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.

Oregon's state conciliator to mediate talks as Port of Portland longshore strike looms Sunday

As a strike looms, Oregon’s state conciliator plans to hold last-ditch talks Saturday between longshore security guards and the Port of Portland.

State Conciliator Robert Nightingale said Monday he would mediate talks in an attempt to avert a strike scheduled by Port security officers.

If no agreement is reached, Local 28 of the International Longshore […]


Striking SEIU workers shut down operations at Port of Oakland

Striking workers brought operations to a halt at gates to the Port of Oakland this morning, leaving more than 100 trucks lined up waiting to get in.

SEIU Local 1021 and the port have been trying for months to negotiate a new contract to cover just over 220 workers. Those workers include, among other staff, […]


Tugboats play critical role on Panama Canal

The Miami Herald profiled a tug boat captain, Ronald T. Church. Miami Herald photo.

Ronald T. Church, 65, was born in the zone and worked as a crane operator before entering the apprentice program to captain a tug in 1982. He retired in 1998, the year before the United States relinquished control of the canal, […]