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.

The One Percent Solution: How Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time

ILWU ally Gordon Lafer helped Local 142 win a collective bargaining agreement with Pacific Beach Hotel in a multi-year struggle. His latest book discusses the powerful forces against America’s workers:

In the aftermath of the 2010 Citizens United decision, it’s become commonplace to note that politics has become dominated by a small slice of the […]


Bernie Sanders, Danny Glover: Union workers have it better

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders stood with thousands at a pro-union rally near Nissan Motor Co.’s plant in Canton, Mississippi, congratulating workers for their courage “in standing up for justice.”

“It’s our job to tell corporate America that they cannot have it all,” Sanders told the crowd. “Start treating the working people of this country with […]


Employer attorney warns port labor bills could backfire

From the Journal of Commerce:

Donato Caruso, an attorney representing USMX employers since 1967, said that though the bargaining process often is messy, it ultimately requires the two sides to resolve their differences based on trust and mutual respect, without government interference.

Congressional proposals to clamp down on longshore unions in reaction to West Coast […]


US lawmakers push for tough labor rules in Pacific trade deal

U.S. trade negotiators must insist on tough standards on human and workers’ rights in a Pacific trade deal spanning 12 countries, more than 150 Democratic lawmakers said in a letter to the Obama administration on Thursday.

The lawmakers, who make up three-quarters of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, urged U.S. Trade Representative Michael […]


OCU Talks to Last Into Next Week at LA-Long Beach

From the Journal of Commerce:

Contract negotiations are continuing between office clerical workers in Los Angeles-Long Beach and 14 waterfront employers.

The Los Angeles-Long Beach Harbor Employers Association and the Office Clerical Unit of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 released a brief statement Monday saying they have set a bargaining schedule into […]


ILWU Ratifies a Grain Agreement with the Major Pacific Northwest Grain Elevator Operators

EGT Remains Defiant, Constituting a Threat to Stability of the Industry

PORTLAND, OR (October 19, 2011) — The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Locals 4, 8, 19, and 23 voted to ratify the tentative agreement that was reached with the Pacific Northwest Grain Elevator Operators on September 14, 2011.

The 2011-2012 Grain Handers Agreement, […]


Australia: Ombudsman prosecutes maritime union

The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched two prosecutions against the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) alleging unlawful industrial actions at Fremantle and Broome.

The first case relates to alleged unlawful industrial action by 113 employees of marine terminal operator DP World at the Fremantle port in May 2009, the Ombudsman said in a statement on […]