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.

Denver City Council members support Philadelphia Longshoremen

Denver City Councilman Paul Lopez met a delegation of ILA supporters outside in 28-degree weather recently and stated, “It’s a cold day and a cold night but this is an action of solidarity. We are here because what Del Monte is doing is undermining the fundamental pillars of the work force in America. They are […]


Workers, Supporters Protest Del Monte’s Greed

When Fresh Del Monte Produce moved its port operations from Camden, N.J., to Gloucester, N.J., it said goodbye to a 22-year relationship with Longshoremen (ILA) Local 1291 and left 200 workers without a job. In Gloucester, they hired members of an independent union and now pay cheaper wages and provide few, if any, benefits.



Longshoremen protest invades convenience store

ILA supporters protested Del Monte yesterday. The sign in the front says, "Del Monte ruined my Christmas."

An on-going dispute about moving jobs from one local port to another resulted in protesters invading a Center City convenience store.

The protesters represent several unions including the International Longshoreman’s Association. They are upset because Del Monte […]


Union criticizes Del Monte deal

South Jersey Port Corp. agreed Tuesday to allow Del Monte Fresh Produce Co. to sublet space inside the Beckett Street Terminal through Dec. 31 despite objections by the International Longshoremen’s Association.

Del Monte vacated the Beckett Street Terminal last month with 10 years remaining on its lease with the South Jersey Port Corp., a quasi-state […]


Longshoremen protest extension request

ILA Longshoremen demand the return of a crane and Del Monte work. Click on the image to read the full article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Placard-waving longshoremen urged the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority on Wednesday to hold to a strict Oct. 24 deadline for getting a cargo crane and the Del Monte […]


Wildcatters shut port in anti-Del Monte move

Dock workers in Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey walked off the job yesterday to protest plans by Del Monte Fresh Produce Co. to move its operations [to Gloucester Terminal], which would result in a loss of union jobs.

Both the Gloucester City terminal and the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal are operated by Astro Holdings, […]


Longshoremen defy back-to-work order, strike continues at New York area ports

The cranes remain still at the New York Container Terminal in the Howland Hook area of Staten Island. Click on the image to read the full article in the Staten Island Advance

Longshoremen remain on strike at ports in New York and New Jersey despite a judge ordering them back to work. […]


Daylong shutdown at N.J. ports due to protesting dockworkers could prove costly

Containerization may have cut the number of longshoremen on the waterfront, but union dockworkers issued a stinging reminder of their importance to the shipping trade with a wildcat strike Tuesday that shut down the Port of New York and New Jersey.

Towering shipping cranes loomed motionless above idled container ships at the Port Newark/Elizabeth Marine […]


Wildcat strike closes all NY/NJ metro shipping ports

A wildcat strike closed all metro shipping ports Tuesday after workers refused to cross picket lines set up to protest a labor dispute elsewhere, officials said.

Dock workers at Port of New York and New Jersey facilities joined the work stoppage in sympathy with fellow union members from Camden, N.J., the union said.

“There are […]


Longshoremen protest shuts down Ports Newark, Elizabeth

Longshoremen in New Jersey this morning. Click on the photo to read the Star-Ledger article.

A protest by the International Longshoremen’s Association over a union dispute in Southern New Jersey has shut down operations at the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal container complex, angering shipping companies and truckers left idle by the action.

The protest […]


Philadelphia ILA Shuts Down NY-NJ Terminals

To read the Journal of Commerce article, click on the image.

Picket lines by longshoremen from Philadelphia caused work stoppages at all six container terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey on Tuesday, when terminal workers who are members of the International Longshoremen’s Association refused to cross the Philadelphia ILA picket […]


Union work stoppage shuts down Packer Marine Terminal in Philadelphia

The Packer Street Marine Terminal in Philadelphia has been closed, reportedly by a work stoppage by members of the International Longshoremen’s Association. Sympathetic shutdowns have been reported in Port Elizabeth, Newark and Howland Hook, NJ.

Reportedly, the union action is directed at Astro Holdings, the Holt Cargo division that operates the Packer Avenue facility. The […]


ILA Longshoremen Protest Loss of 200 Del Monte Jobs

Del Monte's move from Camden (shown in this photo) to privately-owned Gloucester Terminal is expected to cost the ILA about 200 jobs.

Del Monte asked if Gloucester Terminal could handle its ship following a picket [at the Camden terminal] by International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1291. Management agreed and workers at Gloucester belonging to the […]