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.

Pacific Coast Pensioners celebrate 50th anniversary

From the ILWU Dispatcher:

The 50th Annual Convention of the ILWU’s Pacific Coast Pensioners Association (PCPA) was held September 18-20 in Long Beach, California where delegates marked their important organizational milestone. The convention was hosted by the Southern California Pensioners.

“This year’s event is extra-special because it marks our ‘Golden Anniversary’ in honor of the […]


Maritime Museum video ‘honors Dickie Parker, John Knudsen, all longshoremen who have lost their lives’

‘Maritime Minute: History of the ILWU’ was created by the Los Angeles Maritime Museum and posted by the Port of Los Angeles on July 5, 2017:

Decades after the 1934 West Coast Waterfront strike, longshore workers are still an integral part of the Port of Los Angeles today as they were then. Marifrances […]


Tacoma artist preparing a sculpture of founding ILWU president Harry Bridges

Sculptor Paul Michaels, second from left, listens to Local 23 longshoremen Jim Norton, left, Bill Connolly, center, and Ronald Magden, right, on what they’d like to see changed in the clay statue of Harry Bridges. One of the primary financial backers of the Bridges project — Emil Korjan, a former ILWU member who died […]


July 30, 2012: Harry Bridges Day

“Labor cannot stand still. It must not retreat.It must go on, or go under.”

— Harry BridgesJuly 28, 1901–March 30, 1990


Hoffa to McEllrath: Teamsters support ILWU’s fight for jobs at EGT

James P. Hoffa represents 1.4 million working men and women in industries including freight, industrial trades, construction trades, and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers in rail.

October 4, 2011

Mr. Robert McEllrath, President International Longshore and Warehouse Union 1188 Franklin St. San Francisco, CA 94109-6800

Dear President McEllrath:

The 1.4 million members of the International […]