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.

Costa Rica: Union loses appeal to challenge APM Terminals $1 billion contract at Moin Port

Costa Rica's president, Laura Chinchilla, showed who’s side she's on when she responded to APM's court victory over local dockworkers by saying, "We are pleased that we have overcome one more obstacle and we’re confident that we can also overcome any obstacles in the Comptroller General’s Office where the project is to be ratified."

Costa […]


Sailors’ protest strands tanker in Sydney

A protest by nine sailors has left a tanker ship stranded in Sydney’s Gore Bay.

Shell Petroleum decided in April to contract the jobs to Canadian company Teekay, and says that firm subsequently made the decision to retrench the men.

Bruce Frary, a 26-year sailor, said, “We think that a safe, well managed, well maintained […]


BNSF lands labor agreement for L.A. terminal

BNSF Railway Co. and the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council have announced they finalized a project labor agreement worth more than $255 million for the construction of the proposed Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) intermodal facility in L.A.

Designed as the nation’s “greenest intermodal facility,” the SCIG will enable containers to […]


Tanzania: Dockworker strike hits container dock

Denial of salary review and racial discrimination are some of the issues behind the strike at Dar es Salaam port, Tanzania.

The following editorial was published yesterday in the Tanzania Citizen, on the second day of a strike:

Resolve grievances at Ticts

Reports to the effect that a strike by employees of the […]


Congressional Panel Hears Infrastructure Concerns Of Ports

At a hearing of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, AAPA Chairman of the Board Jerry Bridges, who also serves as executive director of the Virginia Port Authority, testified on the economic importance of seaports.

Witnesses included Peter Peyton, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Marine […]