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.

Union leader Ronaldo Blear: ‘We feel ambushed’

Ronaldo Blear was overwhelmingly reelected as Secretary General of the SINTRAJAP dockworkers union after the Costa Rican government helped install a sham leadership last year.

[NOTE: The following excerpt is from an interview between Costa Rica’s Tico Times and Ronaldo Blear, the recently reelected leader of the SINTRAJAP dockworkers union. The ILWU Coast […]


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 […]


International labor union applauds court decision to restore longshore leaders

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Coast Longshore Division had condemned the Costa Rican government for disrupting democratic processes relating to leadership of Sintrajap.

The ILWU’s charges were made in regard to a process earlier this year whereby Sintrajap’s leadership was replaced by a vote of the union’s assembly. The union’s new leadership accepted […]


Costa Rica’s Constitutional Court Restores Limón Port Union Leaders

The ILWU Coast Longshore Division published ads in Costa Rican newspapers supporting the democratically elected union leaders.

The ouster of democratically elected leaders of the SINTRAJAP union prompted the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s (ILWU’s) Coast Longshore Division to charge Costa Rica with “serious and repeated failures by the government of Costa Rica to […]


Limón port privatization plan hits major snag

The Constitutional Branch of the Supreme Court (Sala IV) threw a curveball at the Limón revitalization project this week, when it called for the reinstallation of the former leadership of the Atlantic Port Authority’s union (Sintrajap).

Since the former leadership of Sintrajap was ousted in January by the union’s general assembly – a move deemed […]


Costa Rican Court Rejects Illegal Coup of Longshore Union

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ILWU President calls high court’s order ‘an important step forward in the never-ending battle to protect workers’ rights

Ronaldo Blear, General Secretary of SINTRAJAP

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 26, 2010) — Costa Rican longshore workers are celebrating yesterday’s ruling in their country’s Constitutional Court […]


Muelles del Caribe de Costa Rica en manos privadas serán menos competitivos

[English Summary: The title, “Caribbean Coast Ports would be less competetive in private hands” is well supported in this article from El Pais, a national Costa Rican newspaper. The labor coalition ANEP (the National Association of Public and Private Employees) has uncovered government documents revealing that privatization of the ports of Limón and Moín would […]