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.

Maritime, dockworker unions criticize Liberty Marine’s labor switch

Note: Read the full Maritime Labor Alliance release about this jurisdictional violation here

From American Shipper:

A collective of ship and dockworkers unions are protesting a decision by Liberty Maritime to employ deck and engineering officers from another union to operate its newest U.S.-flag ship, rather than those members of its longtime union, the Marine […]


Maritime unions call for Matsuda to resign

The unions blasted David Matsuda, above, for a report that ‘includes possible cost-cutting suggestions that are completely contrary to the overall best interests of the United States, represents a gigantic failure in Matsuda’s leadership and a missed opportunity on the part of the Maritime Administration.’

Maritime unions are up in arms and calling for the […]


Opinion: Maritime Administration Disregards Shipboard Labor, Releases Flawed Report

Matson in San Francisco Bay, 1958. Matson is one of the few shipping companies that still employs American crews, as required by the Jones Act of 1920 of shipping companies that transport cargo among American ports.

The following is excerpted from a statement by American Maritime Officers; International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots; […]


Liberty Maritime replaces MEBA crews with AMO during labor dispute

M.E.B.A. leadership has asked AMO members to respect the M.E.B.A picket line and not work on several ships including the Liberty Grace, and pointed out said that M.E.B.A did not interfere with AMO’s strike at American Steamship Company this past summer.

Liberty Maritime Corporation has found themselves in the midst of a heated labor […]