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.

Economist says claims of damages to agriculture exports are 'way overblown'

In a Journal of Commerce article called ”Debate erupts over damage to ag exports from the West Coast labor standoff”:

There is no question that exports are being hurt due to port delays stemming from the months-long, acrimonious and still-unresolved negotiations between West Coast dockworkers and management. The media have been filled since late […]


PierPass meets with Federal Maritime Commission and industry stakeholders to address congestion

Excerpts from a Pierpass news release:

PierPass Inc. executives have concluded meetings with the five Federal Maritime Commissioners (including Chairman Mario Cordero) and with FMC staff, briefing them on measures the marine terminal operator (MTO) members of PierPass are taking to address the current congestion issues in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. […]


Ag shippers uneasy; backlog unrelated to negotiations

In an article titled ‘Terminal operators, union negotiating new pact,’ the Capital Press reports:

Exporters of farm products are getting nervous due to the expiration of a labor contract between the longshoremen’s union and West Coast container terminal operators.

While the negotiations continue, ag shippers are uneasy about the prospects of a possible trade disruption, […]