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.

U.S. leads Pacific Rim to historic TPP trade pact as critics line up

The U.S. brokered a historic accord Monday to ease trade in goods and services among a dozen Pacific-rim nations that make up about 40 percent of the world economy.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, five years in the making, will now be subject to months of scrutiny by lawmakers that could yet derail it. Critics on both [...]


Leadership changes could mean end of controversial TPP

Excerpts from a Salon piece titled ‘The unexpected upshot of John Boehner’s ouster: The Trans-Pacific Partnership is in danger’:

Without a liberated John Boehner around to partner with Democrats, the task of shepherding through a trade agreement disliked by conservatives becomes difficult. After a potential blitz of legislation in October, right-wing House members will be [...]


Striking warehouse staff call on Amazon for better pay and conditions

Staff at a major Los Angeles warehouse serving Amazon and other big retailers went on strike Tuesday, protesting unpaid wages and overtime, dangerous conditions, a lack of breaks and water during hot summer months, and retaliation by management against their organizing efforts. The strike continued on Wednesday.

The stoppage is the latest tactic in [...]


Pollution, health concerns over plan for coal exports at Oakland Port

”We are adamantly opposed to coal. We’re not against the terminal; we welcome the terminal. We’re just opposed to coal.” — Derrick Muhammad, ILWU Local 10 Business Agent, testifying against coal exports on September 21, 2015.

A lengthy public hearing in Oakland Monday afternoon and evening sought to parse out the benefits or drawbacks [...]


Longshore Workers vote to oppose coal exports in Oakland

Oakland shouldn’t become the dumping ground for dirty, low value cargoes rejected at other ports, union says. There are better cargoes for that location that will bring good waterfront jobs to Oakland

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 18, 2015) – Longshore workers and marine clerks who have moved cargo at the Ports of Oakland and [...]


Finland strike ‘shuts down ports’

BBC photo of strike in Helsinki, Sept. 18, 2015

From the BBC:

A widespread anti-austerity strike in Finland has shut down ports and disrupted flights in the country, news agencies have reported.

Strikers are protesting against government cutbacks, including limits to benefits and overtime pay.

Last week, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila announced plans [...]


Port of Oakland booming

Containerized import volume keeps growing at the Port of Oakland as peak shipping season nears. The Port said today that imports jumped 15 percent in August compared to 2014 totals. It was the sixth-consecutive month of gains ahead of the traditional autumn pre-holiday cargo surge.

The Port said overall container volume in August – [...]


Port of Los Angeles traffic up to highest August level in 9 years

The Port of Los Angeles reversed two months of declining traffic to post a 3.8 percent increase in cargo for August from a year ago.

“The numbers are strong indicators that our terminal operators, longshore labor and supply chain partners are adjusting to the new industry dynamics of carrier alliances, deploying larger ships and [...]


US box imports continue to climb

Container business at America’s major box terminals continued a steady growth trend that began earlier in the year as US retailers head into the peak shipping season.

Overall import volume is expected to increase 1.2% to 1.61 million teu in September compared with September 2014, according to the latest monthly forecast released 9 September by [...]


Senators press for NAFTA auto rules in TPP — White House sees TPP deal in next several weeks

Three senators from the auto producing states of Ohio and Michigan have urged U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to insist that the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement contain “rules of origin” for autos that are at least as strong as in the 20-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement.

“The NAFTA rules of origin should be the [...]


Long Beach port CEO acknowledges ILWU labor had 'very little to do' with cargo disruptions

Port of Long Beach CEO Jon Slangerup says he ”realized that labor had ‘very little to do’ with the disruptions, that the difficulties had more to do with organizational glitches and inefficient cargo-handling practices” — a conclusion consistent with ILWU’s statements during negotiations.

From a Bloomberg article titled ‘Record Long Beach port traffic shows [...]


Shipping giants reduce sailings on world’s busiest route

Major container-shipping lines are slashing sailings on the world’s busiest shipping route between Asia and Europe as lower growth in China and a sluggish eurozone economy hurt container volumes.

The late summer season is normally a peak period for container shipping as retailers stock up for Christmas sales. About 95% of the world’s manufactured goods, [...]


TPP Pacific trade deal puts profit over people: Labor activists

Campaigners for workers’ rights complain that they have been denied a voice in the trade talks, and have raised concerns about part of the deal that would allow corporations to sue governments for the potential loss of future profits.

“Corporate rights are treated as portable, binding and protected by enforceable laws in global trade agreements, [...]


In a setback for Obama, negotiators fail to wrap up Pacific trade pact

High-level talks to forge a ­12-nation trade deal spanning the Pacific broke up Friday without resolving contentious disputes over Canadian dairy tariffs, the protection of cutting-edge drugs known as “biologics” and Japanese access to the North American automobile market.

Negotiators said they would continue to seek agreement over the coming months, but the failure to [...]


Pacific trade ministers pose for group photo at Maui TPP meeting

Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement posed for a group photo at a meeting in Lahaina, Hawaii on Thursday, July 30, 2015. From left, Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry Hng Kiang Lim, Peru’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism Magali Silva, New Zealand’s Minister of Trade Tim [...]