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.

California exports soared in 2010

In 2010, the state’s three principal seaports boosted their collective number of outbound loaded containers by 9.2 percent. The Port of Oakland actually lost ground, slipping by 1.3 percent. But the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach compensated, with a combined increase of 12.7 percent.

Export tonnage through California’s airports, meanwhile, rose 15.6 percent […]


Union leader Ronaldo Blear: ‘We feel ambushed’

Ronaldo Blear was overwhelmingly reelected as Secretary General of the SINTRAJAP dockworkers union after the Costa Rican government helped install a sham leadership last year.

[NOTE: The following excerpt is from an interview between Costa Rica’s Tico Times and Ronaldo Blear, the recently reelected leader of the SINTRAJAP dockworkers union. The ILWU Coast […]


Explaining China and Colombia’s ‘Alternative’ Panama Canal

The Atlantic Wire has posted an informative question and answer piece explaining the recent announcement that the governments of Colombia and China are in talks to construct a “dry canal” alternative to the 97-year-old Panama Canal. Excerpts below:

A “dry canal”…is that really just a railroad?

Yes. Specifically, a 136 mile railroad that would link […]


ILWU Local 13 endorses Janice Hahn for Congress

Councilwoman Janice Hahn thanked Local 13 members in October 2009 when they volunteered to load relief supplies to Samoa and Western Samoa following a tsunami that struck the islands.

“Janice Hahn has been a champion for our issues, is battle-tested, and has always been a trusted friend of ILWU Local 13. In tough times […]


‘Near miss’ at Australia wharf as 28-ton container falls

The container that fell 12 meters and narrowly missed two workers was severely overloaded and the third accident this month at Darwin Port, said the MUA.

Two workers at the Darwin Port had to run to avoid a shipping container crashing onto East Arm Wharf at the weekend, the Maritime Union of Australia says.