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.

Marubeni to sow further investment in grain trader Gavilon

From The Wall Street Journal:

Japanese trading house Marubeni Corp. MARUY 0.91 % is set to increase its investment in Gavilon, the U.S.-based grain trader it bought two years ago, in an attempt to turn around the division’s disappointing performance, a senior company executive said.

Poor harvests in the past couple of years in the [...]


Employer attorney warns port labor bills could backfire

From the Journal of Commerce:

Donato Caruso, an attorney representing USMX employers since 1967, said that though the bargaining process often is messy, it ultimately requires the two sides to resolve their differences based on trust and mutual respect, without government interference.

Congressional proposals to clamp down on longshore unions in reaction to West Coast [...]


Opinion: Port races are important for Thurston County economic future

Longshore workers in Olympia, WA, donated time and money to assist in disaster relief for Japan, where bottled water was needed after the tsunami and earthquake. This May 2011 photo shows members of ILWU Local 47 and voluntary travelers loading one of 29 pallets of water onto the log ship Global Wisdom.

ILWU Local [...]


Police shut down MUA protest over ‘predatory corporate behaviour’

From an article in the Brisbane Times:

Union protesters have blockaded the front gates of Caltex’s Brisbane refinery to rally against job cuts on board the Alexander Spirit fuel tanker ship.

About two dozen Maritime Union of Australia protesters rallied in solidarity at the Caltex refinery in Lytton on Friday.

The tanker had been chartered [...]


'Expensive and risky' port bill passes Senate committee on party lines

In an article titled ‘Senate to consider US port productivity bill,’ the Journal of Commerce reports:

A U.S. Senate committee Wednesday voted to send new legislation requiring U.S. ports to provide monthly productivity reports to the federal government to the Senate floor.

In a 13-11 vote along party lines, committee senators gave their stamp of [...]


Ghana dockworker leader: ‘Privatization of port operations leading to job losses’

”It is important for us to recognize that the employment of permanent and unionized skilled dock workers is necessary for the creation of a safe working environment at the ports,” Owusu-Koranteng explained at the ITF workshop.

The General Secretary of the Maritime and Dock Workers Union (MDU), Mr Daniel Owusu-Koranteng, has observed that the [...]


Oakland port adds 400 dockworkers

Excerpts from Hellenic Shipping News:

In addition to adding workers, they agreed to train and promote 100 current workers. That will expand the workforce available to fill positions requiring greater skill and experience.

A buildup of ships and cargo has led Port of Oakland terminal operators to begin hiring 400 new dockworkers, port officials said.



ILWU backs LaBrant for Port of Vancouver commissioner

From The Columbian:

Eric LaBrant

Eric LaBrant, a candidate for the District 2 seat on the nonpartisan Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners, has been endorsed by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 4, his campaign announced this week.

“The longshoremen and women rely on the port for 100 percent of their jobs,” LaBrant [...]


PMA, ILWU trade blame for Oakland delays

The Journal of Commerce’s take on congestion at the Port of Oakland:

Skilled longshoremen are not showing up for work in the numbers they should be at the Port of Oakland, contributing to vessel backlogs and longer truck turn times, president of the Pacific Maritime Association said.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union contends the [...]


Labor Secretary thanks ILWU leaders and workers in remarks at port

In an article called ‘Ports commit to strengthening harbor complex,’ the Signal Tribune writes:

Port leaders and elected officials from Long Beach and Los Angeles were cautiously optimistic last week during their visit with United States Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez, who had returned to the state four months after helping to negotiate a five-year [...]


US Labor chief, Congressman reject bills targeting port negotiations

U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez during at visit to the Port of Los Angeles on Monday. Click on the image to view the rest of the gallery by Press-Telegram photographer Thomas R. Cordova.

Text from an article titled ”US Labor chief rejects bills seeking port labor-management system reform” in the Journal of Commerce: [...]


California ports moving beyond landlord status to address productivity problems

Excerpts from an article in the Journal of Commerce:

Even before they endured four months of embarrassing and costly work slowdowns during contract negotiations between the ILWU and the PMA in 2014-15, California’s landlord container ports knew they had a congestion problem. They are now addressing the main cause of port congestion, which is outdated [...]


San Francisco flags flying at half mast today for ILWU brother LeRoy King

ILWU brother LeRoy King praised for fighting for labor, civil rights, housing

Mr. King died Friday of natural causes in the San Francisco home where he lived since 1963. He was 91.

In an article titled ‘LeRoy King, longtime S.F. labor, civil rights leader, dies,’ the San Francisco Chronicle wrote:

In a statement Sunday, [...]


Chassis inspections make docks, highways safer

From an article in Land Line Magazine titled ‘New chassis inspection process draws complaints’:

”The end result is the highways are a little safer, the docks are a little safer, and anybody who’s been given a bum chassis finds out before they get ticketed by the CHP.” — Craig Merrilees, ILWU spokesperson.

The Intermodal Conference [...]


IDC: Solidarity with SUTRAMPORPC in Callao as APM is laying off striking workers

Statement from the International Dockworkers’ Council:

After more than two intense weeks of conflict and indefinite strike at the port of Callao following the refusal of APM Terminals to negotiate some of the crucial demands from SUTRAMPORPC to reach an agreement on the workers’ contract that expired more than one year ago, and [...]