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.

Pres. Obama nominates Dan Maffei for FMC

President Barack Obama has nominated former Rep. Dan Maffei to serve as a commissioner on the Federal Maritime Commission, an independent federal agency.

Maffei, a Democrat who represented the Syracuse area in Congress for two terms, would become one of five commissioners overseeing the agency that regulates the U.S. international ocean transportation system.

If confirmed [...]


Five ways the TPP is worse than past trade agreements

From the Citizens’ Trade Coalition:

As might be expected from a back-room deal negotiated with the aid of hundreds of corporate advisors, while the public and press were shut out, the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) not only continues the awful legacy of past trade agreements that put corporate profits ahead of jobs and wages, [...]


Pope Francis says workers deserve rest, pensions, dignity

”Work, in fact, cannot be a mere cog in a perverse mechanism which grinds resources in order to make a profit.” — Pope Francis, Nov. 7, 2015

Pope Francis’ Nov. 7 speech was summarized in a Catolic News Agency article titled ”If you have the right to work, you have the right to rest, [...]


Pres. McEllrath: ILWU will fight all attacks on safety, collective bargaining rights

A message from ILWU International President Robert McEllrath:

”While we prevailed in this round of attacks on our workplace safety and collective bargaining rights, politicians have already fired another round. Thank you for your support to defeat the amendments, and stay tuned to make your voice heard again.” — Robert McEllrath, ILWU International [...]


Politicians introduce more misguided legislation, fail to address root causes of congestion

Just hours after two misguided amendments were defeated in the House of Representatives, opportunistic politicians proposed yet another piece of legislation that fails to address the root causes of congestion. From an article titled ‘Feds more likely to intervene in future port slowdowns under proposed bill’ in The Oregonian:

Instead of leaving it to [...]


Japan PM Abe, Canada PM-designate Trudeau agree to promote Trans-Pacific Partnership

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Canada’s prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau agreed to promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Japan’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

Last month, 12 Pacific Rim countries including Japan and Canada agreed the TPP, a pact which aims to liberalize commerce in 40 percent of the world’s economy by reducing or [...]


$325B Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act likely to pass House

The American Society of Civil Engineers’s most recent infrastructure report card included a C+ grade for United States’ bridges, and D’s for roads and transit.

It’s been 10 years since Congress has passed a new law to fund the country’s bridges, highways and roads. Instead, lawmakers have just been extending the old plan time and [...]


Department of State partners with Port of Long Beach to advance maritime security overseas

News release from the U.S. State Department web site:

Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding today with the Port of Long Beach in California to enhance the Department’s maritime and port security assistance in Asia, Latin [...]


Coast Guard deal reached between Arctic nations

From the Canadian Press:

Creating the Arctic Coast Guard Forum is considered a significant step forward for international co-operation in the region and will flesh out previous search and rescue agreements.

“(The forum) will be an operationally focused organization that strengthens maritime co-operation and co-ordination in the Arctic,” said an emailed statement from the United [...]


American shipyards hit out at critics of the Jones Act

American shipyards have issued a fierce rebuttal of repeated links between the Jones Act and the sinking of the 40-year-old El Faro containership at the beginning of October.

“To imply that vessels that do not have to comply with rigorous US safety standards are safe than those that do defies common sense,” said Matthew Paxton, [...]


Relax on health and safety in ports? Not a chance

From an opinion piece on Port Stratego by Paddy Crumlin, president of the International Transport Workers’ Federation and the chair of its dockers’ section:

‘Having a policy typed up and laminated in your company offices doesn’t make its application a reality. Genuinely high standards of health and safety are about constant vigilance and [...]


Unions 'disagree with the President' on Trans Pacific Partnership

ILWU Local 32 members handle Boeing parts at the Port of Everett, WA.

From KING 5:

Dennis Kronewitter works on the Boeing Field flight line and is one of many who opposes the TPP.

At a meeting of the Machinists Union District 75, Kronewitter was getting 737s ready for delivery. Business these days has [...]


Mario Cordero reconfirmed as FMC Commissioner

FMC Commissioner Mario Cordero

Mario Cordero was reconfirmed Thursday as a U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner.

Cordero joined the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) as a Commissioner on June 3, 2011, having been nominated by President Barack Obama on September 17, 2010, and confirmed by the Senate on April 14, 2011. President Obama designated Mario Cordero Chairman [...]


Guatemalan union activist murdered in front of his home

Prensa Libre shows people gathering at the scene of the murder of Guatemalan union activist Mynor Rolando Ramos Castillo, the sixth member of his union to be assassinated.

Mynor Rolando Ramos Castillo, a municipal worker in Jalapa, a city in southeast Guatemala, was shot and killed in front of his home over the weekend. [...]


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 [...]