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.

ILWU Members from West Coast Ports Travel to Support KEX Grainhandlers

From the ILWU Dispatcher:

Top row, from left to right: Seth Barnhart, Lance Paul, Vince Meyer, Steve Utter Jr., Mark Boultinghouse, Ron Nelson, Alexis Nelson, Micah Brennan, Dustin Satcher, Tom Sager, Brandon Hendrick. Bottom row, from left to right: Mike Boyd, Larry Barnhart, Korbin Utter, Landon Utter, J.J. Burkey, Pat Brennan, Dave Thomas, Colton […]


International Longshore and Warehouse Union donates $20,000 to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, expressing sadness about the devastation and hope for rebuilding, has donated $20,000 to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

In a letter sent to the United Way Relief Fund on August 31, the union’s top elected officers wrote, “It is an absolute tragedy that so many families have […]


ILWU Local 19: City officials’ move to limit port cargo is ‘extremely disappointing’

Excerpts from an article titled ‘Seattle mayor snubs Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling fleet’:

Local officials are trying to stop Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling fleet from docking at Seattle’s harbor for the summer, saying that current arrangements go against the port terminal’s land-use permit.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the current contract between the Port of Seattle […]


Port of Seattle, Eagle Marine agree to make Terminal 5 big ship ready

Under the proposal, EMS would shift its operations to Terminal 18, allowing EMS to preserve container volume and ship calls.

The Port of Seattle and Eagle Marine Services (EMS), operator of Terminal 5, have announced a proposal to relocate its cargo and breakbulk activities to another terminal so that the port can modernize Terminal 5 […]


Pickets gone, but Bertha isn’t moving yet

Excerpts from the Seattle Times:

Despite a halt to the longshore union’s picketing Tuesday, tunnel-boring machine Bertha needs a few days before it can restart.

One might expect drilling to begin immediately, given that Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) had four weeks of delay to prepare. But it’s not that simple, contractor and state officials say.



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 […]


Tunnel project mismanagement behind Seattle labor dispute

Mismanagement of Seattle’s “Big Bertha” Tunnel Project is responsible for the current labor problems with the Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP), contends representatives from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 19.

The union cites problems at the top management levels of STP relating to the Deep Bore Tunnel “Project Labor Agreement” (PLA), and problems […]


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 […]


Longshore union: NBA vote against Seattle a chance to ‘take a deep breath’

While NBA fans were disappointed after Wednesday’s decision by the league to reject a plan to move the Sacramento Kings to Seattle, not everyone in the Emerald City was that upset.

Freight industry leaders have been fighting plans to build a basketball arena in Seattle’s Sodo area. And the local longshore union has legal action […]


Longshoremen slam Seattle arena environmental review

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Still reeling from last month’s court ruling that the environmental study is not flawed, the Longshoremen’s Union will appeal.

At a news briefing on Tuesday, aside the Longshoremen’s Union, Seattle Mayoral […]


Judge blocks longshore workers’ Sonics arena lawsuit

ILWU Locals 19 and 52 speak out on protecting jobs at Port of Seattle in October.

Longshore workers and their attorneys Friday vowed to keep fighting the proposed Sodo sports arena after a King County judge tossed their lawsuit challenging the location.

“We will continue to oppose this project and the development of a […]


ILWU Locals 19 and 52 speak out on protecting port jobs in Seattle

Cameron Williams, center, president of ILWU Local 19, is flanked by attorneys and other union representatives (far left, Max Vekich, and far right, Andrea Stevenson, both representing ILWU Local 52) as he talks to reporters, Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, about the intent to file a lawsuit on behalf of International Longshore and Warehouse Union […]


ILWU Local 19 files legal challenge to proposed arena near Port of Seattle

Proposed arena interferes with Port traffic

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) local 19, filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court Thursday challenging the decision of the City of Seattle and King County to move forward with an agreement to build a sports arena in Seattle’s industrial Sodo district. Union leaders and their […]


Grain and Greed in the Northwest

Collective bargaining negotiations are underway in the Northwest between the ILWU and grain industry giants. Here’s the background in the ILWU Dispatcher:

Grain is the new gold for multinationals eager to move valuable cargo for a healthy profit.

Global grain giants, 80 years into contract, try to squeeze longshore workers

Wheat-based bread on Japan’s […]


200 longshore workers protest EGT at grain industry conference

Members of the ILWU protest EGT at a national grain conference in Seattle. Photo by Cameron Williams, ILWU Local 19 president.

SEATTLE, WA (August 23, 2011) — A group of more than 200 union longshore workers from Washington and Oregon chanted and protested during EGT head Larry Clarke’s speech at the 2011 Midwest Specialty […]