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.

Columbia River deepening sparks $1 billion in investments

Despite criticism from environmentalists, the $200 million Columbia River channel deepening project generated over $1 billion in capital investments since its completion five years ago, port officials and terminal operators say.

In a new report released by Port of Portland and Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, consultants studied the economic impact of the project that deepened […]


TEMCO grain terminal expansion on track for fall completion, officials say

The renovation will add new docks, a new shipping system, new rail and barge unloading machinery and new systems for cleaning wheat and other grains, Butters said. Butters said the improved terminal could handle up to 200 million bushels of grain per year, as much as Temco’s Tacoma terminal. Bill Wagner Photo / The […]


Port of Longview begins Berth 4 redevelopment

The dilapidated Berth 4 was once operated by Continental Grain Company until it was shuttered in the 1980s. Attempts to restart the terminal date back to the 1990s, but port officials abandoned those plans when they started pursuing the EGT grain terminal for the new Berth 9 site downriver.

Workers have started demolition work at […]


AFL-CIO: No Solidarity Charters for ILWU

Excerpts from Labor Notes:

As the AFL-CIO prepares for a convention where leaders say the goal is unprecedented solidarity with organizations outside the labor movement, the federation is turning its back on some inside the house of labor. Leaders have ruled that locals of the West Coast Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) cannot seek “solidarity […]


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, […]


ILWU disafilliates from AFL-CIO

[A PDF of the following letter is available at this link]

August 29, 2013

President Richard Trumka AFL-CIO 815 16th Street, NW Washington, DC 20006

Re: ILWU Disaffiliation

Brother Trumka:

It is with regret but resolve that we have come to the point where the International Longshore and Warehouse […]


ILWU 'Not Surprised' by NLRB Decision; Anticipates Favorable Ruling from Neutral Court

Published in Maritime Executive:

An Administrative Law Judge for the National Labor Relations Board issued a preliminary decision and recommended order on August 28 that the ILWU is not legally entitled to perform disputed work that is covered by the ILWU’s 80-year-old collective bargaining agreement with the union’s West Coast employers. The work was […]


Port of Longview again on record revenue pace

The Port of Longview has collected $15.2 million in revenue in the first six months of the year — about 2 percent above last year’s record pace — and port officials expect an even better second half, they said Tuesday.

Port officials said strong log exports continued to boost revenue in the quarter ending in […]


Court Confirms ILWU Must Pay for Damages at Longview

From the Journal of Commerce:

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a district judge’s order that two locals of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union pay damages to the National Labor Relations Board and an employer in connection with union picketing that turned violent at the Port of Longview, Wash., Metropolitan News-Enterprise […]


Gov. Inslee urges ILWU, United Grain to resolve dispute

Excerpts from the Columbian:

In the letter, Inslee cites a temporary contract agreement between the ILWU and Temco — an operator of grain export facilities in Portland, Tacoma and Kalama — as an example that progress can be made in Vancouver. “We know that common ground can be met with good faith bargaining as […]


VIDEO: Japanese Railway Workers Support Dockers Half a World Away

From Labor Notes:

Railway unionists in Tokyo recently protested a lockout nearly 5,000 miles away, of American dockworkers who load grain onto ships headed for Asia.

With signs calling the aggressive employer a “Merchant of Death,” Japanese workers rallied outside the headquarters of Marubeni, owner of Columbia Grain, which locked out members of Longshore […]


Carpenters Local 156: 'We support ILWU Locals 4 and 8'


“Portland is a union town, and PICKET LINES MEAN DO NOT CROSS.”

This is the message delivered in a resolution passed by members of Carpenters Local 156 at their May 11 meeting. The resolution pledges support for ILWU Local 8 at Marubeni-Columbia Grain in Portland, and for ILWU Local 4 at Mitsui-United Grain […]


Standoff at grain terminals: ILWU at work, but without contract

From the Northwest Labor Press:

The talks ended Dec. 12 with no agreement, and ILWU reported that members voted to reject PNGHA’s final offer Dec. 21 and 22 by 93.8 percent. At that point, three PNGHA employers announced they would impose their terms: Louis Dreyfus Commodities, a Dutch company that owns grain elevators in Seattle […]


Cargo belt chute sparks fire at EGT grain terminal

A cargo belt chute caught fire at EGT early Sunday. It was the second fire at the facility, the first having occurred in April. No one was injured in the fire.

Firefighters spent about four hours extinguishing a blaze early Sunday morning at the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview.

Workers at the […]


JH Kelly to play major role in Kalama grain terminal expansion

JH Kelly and Borton were competing with Minnesota-based T.E. Ibberson, which built the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview. Union trade workers rallied in support of Kelly, saying they feared that Ibberson would hire mostly out-of-town workers, as it did at EGT. Northwest Labor Press photo.

Longview contractor JH Kelly will receive a […]