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.

Seeking scapegoats, state lawmakers target ferry workers

Washington State Ferry workers are represented by the Inlandboatmen's Union.

The Everett Herald has published an opinion piece by Rich Austin, Sr., President of the ILWU Pacific Coast Pensioners Association. Austin wrote:

Several mean-spirited bills designed to scapegoat ferry workers have been introduced by both Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature. It seems as […]


The Case Against Short Sea Shipping

Despite the hype and false promises, SSS is an attack on our union jobs

This article was published in the Winter 2010 issue of the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter.

NON-UNION CARGO: Short sea shipping barges on the Duwamish River (shown here) and the Columbia transport cargo loaded by non-union dockworkers.

Most longshore workers, […]


Coast Committee: Welcome to the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter

The following article was published in the Winter 2010 issue of the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter.

The Coast Committee of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division: Committeeman Ray Ortiz, Jr. (Local 13), Committeeman Leal Sundet (Local 8), International President Robert McEllrath (Local 4), International Vice President for the Mainland Ray Familathe (Local 13)

If […]


UW archive gathers story of state's labor history

Terri Mast, IBU National Secretary-Treasurer, was photographed among union archives. Click on the image to read the full Seattle Times article.

The University of Washington is making a special place for the documents of this state’s labor history in its University Libraries Special Collections. The labor archive is a compendium of […]


ILWU President McEllrath urges President Obama to take immediate action to stop attack on Costa Rican dockers

“You cannot promote trade agreements in the Western Hemisphere as mechanisms to encourage countries to provide enforceable labor standards and at the same time stand idly by while the Costa Rican Government ousts the democratically elected leadership of a union, freezes its bank accounts, and militarizes the ports in the build up to […]