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.

Baltimore longshoremen deny strike liability, say master contract not in effect

From the Baltimore Sun:

Longshoremen who went on strike last year at the port of Baltimore claim they are not liable for related losses sustained by their employers, in part because a coastwide labor contract banning such strikes does not apply to them.

The claim was made in a federal court filing by Jennifer Stair, […]


Charleston ILA threatens strike

From the Journal of Commerce:

International Longshoremen’s Association members at Charleston have authorized a strike, but the union has not attempted to halt work at the port.

The ILA’s longshore and checkers’ locals in Charleston voted for the strike authorization last week. The vote was an apparent effort to pressure employers in negotiations for local […]


Deadlock continues on Baltimore ILA pact

Excerpts from the JOC:

”We are committed to assist you to achieve a fair and equitable local contract and to remove any financial burdens or obstacles that are an attempt by employers and a misguided arbitrator to weaken your efforts for union representation.” — Dennis Daggett, president of the ILA’s Atlantic Coast District, in […]


Work stoppage over at Port of Baltimore

Workers at the Port of Baltimore are back on the job after striking last week.

Longshoremen at the port went on strike last week after contract negotiations stalled Tuesday. Three other unions representing port workers joined the strike.

The Port of Baltimore said late Friday that management and the longshoremen agreed to a 90-day cool […]


Federal mediators to try to restart talks with dockworkers

Port of Baltimore

From the Baltimore Sun:

“I’m scared,” said Commissioner Helen Bentley, the former head of the Federal Maritime Commission and a five-term congresswoman. “I understand that the longshoremen have to be protected — and they have been for many years. But the new leadership at the ILA has been making threats unlike […]