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.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies at age 65

Today the ILWU grieves the loss of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who valued and supported workers in his many years of public service. Our condolences to his wife Anita, daughters Tania and Brianna, and all who were fortunate to know him. Rest in Peace, Mayor Lee.



Mayor Lee appoints Elaine Forbes as Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco

Elaine Forbes

San Francisco Mayor Mayor Ed Lee has appointed Elaine Forbes as the Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco. Forbes has been Interim Director of the Port since March 2016.

“Our waterfront is a place for all San Francisco residents and diverse communities, businesses and visitors,” said Port Commission President Willie […]


Port of San Francisco welcomes Pasha Automotive Services to Pier 80

The ILWU Local 10 Drill Team performed August 22, 2016 at the inauguration of the Pasha terminal at Pier 80 in San Francisco.

First ship calls to unload automobiles and boats transforming Pier 80 from an underutilized asset to a thriving marine terminal

The Port of San Francisco today welcomed Pasha Automotive Services (PAS), […]


Mayor Ed Lee’s Port Commission pick sails through board committee

From the San Francisco Examiner:

Eleni Kounalakis

Mayor Ed Lee’s Port Commission appointment to fill the seat vacated by his previous controversial pick, Mel Murphy, sailed through the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee on Thursday.

Eleni Kounalakis, if ultimately confirmed by the full board in two weeks, would serve on the five-member Port Commission, filling […]


San Francisco flags flying at half mast today for ILWU brother LeRoy King

ILWU brother LeRoy King praised for fighting for labor, civil rights, housing

Mr. King died Friday of natural causes in the San Francisco home where he lived since 1963. He was 91.

In an article titled ‘LeRoy King, longtime S.F. labor, civil rights leader, dies,’ the San Francisco Chronicle wrote:

In a statement Sunday, […]


China’s Vantone eyes Pier 19 in S.F.

Piers 19 and 23 in San Francisco

China’s Vantone Holdings Co. is in talks to transform San Francisco’s vacant Pier 19 into space for Chinese companies seeking to do business in the United States, people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Talks between Vantone and San Francisco to develop Pier 19 are preliminary, […]


Mayor Ed Lee names longshoreman Willie Adams to Port Commission

Mayor Ed Lee, left, watches as ILWU International Secretary-Treasurer speaks at the podium.

From SF gate:

Mayor Ed Lee on Monday appointed William “Willie” Adams, a former longshoreman and current official in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, to San Francisco’s Port Commission.

Adams spent 24 years as a longshoreman and marine clerk, starting […]


Ground Broken On New SF Cruise Terminal Named For Late ILWU Leader

Jimmy Herman, former International President of the ILWU

San Francisco’s newest cruise ship terminal has been named after a former president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. The James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27 now carries the name of the man who was president of the ILWU from 1977 to 1991 and […]