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.

$20 million in new US rail relocation grants

The US Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is providing $19.4 million in new grants for improving rail infrastructure, with much of the cash to be spent on freight projects.

The grants are going to several US cities and states to replace, relocate and improve segments of primarily freight track, through the Rail Line Relocation and Improvement […]


‘Longshoremen show the way: Grain, trains and fightback’

The following is excerpted from a news article called “Longview, Wash., Longshoremen show the way: Trains, Grains and Fightback” at Liberation News.

During the course of this depression, it has become even more clear that workers in the United States are under attack. The endless catalog of corporate mergers, layoffs, consolidations and assaults on organized […]


Longshoreman Struggle Poses Critical Question: When Is It Worth Breaking the Law?

The author compares Longview's battle to the Pittston Coal Strike of 1989, pictured above, in which UMWA miners blocked the entrance to the company’s largest coal-cleaning plant in Virginia and waited to be arrested.

The ILWU’s continued protests have made the port difficult to operate, thus hurting the terminal owners’ bottom line. Rarely are […]


Congress Approves Questionable Trade Pacts

Congress — if you listen to pundits and Washington politicians — is completely broken. But when multinational corporate interests are at stake, suddenly the institution figures out how to get to work. On Wednesday, both chambers passed three sweeping trade agreements with bipartisan majorities, against the opposition of labor unions worried about job losses that […]


Australian dockers blast STX Pan Ocean for ‘playing major role in union-busting’ at EGT

A community delegation supported by the International Transport Workers’ Federation gathered at the Townsville Port in front of the New Accord, a ship owned by the parent company of the firm unfairly attacking the Longview Dockers.

ITF Australian Co-Ordinator Dean Summers said the rally was a demonstration of solidarity, to show multinational shipping company […]


SSA Marine questions motives behind clean water lawsuit

An SSA Marine vice president is questioning the motives of RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, responding to the environmental group’s recent announcement that it intends to file suit against SSA based on Clean Water Act violations related to the unauthorized road-clearing and tree removal at the company’s Cherry Point property.

In a press release, Bob […]


China Expected to Import Corn Despite Record Crop

China will need to import 2 million tons of U.S. corn by next year even though the country expects a record harvest this year, said the U.S. Grains Council.

U.S. agriculture had the led the country’s exporting charge, with American farmers on target to send $135.5 billion of their products abroad this year. That’s 17 […]


Glenn Beck Rant: Occupy Wall Street Protesters Will ‘Kill Everybody’

Glenn Beck made several gruesome predictions about where the Occupy Wall Street movement is headed.

Speaking on his radio show Monday, Beck made his already-crystal-clear disdain for the protests, which have spread across the U.S., even more plain. He took a slightly surprising turn, though, in warning establishment Democrats like Nancy Pelosi (who has voiced […]