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.

US climbdown on container scanning?

The US government had planned to have systems in place capable of scanning every container entering US ports – about 11.6m teu per year – by 2012, but this was again delayed by two years due to gaps in the logistics chain.

Few in the industry are surprised to hear that the US may have […]


Study: Imports Support 16 Million US Jobs

More than 16 million U.S. jobs depend on imports, according to a new study commissioned by the Consumer Electronics Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Retail Federation, and the American Apparel & Footwear Association.

The economic impact study, which was prepared by Laura M. Baughman and Joseph F. Francois of Trade Partnership Worldwide, […]


Protesters Seek Openness at Pacific-Region Trade Pact Talks

Transparency has become an issue of the Pacific-region talks, with consumer, labor and environmental groups siding with some U.S. lawmakers who want participants to make their positions public.

Dozens of groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and International Brotherhood of Teamsters met with negotiators during Pacific-region trade talks in Leesburg, Virginia, as protesters called […]


Obama Trade Document Leaked, Revealing New Corporate Powers And Broken Campaign Promises

Text published recently at the Huffington Post:

A 2006 study found that El Salvador’s San Sebastian River contains 100,000 times more acid than uncontaminated bodies of water in the same region and levels of poisonous cyanide more than 10 times higher than the maximum allowed by the World Health Organization. In 2006 the Salvadoran […]


USAID Grants $3 Million to Solidarity Center’s Bogotá Office – Unionists Want to Know Why

From the Alliance for Global Justice:

The Solidarity Center has some good and helpful programs and some that are at least more or less benign. But these good programs can act to hide a more fundamental purpose to infiltrate and influence the labor movements of other countries and to provide a channel of interference in […]