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.

How has your Senator voted on Trump nominees so far?

The New York Times makes it easy to find out where our Senators stand:

The Senate has confirmed each of President Trump’s nominees that it has voted on so far. Fifteen members of the cabinet and eight other top administration posts require Senate confirmation.

All but three of the “no” votes have come from […]


Senators from OR, WA, CA vote to advance damaging trade deal

Disappointing news from DC: In an article titled ”Fast-Track Clears Senate Hurdle In Vote,” AlterNet calls out the Democrats who helped the damaging trade deal TPP advance to the next level.

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is among the West Coast Democrats who cast a bad trade vote against the interests of working families.

The Senate […]


Edward Snowden critiques Dianne Feinstein remarks

From Politico:

”We’re seeing another ‘Merkel Effect,’ where an elected official does not care at all that the rights of millions of ordinary citizens are violated by our spies, but suddenly it’s a scandal when a politician finds out the same thing happens to them.” — Edward Snowden, on Diane Feinstein’s anger about NSA […]


Senate-CIA dispute erupts into a public brawl

”I have grave concerns that the CIA’s search may well have violated the separation-of-powers principles embodied in the U.S. Constitution” and undermined Congress’ ability to effectively oversee the administration, Ms. Feinstein said in a long and detailed speech on the Senate floor Tuesday.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.), a longtime defender of […]


Sens. Boxer, Feinstein urge quick resolution in port labor talks

From yesterday’s Los Angeles Times:

California Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein today joined a growing chorus of concern over the status of long stalled labor contract negotiations at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

More than two years have passed since the last contract expired between the small Office Clerical Unit of […]