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.

Environmentalists ask judge to halt $500-million harbor-area rail yard

From the Los Angeles Times:

A coalition of environmentalists, community groups and Long Beach officials is seeking a court order to halt construction of a controversial $500-million Port of Los Angeles rail yard that they claim will increase pollution in surrounding low-income, minority communities.

During hearings Monday and Tuesday, attorneys representing the group asked Contra [...]


Port of Oakland in talks to build Seaport Logistics Complex

Port of Oakland news release:

Talks have begun to develop the next phase of a 170-acre Seaport Logistics Complex at the Port of Oakland. Port Commissioners gave the go-ahead last night, authorizing exclusive negotiations between the Port and industrial real estate developer CenterPoint Properties.

The Port and developer were given six months to reach agreement [...]


California coal terminal not a legitimate use of Utah millions, groups say

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

Utah’s proposed $53 million investment in an Oakland, Calif., export terminal is a flagrant abuse of community-impact funds that not only violates federal and state law, but will also subsidize private coal mining corporations and out-of-state developers at the expense of Utah taxpayers and local governments.

That’s according to two [...]


$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 [...]


How China’s growing appetite is transforming an American port

The Diplomat holds development at the Port of Oakland as ‘evidence of China’s growing appetite for American agricultural products.’

Excerpts from The Diplomat:

From forks to iPhones to couches, “Made in China” products fill American stores. U.S. ports typically import far more from China than they export, but Oakland stands as a rare exception. [...]


Proposed coal terminal in Longview hits setback Longview coal terminal environmental study to 2016

From an article titled ‘State delays coal terminal environmental study to 2016′ in The Daily News:

A draft environmental study for the $643 million Longview coal terminal that had been due in November has been postponed until 2016, the state Department of Ecology announced Thursday.

A schedule that Gov. Jay Inslee’s office agreed to a [...]


Coal-shipping plan divides Oakland over health, jobs issues

Several ILWU representatives spoke against coal exports — but in favor of other bulk products — at the Oakland City Council on Sept 21. Katrina Booker, ILWU Local 10 longshorewoman, said she’d seen the negative health effects of coal and that developers should instead export cleaner, safer cargoes from the terminal.

Opposition to coal is [...]


Pollution, health concerns over plan for coal exports at Oakland Port

”We are adamantly opposed to coal. We’re not against the terminal; we welcome the terminal. We’re just opposed to coal.” — Derrick Muhammad, ILWU Local 10 Business Agent, testifying against coal exports on September 21, 2015.

A lengthy public hearing in Oakland Monday afternoon and evening sought to parse out the benefits or drawbacks [...]


Oakland Coal hearing: True opposition, fake support

ILWU Local 10 Business Agent Derrick Muhammad speaks out against coal for health and economic reasons — and others were exploited to show ‘support’ in exchange for a free T-shirt and meal — in this news clip from KPIX titled ‘Oakland Residents Weigh In On Proposed Coal Train Terminal’:

Hundreds gathered in Monday night [...]


Oakland Longshore Workers Say No to Coal

”Waterfront space is in short supply on the West Coast, and it would be a mistake to lock Oakland into a decades-long lease with a coal industry that many say is dying,” said ILWU Local 34 President Sean Farley.

Excerpts from World Maritime News:

Unionized longshore workers and marine clerks at the Ports of [...]


Long Beach Port project means more cargo by rail, less by trucks

Paid in part with state and federal funds, the $93 million Green Port Gateway project solves a critical part of managing cargo growth for the nation’s second-busiest seaport by adding a third track on the southeast side of the port to ease bottlenecks, officials said.

The new nearly 6-mile track near Ocean Boulevard serves the [...]


East Bay labor unions say ‘No’ to coal in Oakland

The official voice of the labor movement in the East Bay has come out against plans to export coal from Oakland. This morning, the Alameda Labor Council’s executive committee passed a resolution opposing the export of coal from the bulk commodity terminal planned for construction at the city’s former Army Base.

The resolution cites health [...]


Longshore Workers vote to oppose coal exports in Oakland

Oakland shouldn’t become the dumping ground for dirty, low value cargoes rejected at other ports, union says. There are better cargoes for that location that will bring good waterfront jobs to Oakland

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 18, 2015) – Longshore workers and marine clerks who have moved cargo at the Ports of Oakland and [...]


Multnomah County, Portland to consider fossil fuel divestment policies

Earlier this year, ILWU Local 8 worked with local activists to stop a rail-clogging coal export facility from being built at the Port of Portland. They thanked the Mayor for withdrawing his support for the ill advised project. The local opposition to coal is now moving to divestments of public money and retirement funds.



Port of Vancouver celebrates completion of rail trench project

The Port of Vancouver on Thursday shined a spotlight on the completion of a $30 million project — a new rail entrance to the port dubbed the “trench” — that’s part of a larger effort to relieve congestion and to speed products to markets.

A new rail entrance to the port, the project allows trains [...]