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.

Panama: Thousands of Canal workers strike to demand union rights, clean water

Protesters are also seeking an end to police impunity following a series of cases in which police officers walked away without charge after lethally shooting down construction workers. Photo by TeleSUR

Thousands of workers brought Panama to a standstill on Tuesday as part of a national 24-hour strike to demand “justice for the poor,” [...]


Crane crashes onto container ship in Vietnam; workers reportedly trapped inside

Rescue is underway; some port workers reportedly are trapped inside debris and in the hold.

From Vessel Finder:

Gantry crane crashed down on container ship Fortune Navigator in Ta Thuan Port in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam at around 23:00 local time on November 24.

The accident occurred while the vessel was offloading cargo [...]


Rotterdam Longshore strike planned for December

The source of the conflict is the commissioning of two new highly automated container terminals, expected to lead to the loss of 700 out of 4,000 jobs in container throughput at the port in 2017.

Container workers at the Port of Rotterdam have voted to hold a series of 24-hour strikes in December and [...]


New deal brings Australian workers back to the docks

”Workers are essential to the productivity and good health of any successful enterprise, and have a social and legal right to be treated with respect and decency regardless of commercial cycles.” — Paddy Crumlin, ITF President and national secretary of the MUA

100 days after mass sackings Dockers sacked by global network terminal (GNT) [...]


Global union organizations back embattled Korean union

On the morning of Nov. 6, some 200 South Korean police attempted a raid on the headquarters of the Korean Public Service and Transport Workers’ Union (KPTU). In addition to taking files from the TruckSol office on the 2nd floor of the KPTU’s building, police violated the spaces of unrelated KPTU affiliates and attempt [...]


ILWU member leads effort to help others left behind on harbor area streets

From the ILWU Dispatcher:

David Gonzales, ILWU Local 26. Photo by Slobodan Dimitriov.

Local 26 member David Gonzales is leading an impressive but quiet effort with other volunteers in Wilmington who serve hundreds of meals each week to homeless and hungry people in the harbor area.

“I know what it’s like to be on the [...]


Retired ILWU Hawaii Division leader Yoshito Takamine dies at 89

West Hawaii Photo of Yoshito Takamine, 1981

From the Hawaii Tribune-Herald:

Yoshito Takamine, a longtime Hawaii Island labor and political leader, died Oct. 27 at his Honokaa home. He was 89.

The eldest son in a family of 14 children raised by a plantation worker and his picture bride, both from Okinawa, Takamine went to [...]


November forecast to be a strong month for US ports

From the Journal of Commerce:

Retailers anticipate a jolly November for U.S. ports, with the National Retail Federation predicting that containerized imports will increase 8.3 percent over November 2014. Furthermore, last-minute importers of holiday merchandise should experience little if any port congestion.

November 2014 was one of the slowest months of the year on the [...]


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 [...]


Ten-day dockworkers’ strike to hit three Portuguese ports

From Reuters:

Dockworkers in the Portuguese ports of Lisbon, Setubal and Figueira da Foz will go on a 10-day strike starting Nov. 14 to protest at a potential end of collective bargaining agreements, the stevedores union said in a statement.

The ports to be affected by the strike are the third, fourth and fifth biggest [...]


Tough Norwegian dockers stand their ground

From a blog post by dockworker Vegard Holm in Norway:

The dockers are tough. They continue their fight in Norway’s longest industrial conflict for 70 years and will soon have been in dispute for two years. However, this autumn has thrown up some positives.

For several weeks now it has been clear that the [...]


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 [...]


Flags of convenience: After Longshoreman's 2012 death, ship owners evade responsibility

From the Tampa Bay Times:

In addition to being a longshoreman, Hercules Gilmore, Jr. was also a respected pastor.

From nearly the day longshoreman Hercules Gilmore Jr. died in its cargo hold, the Panamanian-flagged Honesty Ocean has proven more phantom than ship.

On Oct. 23, 2012, Gilmore stood on the deck of the 609-foot-long vessel [...]


'Biggest fear' realized when container falls from truck on SoCal highway, killing longshoreman

Our profound condolences go out to Brother Castorena’s family, friends and union brothers and sisters on the docks.

From a news segment called ”Authorities Probe How Big Rig Container Became Loose, Crushed Cyclist To Death”:

An investigation was underway Wednesday into how a big rig’s container struck a railroad bridge in Carson, knocking [...]


Seattle’s Sodo arena plan filled with subsidies, foes say

From the Seattle Times:

Seattle taxpayers would subsidize the proposed new sports arena in Sodo to the tune of $731 million over 32 years, according to a financial analysis commissioned by an opponent group.

The group, Sonics Without Subsidies, threatened to sue if Mayor-elect Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council don’t revise the agreement [...]