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 Gov. Kitzhaber announces resignation

From Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber:

Resignation effective at 10 a.m., Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

I am announcing today that I will resign as Governor of the State of Oregon.

It is not in my nature to walk away from a job I have undertaken – it is to stand and fight for the cause. […]


UK publication shows members' photos that debunk PMA's claims of congestion

Longshore workers who documented empty terminal space to debunk the employers’ claim of congested docks have had their photos published widely. Acknowledging that it was ‘thousands of miles away,’ The Loadstar in the UK wrote in an article titled ‘West coast port congestion: Crisis, what crisis? asks dockworkers’ union (in pix)’:

This photo by […]


Obama asks labor secretary to mediate in West Coast Ports dispute

President Barack Obama has asked Labor Secretary Tom Perez to travel to California to help spur an agreement in talks with the dockworkers’ union that have led to service disruptions at ports along the U.S. West Coast, the White House said on Saturday.

“The negotiations over the functioning of the West Coast Ports have been […]


Congressman Lieu criticizes PMA decision to continue closures at California ports

Congressman Ted Lieu

WASHINGTON, DC (Feb. 12, 2015) – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement regarding the continued closure of the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). PMA announced this morning that ships at Southern California ports will not be unloaded on Thursday, Saturday, […]