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 complains about alleged Nicaraguan aggression during OAS General Assembly

Costa Rica and Nicaragua have been bickering over the border area since October 2010, when Costa Rica complained about Nicaragua’s dredging of the San Juan river, a point that acts as a natural limit between the two countries. In January 2011, Nicaraguan troops occupied a border area called Isla Calero in an event Costa […]


Port of Portland intervenes in T6 labor dispute

Port of Portland Terminal 6

The Port of Portland on Friday said it filed a complaint with federal labor authorities over a union dispute that it says has put its key Terminal 6 container terminal in a near-shutdown situation.

The port filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board National Labor […]


U.S. Hasn’t Decided on Expanding Pacific Talks, Obama Aide Says

The Obama administration hasn’t made a decision about adding Japan, Mexico and Canada to a Pacific-region trade accord being negotiated by nine nations, a top economic adviser to President Barack Obama said.

The Pacific agreement, a trade priority for Obama, includes Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the U.S. and Vietnam. Japan, Mexico, […]


Proposed Columbia River Crossing bridge is too low for some marine cargo

The current I-5 bridge offers 178 feet of vertical clearance when the lift span is raised. That puts the existing bridges in the same league with the Astoria-Megler Bridge (193 feet,) the Longview, Wash. span (187 feet,) and the Glenn Jackson I-205 bridge (144 feet.) The proposed Columbia River Crossing, designed to replace the […]