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.

Washington’s (Democratic) Governor signs bill to decertify ferry captains’ union

Chris Gregoire signed a bill that will sever all ferry captains from their union, the Masters, Mates & Pilots, effective July 1, 2013, and requires a new election for union representation.

Despite receiving veto requests from union leaders and rank-and-file members across the state, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Tuesday signed legislation into law that […]


NY-NJ Terminals to Close on Friday

The Journal of Commerce reports that:

All marine terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey will be closed Friday, April 22 because of the Good Friday holiday observed by the International Longshoremen’s Association, said the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The Truck Replacement Program Center will also be closed […]


ILA Calls Off NY-NJ Strike Threat

Harold Daggett said the threatened strike was averted when Metropolitan Marine Maintenance Contractors Association agreed to sign off on language in a contract reached in December covering ILA maintenance and repair workers in Local 1804-1 and Brooklyn-based Local 1814.

The Metro association had balked at accepting new contract language, which stated “all equipment (containers/chassis) must […]


Port worker killed in forklift accident at APM Terminals, VA

APM terminal in Portsmouth, VA

A worker at APM Terminals in Portsmouth,VA, died Monday morning of injuries she sustained in an accident involving a forklift.

Police spokeswoman Jan Westerbeck said the longshoreman, Paula Bellamy, 38, of Portsmouth, was pronounced dead less than an hour after being struck by a forklift on the waterfront.

Bellamy […]


Hughes Will Not Seek ILA Re-election

Richard Hughes said he will not seek re-election as president of the International Longshoremens Association, an action that clears the way for Harold Daggett to take the union’s top post in July.

Hughes announced his decision, which had been expected, this week in Tampa at meetings of the ILA’s executive council and Great Lakes district.



The fight for union autonomy and workers’ rights in Latin America

Coast Longshore Division supports dockworkers and their unions

Published in the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter, Winter 2010 issue.

In the past year, the Coast Committee has become increasingly involved in regional solidarity through direct support of dockworkers in Latin America. Latin American dockworkers are seeing the social contracts that they have with their governments systematically […]


Import forecast for twin ports promises boom

Photo by the Port of Los Angeles

Imports are expected to grow 10.5 percent this year through the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, which is less than the 17 percent gain of 2010 but still nearly double the growth forecast for most competing seaports.

The continued rise in imports, which account for […]


East Coast ports race to dig deeper for giant ships coming through expanded Panama Canal

Savannah is among several East Coast cities eager to deepen shipping channels and raise bridges to accommodate bigger ships in 2014.

East Coast ports from New York to Miami simply aren’t deep enough to handle such mammoth vessels as the CMA CGM Figaro, which measures 1,100 feet long with space for 8,500 cargo containers […]


Jaxport, Hanjin Deal Delayed – Again

More than three years after a major deal was announced that would bring thousands of jobs and a billion dollars to the Jacksonville economy, there has been another hitch in the plan.

According to the Jaxport website, the date to have a new port facility for Korean shipping company Hanjin has been pushed back. Construction […]


ILA, NY-NJ Maintenance Contractors Avert Strike

A threatened strike at the Port of New York and New Jersey was averted when negotiators for the International Longshoremen’s Association and port maintenance contractors agreed on a two-year contract extension.

The agreement between ILA Locals 1804-1 and 1814 and the Metropolitan Marine Maintenance Contractors Association will extend through 2012. Negotiators reached the agreement before […]


Hanjin terminal design moving forward in Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Port Authority board voted Wednesday morning to restart its effort to build a $300 million terminal for Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd.

The decision came a year after the authority halted the process after the South Korean shipping company failed to agree on a labor agreement with the longshoremen’s union. Authority Chairman David […]


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 […]


Best Job in the World?

2008 photo from Le Figaro of a Marseilles crane operator.

The latest battle in the seemingly endless war between French port employers and dockworkers has taken an interesting twist.

Bloomberg News reports a French business lobby has published advertisements suggesting that a crane operator at the Port of Marseilles is the “best job in […]