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.

Port of Longview candidate wants to 'loosen port’s ties to the ILWU' and open port to non-union labor

‘That worked well with EGT didn’t it?’ said Averett, referring to the 2011 labor unrest when the ILWU clashed with EGT over jurisdiction.

Excerpts from an article titled ‘Labor, fossil fuels and taxes take center stage in port race’ in The Daily News:

Port Commissioner Doug Averett is defending his seat against Kent Preston, who […]


Longshore workers prepare for long fight

EGT’s CEO Larry Clarke ran a pulic letter in a local newspaper thanking local cops for defending EGT’s business interests in face of union protests. Dawn Des Brisay photo.

Battle union busting at Washington port

Longshore workers have winterized their picket tents and continue to staff picket lines 24 hours a day, seven days a […]


Longshore workers rally at downtown Vancouver railroad tracks

ILWU member in Vancouver. Photo by Paul Suarez of the Columbian

The demonstration by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which included Vancouver members, blocked a train headed to a new grain terminal at the Port of Longview. The business that built the new grain terminal, EGT, has been at odds with the union […]


Robert McEllrath, ILWU International President: ‘We will not permit EGT to undermine the grain export industry’

The following letter was sent to all ILWU Longshore Locals on September 1, 2011, from ILWU International President Robert McEllrath.

ILWU International President Robert McEllrath wrote, "The NLRB exists for one reason and that is to protect commerce at the expense of workers, and we are not surprised that EGT is employing the NLRB […]


Disturbing video shows car plowing into peaceful demonstrators at Port of Longview’s EGT facility

August 29, 2011:

It’s fortunate that two of the longshore demonstrators were not killed at the EGT facility at the Port of Longview today. This disturbing video shows the unidentified driver’s callous attack on the nonviolent worker demonstration. The car appears to speed up as it plows into two of the workers. One of […]


Oregon Public Broadcasting interviews ILWU at Port of Longview

OPB's Rob Manning interviews Longshore pensioner Arne Auvinen at the Port of Longview, August 25, 2011.

In a news segment broadcast today called “Labor Dispute Slows Grain Export From Longview Port,” OPB’s Rob Manning spoke with longshore workers and pensioners at the Port of Longview to hear their perspective on the fight to make […]


200 longshore workers protest EGT at grain industry conference

Members of the ILWU protest EGT at a national grain conference in Seattle. Photo by Cameron Williams, ILWU Local 19 president.

SEATTLE, WA (August 23, 2011) — A group of more than 200 union longshore workers from Washington and Oregon chanted and protested during EGT head Larry Clarke’s speech at the 2011 Midwest Specialty […]


Both sides settle in for long legal battle over grain terminal labor dispute

A lengthy article in the Daily News in Longview outlines ILWU Local 21’s fight to protect their jurisdiction at the Port of Longview. Excerpts below, or read the original article at this link.

Tensions have cooled outside the EGT terminal gates this month, but union dock workers are maintaining a 24-hour picket.

The peace has […]


Washington labor body supports ILWU, says EGT should honor agreement

ILWU Local 21 longshore workers continue to gain strong support for their fight to to make EGT honor its commitment to hire ILWU workers at the Port of Longview. On Saturday, August 6, the Washington State Labor Council passed the following resolution with a unanimous vote:

Whereas, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union has […]


Open letter to the men and women of Operating Engineers Local 701

On Friday, August 5, hundreds of Longshore workers from Longview, Portland and Vancouver hand-delivered copies of the following letter to members of Operating Engineers Local 701 at the OE union hall in Gladstone, Oregon:

Dear Brothers and Sisters of IUOE Local 701,

We are the members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).



Citizens press commissioners on port picket stance in Longview

Rick Von Rock, shown in a previous TDN article, was one of several people to speak in support of Local 21 at the port commission meeting.

Two Cowlitz County commissioners said they back the longshoremen’s union in its picket of the EGT grain terminal Tuesday, and one has even visited the picket line to […]


Letter: Battle over jobs in Cowlitz County

The following letter to the editor was published Saturday in the Daily News in Longview, WA:

It looks like EGT Development’s CEO Larry Clarke made a very clever move in his quest to hire nonunion workers for 50 jobs at its terminal at the Port of Longview. This battle closely resembles a chess game. Clarke’s […]


Oregon labor group condemns union operating engineers taking jobs at EGT terminal

On July 27, more than 300 longshore workers and their supporters picketed outside the Operating Engineers' Local 701 office in Gladstone, Oregon.

One of Oregon’s largest labor groups has demanded union operating engineers stop taking the jobs of union dock workers at the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview.

In a […]


Oregon AFL-CIO E-Board Passes Resolution Condemning OE Local 701

On July 29, 2011, the Oregon AFL-CIO Executive Board passed the following:

Resolution condemning Operating Engineers Local 701 for scabbing at the Port of Longview

Whereas, the purpose of a labor union is to leverage the collective power of workers to improve and protect the working conditions and standard of living of working […]


ILWU Chief Promises to Work With ILA; McEllrath criticizes other unions for doing waterfront jobs

McEllrath said that employers “are using the word ‘competition’ to put a wedge in between” the ILWU and ILA.

The president of the West Coast longshore union pledged cooperation with the International Longshoremen’s Association and criticized other unions he said were poaching dockworker jobs.

Bob McEllrath, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, […]