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.

Deadlock continues on Baltimore ILA pact

Excerpts from the JOC:

”We are committed to assist you to achieve a fair and equitable local contract and to remove any financial burdens or obstacles that are an attempt by employers and a misguided arbitrator to weaken your efforts for union representation.” — Dennis Daggett, president of the ILA’s Atlantic Coast District, in [...]


Halifax port workers pen new deal

More than 400 workers at the Halifax port have ratified a new collective agreement.

Signed at the beginning of April, the deal covers approximately 300 longshoremen, foremen and walking bosses, as well as about 70 checkers and 70 gear repair men working at the Port of Halifax, who had been without a contract since Dec. [...]


Coast Caucus concludes with priorities and a plan for Longshore contract negotiations

ILWU Longshore Caucus Delegates, March 2014

The 90 delegates and dozens of pensioners who gathered in San Francisco for the Coast Longshore Division Caucus concluded their two week meeting on March 7 after adopting an approach to negotiations for a new Longshore & Clerks Contract that expires on June 30.

Resolutions set the agenda



Settlement reached in Vancouver truck dispute

Striking truck drivers (on March 26) reached an agreement with Port Metro Vancouver, the federal government of Canada and the provincial government of British Columbia to end the 28-day strike that has wreaked havoc at Canada’s busiest port.

The agreement that was reached, if implemented successfully, could have implications for busy U.S. container ports [...]


Religious leaders urge Mitsui-UGC to repent sins of greed, theft, manipulaton

Father Jeremy Lucas said he doesn’t hate the people who run United Grain but that he feels sorry and pity for them. ”Hate gets us nowhere,” he said. Lucas also called on the Port of Vancouver and on the city of Vancouver to repent their sins, including the city’s sin of choosing to send [...]


JOC: McKenna optimistic on West Coast contract negotiations

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The chief negotiator for waterfront employers on the West Coast is optimistic that the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union will reach a contract agreement this summer without a strike or lockout.

PMA President Jim McKenna predicted that an agreement will be reached in mid [...]


United Grain's yearlong lockout has big impact on livelihoods

ILWU Local 4 Dispatcher Troy Olson has 44 fewer jobs to dispatch to the union’s membership since Mitsui-United Grain locked out workers last year. Photo by Zachary Kaufman, The Columbian.

From the Columbian:

ILWU member Marcel DeBord says his family has been hit hard by the lockout. He looks for work at the [...]


APM Terminals Bahrain signs agreement with Port Workers Union

APM Terminals Bahrain, and the operator of Khalifa Bin Salman Port, recently signed a three year Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Port Workers Union, valid from 2014 to 2017.

Speaking at the signing, Mr. Marco Neelsen, Chief Executive Officer of APM Terminals Bahrain said: “We will continue to invest in the well-being of our employees [...]


Chile: Port workers denounce militarization of the docks

Chilean docks militarized, January 2014.

Workers say the government gives military support to private concessionaire’s strikebreakers

It’s been nearly two weeks that ports across Chile have been paralyzed over a demand for back pay. HispanTV was in San Antonio, the most important port in Chile, where private concessionaires have gotten the government to [...]


IAM District 751 urges rejection of Boeing offer

From IAM District 751 leadership to its members:

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

If you have not already heard, we want to let you know that the International is forcing a vote on Boeing’s latest proposal on January 3, 2014.

Due to the massive takeaways, your District 751 leadership is united with a recommendation that you [...]


Colombian trade unionist murdered, others face immediate risk

Striking Nestle worker and union organizer Oscar López Triviño was shot by multiple paramilitaries in Colombia this week.

Our condolences go out to Mr. López’ family, friends and colleagues. Nuestras condolencias a los familiares, compañeros de trabajo y amigos del señor López.

Oscar López Triviño was murdered on November 9 in the Colombian city [...]


Federal Judge Cites ILWU for Contempt of Court

Locked-out ILWU members and supporters have taken their message to the water. Union members have been locked out by Japanese corporations Marubeni and Mitsui. Photo by ILWU Local 4

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

A federal judge has found the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in civil contempt of court for ignoring an [...]


Work stoppage over at Port of Baltimore

Workers at the Port of Baltimore are back on the job after striking last week.

Longshoremen at the port went on strike last week after contract negotiations stalled Tuesday. Three other unions representing port workers joined the strike.

The Port of Baltimore said late Friday that management and the longshoremen agreed to a 90-day cool [...]


ILWU statement: Restricting boat pickets violates free speech rights

Exploiting Taft-Hartley loopholes, the grain elevators created shell companies to try and conceal their own involvement at the spud barges. The Union believes that restricting water pickets violates free speech rights. Photo by OPB.

A U.S. District Court judge issued a preliminary ruling Tuesday ordering the ILWU to cease picketing of Tidewater’s spud barges until [...]


Longshore Union Quits the AFL-CIO

Excerpts from Labor Notes:

In an August 29 letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, ILWU President Robert McEllrath cited these ongoing juristictional battles as part of the union’s decision to disaffiliate. The skirmishes hit close to home: McEllrath comes out of Vancouver, Washington’s Local 4, where members of rival unions are crossing ILWU picket lines, [...]