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.

Media shrugs as Bernie Sanders draws enormous crowd in Oakland

Bernie Sanders held a rally Monday in Oakland at the Frank Ogawa Plaza with conservative estimates counting attendance between 20,000 and 30,000 people.

The media continues to berate Bernie Sanders for taking his campaign all the way to the Democratic National Convention with headlines like “Why Won’t Bernie Sanders Just Give Up Already?” However, [...]


Sanders steps up push for ‘moral economy’

”You divide everyone up, and you know what happens?” Sanders asked. ”The rich get richer, and everyone else gets poorer.” Sen. Bernie Sanders wearing ILWU jacket at rally in Southern California, May 2016

From the Los Angeles Daily News:

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 30-minute speech before a crowd of about 1,000 mostly union dock workers [...]


State-ownership not the solution for Portland

From Port Strategy:

The Port of Portland’s executive director has rejected a recent proposal from president of Common Sense for Oregon for the port’s Terminal 6.

Bill Wyatt believes that creating a state-owned authority, Oregon Shipping Authority (OSA), does not solve the problems which currently face the terminal.

Mr Wyatt accepted that restoring service at [...]


Sen. Bernie Sanders’ San Pedro waterfront rally expected to draw thousands

From the Daily Breeze:

Thousands of union workers will rally Friday on the San Pedro waterfront during a campaign swing by Sen. Bernie Sanders as he continues to barnstorm the state for presidential primary votes.

The outdoor event, sponsored by Harbor Area labor unions, will be held at the Downtown Harbor dock area just [...]


Bernie Sanders unveils California television ad

Reported in the Los Angeles Times:

Bernie Sanders released a television ad on Tuesday that urges Californians to send a message to establishment Democrats in the state’s June 7 primary.

“What choice do Californians have in this election?” Sanders says in the 30-second ad, over footage of workers and students. “The biggest one of all. [...]


SOLAS is critical to seafarer and cargo safety

In January 2007, the containership MSC Napoli suffered a structural failure and broke up off the coast of the UK. Misdeclared container weights were identified as a factor causing the structural failure.

Excerpts from an opinion piece by Dennis L. Bryant, principal, Bryant’s Maritime Consulting, published in the Journal of Commerce:

It is important [...]


Violence against trade unionists remains rampant in Colombia

Colombian labor unions said the country’s authorities have failed to enforce worker protections and revealed that they are being threatened.

From Telesur TV:

Colombia has failed to enforce worker protections in a free trade agreement with the United States, U.S. and Colombian labor unions said on Monday.

In a complaint issued by the AFL-CIO [...]


Bernie Sanders takes Oregon, looks to California

The ILWU is working to make sure that California’s June 7 primary is a win for Bernie Sanders! Here’s what our endorsed candidate had to say last night after his victory in Oregon:


Oregon’s Democratic primary voters push Bernie Sanders to victory

Bernie Sanders prevailed in Oregon, which sends 61 pledged delegates to the Democratic convention this summer. With 75 percent of precincts reporting, Sanders led Clinton, 54.5 percent to 45.5 percent. It’s the first time Sanders has won a primary closed to unaffiliated voters.

From the Huffington Post:

Bernie Sanders won Oregon’s Democratic presidential primary [...]


Shipping alliances demand aggressive oversight – FMC chairman

From Marine Link:

The restructuring of the ocean carrier alliance system, triggered by merger and acquisition activities by shipping companies, is a logical business development, but if not carefully monitored and regulated, could also represent a move toward reduced services for shippers, said Mario Cordero, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).

“At the end [...]


Bernie Sanders inspired this progressive to challenge a conservative Democratic incumbent

ILWU International President Bob McEllrath with Congressional candidate Dave McTeague, May 2016. Photo by Dawn Des Brisay, ILWU Local 40.

From the Huffington Post:

A progressive House candidate is tying himself as closely to Bernie Sanders as possible in the hopes that it will help him pull off a major upset against a [...]


Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders fight for last big prize: California

From the Associated Press:

As in past primaries, Clinton is expected to do well in California’s June 7 primary with older Democrats, Hispanics and black voters, while Sanders could perform better with younger voters and independents, who are allowed to vote in the state’s Democratic primary.

“The Sanders folks feel that they have to do [...]


Bernie: ‘We’re going to stay in until the last vote is counted’

From Politico:

Sanders said every state “should have a right to cast a vote as to who they want to see as president,” pointing specifically to California, which will proportionately award 546 delegates. He also said his campaign has a chance in West Virginia, Oregon and other states.

“We think we have a path [...]


Sanders’ ad features Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii’s Senator who will speak Tuesday in Oregon

From the Bernie Post:

A moving television ad released by Bernie Sanders features Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who discusses the true cost of war.

Sanders’ campaign released the ad on YouTube. It focuses on the cost of war, and is voiced by Representative Tulsi Gabbard, a veteran and supporter of Bernie Sanders.



Bernie Sanders rallies to feature progressive U.S. Senators on May 3

U.S. Senators Tusli Gabbard and Bernie Sanders

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) are coming to Oregon on Tuesday, May 3 for a series of organizing meetings. Join us for a conversation about the issues that matter and meet with members of Congress who care:

Portland Rally with [...]