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.

Hanjin/TTI’s Port of Seattle Lease Extended

The Port of Seattle Commission has approved a 10-year lease extension with Total Terminals International that’s expected to secure continued volume and revenue at the port’s Terminal 46 through 2025.

“We worked very hard to keep TTI in the Port of Seattle,” Port Commission President Gael Tarleton said of the extension, which was approved Dec. […]


CHS, Cargill split from foreign grain terminals, still negotiating

From the Journal Star in Lincoln, Nebraska:

Foreign owners among a group of Pacific Northwest grain export terminals have informed the longshore union they are at impasse, but will not lock them out of their jobs. Instead, they were implementing terms of their final contract offer on Thursday.

The terminal owners are now split, as […]


ILA and USMX agree to contract extension

News release from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service:

Statement by FMCS Director George H. Cohen On United States Maritime Alliance And International Longshoremen’s Association Labor Negotiations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “I am extremely pleased to announce that the parties have reached the agreements set forth below as a result of a mediation session conducted […]


Northwest longshoremen cave in to grain terminal owners? Not so fast.

Excerpts from the Oregonian:

The longshore union appeared to cave in Wednesday, agreeing members would begin working at Northwest grain terminals Thursday on terms they just resoundingly rejected.

But labor lawyers say the International Longshore and Warehouse Union is actually playing it smart. If longshoremen called a strike now, refusing to accede to terms they […]


Northwest grain terminal owners to implement offer

From the Associated Press:

The owners of four Pacific Northwest grain terminals have informed the longshore union they will not lock them out of their jobs. Instead, they will implement the terms of their final contract offer on Thursday.

Under federal law, employers can take that step when parties reach a bargaining impasse. The last […]


Northwest longshore workers reject concessionary proposal, say global grain companies should not put U.S. grain exports at risk

Union officials call grain exporters back to negotiation table after workers in four Pacific Northwest ports vote by a 93.8% margin to reject the exporters’ demanded concessions to an 80-year-old contract

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in four Northwest ports voted by a 93.8% margin this weekend to reject a proposal that […]


Longshore union votes down Northwest grain terminal owners’ contract offer, risking lockout

Excerpts from the Oregonian:

Negotiators for the big agribusiness ventures that own the terminals have taken pains to prove the talks have reached impasse, meaning they could lock out longshoremen and invite them back only on terms of their employer-friendly final offer. Union leaders are prepared to file unfair labor practice charges that could force […]


Media says 'scores of strikebreakers ready to replace longshoremen in case of lockout'

In an article called ‘Northwest grain terminal lockout would pit longshoremen against strikebreakers they call scabs,’ the Oregonian writes:

Scores of out-of-state strikebreakers wait on high alert in Northwest hotel rooms, ready to replace longshoremen in case of a lockout at grain terminals.

Three fully crewed, non-union tugboats protected by armed guards stand by, prepared […]


ILWU: PNW Grain Companies Demand ‘750 Changes’

From the Journal of Commerce:

Pacific Northwest grain companies, in their final contract offer to longshoremen, are demanding “750 changes to a contract that’s made the industry successful for the past 80 years,” the International Longshore and Warehouse Union stated Friday in a release, and prospects for union approval do not look good.

The industry’s […]


Charleston Longshoremen Join Walmart Protest

Work halted briefly this morning at Charleston’s Wando Welch Shipping Terminal as a group of protesters attempted to call attention to plight of international factory workers.

Roughly 50 protesters demonstrated on Long Point Road outside the terminal as the Maersk Carolina docked at the port. The ship reportedly contains clothing items sewn at a Bangladeshi […]


Longshore workers cast ballots on latest grain terminal offer

Some 3,000 Pacific Northwest longshore workers will cast ballots on Friday and Saturday in a vote that could determine whether there’s a work stoppage at one of the nation’s most important grain export routes.

The ILWU on Friday said its relationship with grain handlers has been “productive for several decades,” but blamed the “multinational” owners […]


Longshore workers voting on grain industry's 'last, best and final' proposal Friday and Saturday

Multinational grain industry’s proposal demands more than 750 changes to a contract that’s made the industry successful for the past 80 years

PORTLAND, OR (December 21, 2012) – Thousands of members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union are voting in the Pacific Northwest today and tomorrow on whether to accept or reject a proposal […]


ILA Prepares for Dec. 30 Strike

From the Journal of Commerce:

With contract negotiations at an impasse, International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett has directed ILA locals to prepare for a Dec. 30 strike at East and Gulf Coast ports.

Daggett sent a letter to locals advising them that “negotiations are not progressing well and it is expected that there […]


ITF promises support for ILA following talks breakdown

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has expressed full support for its US East Coast affiliate, the International Longshoremen’s Association after contract talks broke down Tuesday.

The ILA has been negotiating with the United States Maritime Alliance, which represents management in ports, terminals and shipping lines.

ITF President Paddy Crumlin said: “The ITF stands firm […]


Global unions call for measures after Tazreen fire

On November 24, 2012, fire broke out in the Tazreen Fashion factory in the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. At least 125 people were confirmed dead in the fire, and at least 200 were injured. Workers struggled to leave, finding locked doors and no emergency exits, which left them trapped inside the factory as it […]