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.

Obama confident ILWU-PMA can reach a deal

From the JOC:

A statement from the White House expresses confidence in the ability for both sides to reach an agreement.

Amid pleas of major shippers for a federal mediator, President Obama says he’s confident U.S. West Coast longshoremen and waterfront employers can reach a labor contract.

The White House statement further reflects the […]


Strike-Affected Organizations Urge Compromise; President Obama ‘Monitoring The Situation’

From the Long Beach Post:

President Barack Obama joined a number of affected organizations and top local officials Monday in urging the two bargaining parties in the ongoing clerical-workers strike at the port of Los Angeles and Long Beach to come to an agreement as quickly as possible.

“I can just tell you that we—and […]


Obama VS. Romney for Latin America: Carrying or Swinging the “Big Stick”

A columnist examines what a different election outcome would have meant for democracy in Latin America:

While Obama’s stance toward Latin America has been far from progressive recognizing coup governments of Honduras and Paraguay; signing free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and Peru; and dragging feet on immigration reform – it is the “diet” imperialism […]


Obama Trade Document Leaked, Revealing New Corporate Powers And Broken Campaign Promises

Text published recently at the Huffington Post:

A 2006 study found that El Salvador’s San Sebastian River contains 100,000 times more acid than uncontaminated bodies of water in the same region and levels of poisonous cyanide more than 10 times higher than the maximum allowed by the World Health Organization. In 2006 the Salvadoran […]


Down to Business for ILA, USMX

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce Magazine:

James Capo has been working for months to calm shippers’ concerns about the impending East and Gulf Coast longshore labor negotiations. The chairman and CEO of United States Maritime Alliance emphasizes that bargaining “is a process … You have to give it time.”

That process will begin this […]


Increasing Reliance on Guest Worker Programs

Excerpts from a David Bacon article called “Displaced, Unequal and Criminalized – Fighting for the Rights of Migrants in the United States:”

The Department of Homeland Security workplace enforcement wave is focusing, not on low-wage employers, but on high-wage, and often unionized ones. There is a long history of anti-union animus among immigration authorities. Agents […]


Senate approaches another Patriot Act rush job

The following is excerpted from a San Francisco Chronicle editorial. Read it in its entirety at this link.

"A freshman senator once opposed parts of the law, but now that he's president, Barack Obama feels the measure is justified. … The Bush and Obama presidencies are nearly indistinguishable on such anti-terrorism policies." (SF Chronicle)



Colombia FTA placates Right, but hollow ‘Action Plan’ fails to end violence against unionists

Colombian unionists protest against paramilitary violence against workers.

In his State of the Union address in January, President Obama pressed for quick passage of a free trade agreement with Colombia, and since then has followed up on the proposal. In doing so he has delighted Republicans who had been accusing him of failing to […]


Panama deal opens way for other trade agreements

The Panama agreement could bring others along with it, but many unions aren't on board with the Colombia, Korea and Panama deals that were signed by the George W. Bush administration

Administration officials said Tuesday that a free trade agreement with Panama is ready for congressional consideration and that they hoped it will be […]