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.

California Sen. Barbara Boxer files longshot bill to scrap the Electoral College system

From the Los Angeles Times:

Retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) filed legislation Tuesday to abolish the Electoral College in light of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote but still losing the election.

Such legislation makes a statement after an election that shocked Democrats, but is unlikely to gain traction with Republicans holding control […]


Unions to face pro-business Presidency, Congress, Supreme Court and NLRB

From an article titled ‘Unions brace for pro-business shift in labor policy under Trump’ by Reuters:

Trump’s victory means a conservative Supreme Court and Republicans controlling Congress, the NLRB, and agencies that govern union and workers’ rights.

Unions in the United States face sweeping changes to labor law and regulations under a new Republican administration […]


Donald Trump is moving to the White House, and liberals put him there

”There was Joe Biden, with his powerful plainspoken style, and there was Bernie Sanders, an inspiring and largely scandal-free figure. Each of them would probably have beaten Trump, but neither of them would really have served the interests of the party insiders.” — Thomas Frank

Note: The ILWU International Executive Board endorsed Bernie Sanders […]


Beating Trump is personal, not just political, for Nevada unions

Culinary Workers Union member Annette De Campos (right) talks with a voter as De Campos canvasses a neighborhood in Las Vegas. Photo by Isaac Brekken

Excerpts from the San Francisco Chronicle:

To many Nevada union waitresses, housekeepers and bartenders, this campaign is more than another political race. It’s personal. They are fighting the boss.



ILWU International President McEllrath: Why we can’t vote Trump

The following message from International President Robert McEllrath is published in this month’s Dispatcher:

ILWU International President Robert McEllrath

You may have heard that I don’t have much patience for politicians, especially ones who want our help when they’re desperate for votes or contributions – then ignore us when we need their support.

I liked […]


Bernie Sanders Scores A Big Win For 62 Million Americans With $15 Minimum Wage Victory

The $15/hour minimum wage took another step towards becoming a reality after Bernie Sanders won the addition of the increase to the Democratic platform.

In a statement, the Sanders campaign announced:

Raising the federal minimum wage sets the moral standard in this country that we as Democrats affirm over and over again that ensuring that […]


In Santa Monica, Bernie Sanders vows to fight on

From the Los Angeles Times:

Sanders said he expects the gap between him and Hillary Clinton in California to diminish as more returns come in and says he will take his fight to the last primary, which is next Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Sanders avoided hitting Clinton during the speech and congratulated her on her […]


What presumptive nominee? California Democrats still have some things to say

From The Los Angeles Times:

It was yet another election day slap in the face for Californians on Tuesday: Hours before voters were to cast ballots that one presidential candidate promised would upend the race, the media declared that the race was actually over.

Once again, the presidential primary has been decided elsewhere.

The Associated […]


Sanders steps up push for ‘moral economy’

”You divide everyone up, and you know what happens?” Sanders asked. ”The rich get richer, and everyone else gets poorer.” Sen. Bernie Sanders wearing ILWU jacket at rally in Southern California, May 2016

From the Los Angeles Daily News:

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 30-minute speech before a crowd of about 1,000 mostly union dock workers […]


Bernie Sanders inspired this progressive to challenge a conservative Democratic incumbent

ILWU International President Bob McEllrath with Congressional candidate Dave McTeague, May 2016. Photo by Dawn Des Brisay, ILWU Local 40.

From the Huffington Post:

A progressive House candidate is tying himself as closely to Bernie Sanders as possible in the hopes that it will help him pull off a major upset against a […]


Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders fight for last big prize: California

From the Associated Press:

As in past primaries, Clinton is expected to do well in California’s June 7 primary with older Democrats, Hispanics and black voters, while Sanders could perform better with younger voters and independents, who are allowed to vote in the state’s Democratic primary.

“The Sanders folks feel that they have to do […]


Bernie: ‘We’re going to stay in until the last vote is counted’

From Politico:

Sanders said every state “should have a right to cast a vote as to who they want to see as president,” pointing specifically to California, which will proportionately award 546 delegates. He also said his campaign has a chance in West Virginia, Oregon and other states.

“We think we have a path […]


How the presidential election could endanger TPP trade deal

From The Huffington Post:

Leading presidential candidates’ opposition to President Barack Obama’s signature trade agreement is jeopardizing the landmark deal, according to a senior White House official.

The official, who requested anonymity, indicated that they’re paying special attention to Republican front-runner Donald Trump — who called the TPP a “terrible deal” and has expressed his […]


Hillary Clinton agrees with Elizabeth Warren on trade dispute with Obama

Hillary Clinton is opposed to a critical piece of the Obama administration’s Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would give corporations the right to sue sovereign nations over laws or regulations that could potentially curb their profits.

Clinton writes in her book ‘Hard Choices’:

We should avoid some of the provisions sought by business interests, including our own, […]


Murder, death threats and violent thugs accompany ICTSI into Central America

Enrique Razon, CEO of ICTSI, has amassed $4.5 billion in wealth by operating terminals — and exploiting port workers — around the world. He is the 4th richest man in the Philippines, according to Forbes Magazine..

International Container Terminal Services Incorporated (ICTSI) – the rogue employer responsible for flagrant contract violations at the Port […]