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.

American Jobs at Stake in ILWU Contract Negotiations

Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO news release:

WASHINGTON, DC — Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) issues this statement on the contract impasse between TTD member International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 63 Office Clerical Unit (OCU) and the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Employers Association:

“The Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO stands […]


Northwest grain terminal companies extend lockout deadline, blast longshore union

Representatives of Northwest grain terminals that export half the nation’s wheat issued a statement Thursday blasting the longshore union and extending their final contract offer until Dec. 8.

Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association negotiators accused aunion spokesperson of using inflammatory language to misrepresent terms of the offer, which initially expired Wednesday.

The group of four […]


Grain Terminal Labor Dispute Could Disrupt NW Farmers

From Northwest Public Radio:

A possible strike or lock out at Northwest grain terminals would have a profound effect on U.S. wheat exports.

Longshoremen in Portland have been in tense labor negotiations that could affect six grain terminals in Portland, Vancouver and Puget Sound. Those talks have stalled for the moment.

Northwest ports make […]