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.

Container trucks near Port of Seattle most dangerous in the state

A KING 5 investigation reveals safety violations are a chronic problem for trucks working in and around the Port of Seattle. The problems are so serious officers are pulling many trucks out-of-service, an official term that means they can’t go back on the road until they are fixed.

State records show law officers pulled […]


Ships Collide Where Bayport and Houston Channels Meet

Container ship accident near Houston on October 31, 2011

At 9:47 a.m. Coast Guard sector Houston-Galveston received a report that the 782-foot container ship, MSC NEDERLAND, had collided with the 799-foot chemical tanker, ELKA APOLLON.

Three containers from the NEDERLAND have fallen onto the deck of the ELKA APOLLON. Some hydraulic fluid from one […]


Global Union ITF Pledges Support To Qantas Workers

Qantas workers have the support of the ITF, whose President, Paddy Crumlin, said that Qantas' CEO Alan Joyce 'may see this as an investment to break the unions, impose new conditions and outsource operations to other countries in Asia without having to deal with its employees — but our national economy will be the […]


SSA testing cell phone blocking technology at Panama port

SSA is testing technology that blocks port drivers in Manzanillo, Panama, from using cell phones in their vehicles. The vendor’s web site says the technology ‘is installed in a motor vehicle under the dashboard, under the driver’s seat or in the headliner above the driver. It is highly directionalized, aimed at the driver’s space […]


ILWU appeals fine over Sept. protests

On Sept. 30, Leighton imposed the $250,000 fine, which was about $42,000 less than EGT and the NLRB had requested. Above, Local 21 members stand outside the Cowlitz County Hall of Justice offering peaceful surrender on any warrants for the demonstration on Sept. 7. Photo by Dawn Des Brisay

In a filing last Monday, […]


Occupy Oakland encampment creates a community

Grassroots people and political activists create a community of tents, music, children, food and other activity in Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of City Hall, which they’ve renamed Oscar Grant Plaza. They are preparing to organize a general strike for Wednesday, November 2.

Scott Hopkins is a professor at California State University East […]