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.

Building Trades Council joins group challenging Portland’s ban on new fossil fuel terminals

From the NW Labor Press:

The Columbia Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council has joined a coalition challenging a new City of Portland ordinance that restricts the development and expansion of bulk fossil fuel terminals.

The yet-to-be-named coalition includes the Portland Business Alliance and a wide range of businesses along the Portland Harbor that are […]


Unions stand at Standing Rock

Northwest Labor Press published this photo from the Standing Rock protest encampment with Isaiah Barnes of the Sioux nation, and Jamison Roberts and Steve Hunt of Vancouver ILWU Local 4.

Excerpts from Northwest Labor Press:

On Thanksgiving Day, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 4 put out a call for donations of cold […]


ILWU Local 21 says propane exports ‘not a good fit’ for Longview

Excerpts from a Daily News article titled ”JH Kelly in line for Haven’s propane terminal contract”:

Despite local trade labor’s support, ILWU Local 21 expressed concerns about the nature of the permanent jobs, rail congestion and the safety and location of the terminal.

“We have concerns about an upstart company storing (millions of gallons) of […]


Tunnel-digger Bertha heading back to work; ILWU will continue to fight for jobs

ILWU Local 19 pickets Seattle Tunnel Partners’ failure to abide by their written agreement to hire longshore workers for tunnel-related waterfront jobs. KREM photo.

Excerpts from the Seattle Times:

While protest signs have been removed, and the massive drill Bertha can resume its 14-month dig from Sodo to South Lake Union, the longshore […]


ILWU disafilliates from AFL-CIO

[A PDF of the following letter is available at this link]

August 29, 2013

President Richard Trumka AFL-CIO 815 16th Street, NW Washington, DC 20006

Re: ILWU Disaffiliation

Brother Trumka:

It is with regret but resolve that we have come to the point where the International Longshore and Warehouse […]


Seattle longshore workers to fight for waterfront jobs

From an article called “Longshore union demands jobs loading tunnel dirt” in the Seattle Times:

”Just like ILWU doesn’t go up there and build skyscrapers, nor should operating engineers go and do longshore work.” — Cam Williams, President, ILWU Local 19

Longshoremen are mulling their options to resist what they consider a take-away of […]


Not All Labor Leaders Happy With AFL-CIO’s Obama Endorsement

Excerpts from In These Times, March 15:

Last May, AFL-CIO President Trumka declared labor’s political independence by pledging to use the power of Super PACS to reach out to nonunion voters and build labor’s own political organization and message outside of the Democratic Party. Yesterday, the leaders of the labor federation unanimously endorsed President Obama […]


Here’s why Longshore workers are so angry

A respected Washington labor blog called The Stand has published this excellent article. Below are some excepts; read it in its entirety at The Stand.

LONGVIEW (Sept. 8th) — Violence erupted today in a major labor dispute that has simmered for months at the Port of Longview, leading to work shutdowns at ports up and […]