton’s CEO. Hampton is opting for a more direct method, loading the lumber straight onto a […]


MUA: Politics delaying progress

Unions and business officials have hit out over claims that Newcastle’s bid for a container terminal was being sabotaged from within the Labor Party.

Maritime Union of Australia Newcastle secretary Jim Boyle said he was infuriated that behind-the-scenes in-fighting was holding back the Hunter’s economic development.

‘‘You just shake your head when you hear about […]