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.

Coal-shipping plan divides Oakland over health, jobs issues

Several ILWU representatives spoke against coal exports — but in favor of other bulk products — at the Oakland City Council on Sept 21. Katrina Booker, ILWU Local 10 longshorewoman, said she’d seen the negative health effects of coal and that developers should instead export cleaner, safer cargoes from the terminal.

Opposition to coal is [...]


The ever diminishing ambitions of BHP Billiton

From Mining.com:

Ambition has become a scarce commodity at the top end of mining.

Projects are being been delayed, expansions shelved, exploration stalled, assets sold and expenditures deferred.

Nowhere is this thrown in sharper relief than at BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining company, by a wide (if declining) margin.

The Melbourne-based giant released [...]


Pollution, health concerns over plan for coal exports at Oakland Port

”We are adamantly opposed to coal. We’re not against the terminal; we welcome the terminal. We’re just opposed to coal.” — Derrick Muhammad, ILWU Local 10 Business Agent, testifying against coal exports on September 21, 2015.

A lengthy public hearing in Oakland Monday afternoon and evening sought to parse out the benefits or drawbacks [...]


Oakland Coal hearing: True opposition, fake support

ILWU Local 10 Business Agent Derrick Muhammad speaks out against coal for health and economic reasons — and others were exploited to show ‘support’ in exchange for a free T-shirt and meal — in this news clip from KPIX titled ‘Oakland Residents Weigh In On Proposed Coal Train Terminal’:

Hundreds gathered in Monday night [...]


Oakland Longshore Workers Say No to Coal

”Waterfront space is in short supply on the West Coast, and it would be a mistake to lock Oakland into a decades-long lease with a coal industry that many say is dying,” said ILWU Local 34 President Sean Farley.

Excerpts from World Maritime News:

Unionized longshore workers and marine clerks at the Ports of [...]


Oakland longshore workers oppose shipping coal at new terminal

From the Contra Costa Times:

Longshore workers at the Port of Oakland are opposing a developer’s plan to ship coal to Asia through a new terminal at the old Army Base.

Members of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 and Local 34 voted to oppose the handling of coal at a new bulk maritime [...]


East Bay labor unions say ‘No’ to coal in Oakland

The official voice of the labor movement in the East Bay has come out against plans to export coal from Oakland. This morning, the Alameda Labor Council’s executive committee passed a resolution opposing the export of coal from the bulk commodity terminal planned for construction at the city’s former Army Base.

The resolution cites health [...]


Longshore Workers vote to oppose coal exports in Oakland

Oakland shouldn’t become the dumping ground for dirty, low value cargoes rejected at other ports, union says. There are better cargoes for that location that will bring good waterfront jobs to Oakland

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 18, 2015) – Longshore workers and marine clerks who have moved cargo at the Ports of Oakland and [...]


Washington coal export project in jeopardy

Montana congressmen are urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to disregard a request from the Lummi Tribe to abandon an environmental review of the proposed Gateway Pacific coal export terminal at Cherry Point in Bellingham, Washington.

The Lummi fish next to Cherry Point and argue the terminal would violate their treaty fishing rights.



Multnomah County, Portland to consider fossil fuel divestment policies

Earlier this year, ILWU Local 8 worked with local activists to stop a rail-clogging coal export facility from being built at the Port of Portland. They thanked the Mayor for withdrawing his support for the ill advised project. The local opposition to coal is now moving to divestments of public money and retirement funds.



Coal dealt another heavy blow in California

The bad news continued for the coal industry on Wednesday as the California Assembly passed a bill that would require the states pension funds CalPers and CalSTRS to liquidate their investments in coal companies. The two public employee pension funds manage a combined $476 billion in assets.

Why Coal? According to the bill’s author and [...]


Lummi Chairman: We will fight coal terminal ‘by all means necessary’

From the Indian Country Today Media Network:

As an indigenous nation with a government-to government relationship with the United States, the Lummi Nation’s opposition to the Gateway Pacific Terminal carries some weight. And supporters are stepping up their efforts on behalf of the project as the Army Corps of Engineers readies its decision on whether [...]


Crow Tribe signs partnership in Washington coal port development

The Crow Tribe has struck a partnership with SSA Marine to develop a Puget Sound coal terminal in Washington state considered crucial to exporting Indian coal.

Cloud Peak Energy, which owns the Spring Creek Mine a few miles from Crow Reservation, is a 49 percent shareholder in the Gateway Pacific Terminal. The mining company is [...]


Arch Coal’s future Gets Darker

In an article titled ‘Arch Coal’s future gets darker,’ the Wall Street Journal reports:

The combined value of Arch and rivals Peabody Energy Corp. and Alpha Natural Resources Inc. is barely $400 million. Other miners have filed for bankruptcy protection, a fate likely to befall some more.

Big Coal is at once a faint shadow [...]


Outrage over coal shipping engulfs $500 million Oakland army base project

The possibility of coal shipments through a new $500 million shipping and logistics center in West Oakland is turning environmentalists against one of the city’s biggest real estate projects.

Shipping center operator Terminal Logistic Solutions has been in talks with four counties in Utah, which approved a $53 million investment in April to move materials [...]