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.

ILWU president's trial over Port of Longview protest begins

‘In ports throughout the world, there’s very similar situations taking place where longshoremen are fighting for their rights for work that they have historically, traditionally done,’ said ILWU International Vice President Ray Familathe. ‘We stand behind President McEllrath’s statement, that ‘fighting for good jobs should not be a crime,’ and that’s what this is […]


Costa Rican officials call Nicaragua’s canal project ‘pharaonic’

Nicaragua’s president, Daniel Ortega’s latest proposal is to build a canal that would be similar to Panama’s at an estimated cost of $30bn – about four times as much as Nicaragua’s gross domestic product. The project is awaiting appraisal by the nation’s legislature.

Costa Rican officials have described the project as “pharaonic”. There are no […]


CWB signs six companies to handle grain for pool customers

Faced with losing its monopoly on western wheat and barley sales Aug. 1, the Canadian Wheat Board has signed agreements with six companies, including Canada’s largest grainhandler, to handle grain from farmers who want to pool their grain with the CWB.

“Farmers now have delivery points all across Western Canada to market their grain with […]


Port of Oakland Experiences TEU Traffic Growth

After three straight months of losses, container traffic began to rebound at the Port of Oakland last month, growing nearly five percent compared with the same month in 2011.

Oakland moved a grand total of 203,446 TEUs in May 2012, a jump of 4.9 percent over the previous May. Numbers were up in three of […]