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.

ILWU International President McEllrath: Why we can’t vote Trump

The following message from International President Robert McEllrath is published in this month’s Dispatcher:

ILWU International President Robert McEllrath

You may have heard that I don’t have much patience for politicians, especially ones who want our help when they’re desperate for votes or contributions – then ignore us when we need their support.

I liked [...]


Pet coke transport workers vote to join ILWU

Port of Long Beach photo of Pier G

JBA Transport workers who haul petroleum coke from California oil refineries to storage facilities and docks voted overwhelmingly to join the ILWU on September 1.

A simultaneous bid by the Teamsters Union to win the union election fizzled badly despite a show featuring big Teamster trucks with [...]


Union organisation speaks out on container freight line collapse as crew suffers

Hanjin seafarers thank ILWU for solidarity as they seek shore leave after weeks or months at sea.

Excerpts from the Handy Shipping Guide:

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) inspector, Jeff Engels, visited the chartered vessel Hanjin Marine which finally moored in Seattle after three weeks waiting for a berth when his organisation was [...]


Some Hanjin sailors denied shore leave in U.S. ports

Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal:

Screen shot of video of Hanjin ship at the Port of Seattle, Sept 26, 2016.

Sailors on several Hanjin ships were denied shore leave out of concern they might not return to their ships, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement. The concerns arise after the shipowner [...]


ILWU Local 21 Longshore workers stress safety, camaraderie in shoemaker’s video

A Minnesota-based shoe manufacturer interviewed and filmed ILWU Local 21 Longshore workers for an ad the company is sharing on social media. They highlighted the importance of safety and camaraderie on the docks. See them hard at work on Red Wing’s Facebook page:


Longshore worker hospitalized after containers collapse at Port of Oakland

From NBC Bay Area:

A longshore worker at the Port of Oakland was taken to a hospital Sunday after he was rescued from a vehicle trapped underneath two containers, a port spokesman confirmed.

Just before 9 a.m., firefighters responded to the 1700 block of Middle Harbor Road, the Oakland Fire Department told the East Bay [...]


One Hanjin ship cleared to dock at U.S. port, others remain in limbo

From CNBC:

Authorization for the Hanjin Greece to enter the port came after bankruptcy courts in the United States and South Korea cleared the way for the company to spend $10 million to unload cargo from four ships headed for ports on the U.S. West Coast.

“We’re looking forward to getting these ships unloaded, said [...]


Maritime community mourns death of longshoreman

Very sad update on the story of Brother Loadholt’s passing in Georgia:

It started as a typical morning on GPA’s Ocean Terminal docks.

Longshoremen, members of ILA Local 1414, were loading vehicles onto the Wallenius Wilhelmsen ship Tiger, which had come in to port overnight.

Operations had been underway about two hours, with longshoremen driving [...]


Longshoreman dies after accident at Georgia terminal

Our condolences go out to our brother’s family, friends and brothers and sisters in ILA Local 1414.

From Savannah Now:

A longshoreman died Wednesday morning when the vehicle he was loading onto a ship jumped off the ramp and fell into the Savannah River at Georgia Ports’ Ocean Terminal.

Local 1414 President Tommy Stokes III [...]


ILWU Local 13 official: Hanjin bankruptcy means ‘gates have been shut’ on 200-300 local jobs

Because Hanjin, the world’s seventh-largest shipping line, cannot pay ports and terminals to unload, ships filled with merchandise have sat idle for days. As of Sunday, officials said one massive container ship was still drifting 50 miles south of the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports; another ship was anchored at the Port of [...]


No doubt about it: Oil-by-rail is threat

The Olympian published the following opinion piece by Jared Smith, President of ILWU Local 4 in Vancouver, WA:

Jared Smith, ILWU Local 4 President

On this Labor Day, longshoremen look back on a summer that vindicated our opposition to America’s largest proposed oil-by-rail project. After a terrifying oil train derailment in Mosier, weeks of public [...]


Back to 1916 Tacoma: Remembering shots fired and a bloody, failed strike

Bearing the caption, ”Fellow workers we are in jail for you. What are you doing for us?” this 1916 photograph depicts “The Terrible Ten,” a group of Tacoma longshore workers who were sent to McNeil Island federal penitentiary, where each man served an 18-month sentence after being convicted of toppling a Tacoma trolley occupied [...]


Talking with … Harvey Schwartz, a historian who supports workers

Labor historian Harvey Schwartz

Excerpts from J Weekly’s interview with Harvey Schwartz, labor historian and honorary curator at the ILWU International Library:

J Weekly: What’s the importance of the ILWU to the Bay Area?

Harvey Schwartz: After unions were suppressed nationally in the 1920s, it was longshoremen who turned that around in the ’30s [...]


Longview firefighters, longshoremen to host fishing derby Sept. 2

From The Daily News:

Part of the funds raised will provide coats for children in winter through the organization Operation Warm.

Longview firefighters are teaming up with longshoremen of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 21 to host a fishing derby Sept. 2 to raise money for charity.

Money raised will go to the [...]


Port of San Francisco welcomes Pasha Automotive Services to Pier 80

The ILWU Local 10 Drill Team performed August 22, 2016 at the inauguration of the Pasha terminal at Pier 80 in San Francisco.

First ship calls to unload automobiles and boats transforming Pier 80 from an underutilized asset to a thriving marine terminal

The Port of San Francisco today welcomed Pasha Automotive Services (PAS), [...]