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.

Port of Portland terminal operator files coercion charge against Portland longshoremen

Excerpts from the Oregonian:

Portland longshoremen will not give up.

Thwarted by the National Labor Relations Board in their quest for two waterfront jobs, the dockworkers’ union is changing tactics, pressuring shipping lines to give them the work or face claims for lost wages.

If that happens, Hanjin Shipping Co., for one, plans to hand […]


What's really happening at Portland's Terminal 6? Read this Q&A

In its regular feature called “Hotseat,” the Willamette Week interviewed Coast Committeeman Leal Sundet and published parts of the interview:

The Willamette Week came to ILWU Local 8 to interview Sundet about the port dispute.

Leal Sundet says it’s bad enough that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union is getting a raw deal at […]


ILWU clarifies position regarding third-party protests at ports

A third-party proposal to shut down terminals on December 12 has not been vetted by union’s democratic process

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 22, 2011) — In response to recent third-party announcements that community activists will attempt to shut down various West Coast marine terminals on December 12, 2011, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) […]


JOC reports on proposed 12/12 shutdown

In an article called “Occupy Protests Calls for West Coast Ports Shutdown; Protestors will have to attempt Dec. 12 shutdown without ILWU support,” the Journal of Commerce reported today:

The Occupy Movement is calling for a shutdown of all West Coast ports on Dec. 12, but they will have to pursue their goal without the […]


County interjects itself into EGT case

The ILWU sees this action by the Cowlitz County commissioners as completely inappropriate, and here’s why:

Cowlitz County commissioners asked a federal judge Tuesday to expedite a decision in the dispute over union labor at the new EGT grain terminal, saying they fear the already “very volatile situation” could escalate into “serious injury.”

EGT filed […]


15-minute coastwide silence supports ILWU president’s surrender

ILWU International President Bob McEllrath turns himself into Cowlitz County officials on September 26, 2011 for charges related to a September 7 demonstration in rural Cowlitz County.Behind him is International Vice President for the International Longshoremen's Association Ken Riley of Charleston, South Carolina, who stood with McEllrath to show ILA's support for the fight […]


ILWU files civil rights lawsuit to stop police brutality in Longview, Cowlitz County, WA

Heavy-handed police presence at EGT in at Port of Longview, WA, September 22, 2011. Don Ryan/AP photo

TACOMA, WA [September 22, 2011] – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and ILWU Local 21 today responded to ongoing police brutality and harassment related to its labor dispute with EGT Development at the Port of Longview […]


ILWU, grain elevator firms reach tentative deal

Sept. 14: The Pacific Northwest Grain Elevator Operators and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union came to agreement on a labor agreement on Wednesday. The agreement is subject to ratification by the union.

The ILWU represents 4,000 men and women on the docks and in grain terminals in Oregon and Washington. The Pacific Northwest Grain […]


ILWU leader tells Sheriff Mark Nelson: Stop the abusive, sensationalistic arrests of union members

Leal Sundet, Coast Committeeman for the Coast Longshore Division, has sent this letter to Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson:

September 15, 2011

Via first class mail and fax

Sheriff Mark S. Nelson Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office 312 S.W. 1st Ave. Kelso, WA 98626

Mr. Nelson:

I am writing to urge you to change your current […]


El Callao debe seguir siendo puerto estatal

Peruvian Congressman and dockworker Luis Negreiros, center, last summer met with the ILWU Coast Longshore Division to discuss problems in Callao. Also pictured are Coast Committeemen Leal Sundet and Ray Ortiz, Jr.

[ENGLISH SUMMARY: In the following interview, Peruvian Congressman and union dockworker Luis Negreiros says the recent concession of Terminal Norte in […]


Activists tell grain exporter to ‘Respect the Union Waterfront’

“Union longshore workers have made the Northwest one of the most productive grain exporting regions in the world,” said Dan Coffman, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 21 in Longview. “This new grain terminal stands to gain by playing by the same rules as the other grain operators that are making […]


The fight for union autonomy and workers’ rights in Latin America

Coast Longshore Division supports dockworkers and their unions

Published in the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter, Winter 2010 issue.

In the past year, the Coast Committee has become increasingly involved in regional solidarity through direct support of dockworkers in Latin America. Latin American dockworkers are seeing the social contracts that they have with their governments systematically […]