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.

ILWU Canada ‘proud to help fight like hell’ in favor of $15 minimum wage to get BC workers out of poverty

Excerpts from an article titled ‘Vancouver rally held to push NDP government to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour’:

ILWU Canada members support raising Canada’s federal minimum wage, including ILWU Canada President Rob Ashton, seen here with microphone.

On Wednesday, September 27, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada members held a demonstration in […]


Prince Rupert container terminal to re-open following ‘incident’; 11 workers treated and released

From CBC News:

Canada’s second-largest container shipping terminal closed following what authorities at the Port of Prince Rupert described as an “incident” Sunday morning.

DP World, the company that owns the container terminal, said the incident took place at 5 a.m. PT. A spokesperson said 11 workers had to get medical treatment at the hospital […]


Longshoremen donate generously to BC Children's Hospital

ILWU Longshoremen donate generously to BC Children’s Hospital

From Surrey, BC newspaper The Link:

The generosity of the local longshore union hit a record high. ILWU 502, based in Surrey, raised $52,502 for the BC Children’s Hospital this year. The union serves the ports of Fraser Surrey Docks, Deltaport and Wes-shore coal Terminals. The […]


Stranded Hanjin crew receives load of Christmas cheer that includes pig, tree, presents

The B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Victoria Filipino Canadian Association organized care packages for the crew, some of whom have been stuck on board the vessel for three and a half months after the shipping company Hanjin filed for bankruptcy in August. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl […]


Hanjin seafarers, still stuck on bankrupt ship, to receive holiday care packages

Hanjin Scarlet crew were able to take brief shore leave in September. Photo by Seafarers Mission Prince Rupert

From CBC/Radio-Canada

Care packages and carolers are on their way to the crew of the Hanjin Scarlet, some of whom have been stuck onboard their vessel in B.C. waters for three and a half months.

The […]


Seaspan enters arbitration with union members manning B.C. port operations

From CKNW:

The union representing longshoremen and the company that provides ship docking services at BC ports has agreed to binding arbitration — averting a potentially crippling strike at Port Metro Vancouver and other BC ports.

Mark Gordienko is the President of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada.

“It’s a mediated process, and in the […]


ILWU Local 400: Tugboat unions taking strike votes, claim employer is trying to impose unilateral changes

ILWU Local 400, which represents deckhands and cooks on Seaspan tugs, has called a strike vote for its 350 members Tuesday over what it is calling a unilateral imposition by the company of big changes to its now expired contract. As well, the western branch of the Canadian Merchant Service Guild, representing tug captains […]


Hard Work, Big Gains for Young Union Worker

From Canadian blog The Tyee:

Krissy Murphy, ILWU Local 500

Krissy Murphy, a member of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 500, is a muscular and enthusiastic woman of 30, with bright red-henna hair and an infectious laugh. She’s been working on the docks now for eight years. Shifting containers, she says […]


PNW Grain Dispute Heads North

From the Journal of Commerce:

Three ILWU Canada locals held an informational picket in Prince Rupert to protest the arrival of the vessel King Felipe, which was partially loaded earlier in the week by non-ILWU labor at the United Grain terminal in Washington state. The Canadian dockworkers, however, finished loading the vessel Tuesday.

ILWU Canada […]


VIDEO: Unions protest arrival of grain ship loaded by 'scab labour' to Prince Rupert

Members of Prince Rupert’s labour movement were on Ridley Island yesterday, protesting the arrival of a ship to Prince Rupert Grain they say was loaded by “scab labour” in the U.S.

Three locals of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) joined members of the Grain Workers Union (GWU) and the Prince […]


BC article profiles 'backbone of the waterfront' ILWU Canada

ILWU Canada President Mark Gordienko

BC Shipping News published a lengthy interview with Mark Gordienko, president of ILWU Canada. Excerpts:

ILWU Canada: Backbone of the waterfront

For Mark Gordienko, who assumed the role of President of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada in March 2012 following the 16-year tenure of Tom Dufresne, the […]


Maritime Union holds 4th Triennial Conference 6–9 November 2012

The Maritime Union held its 4th Triennial Conference in Wellington from Tuesday 6 November to Friday 9 November.

Maritime Union of New Zealand General Secretary Joe Fleetwood says the Conference concludes a three year period of intense activity for the Union.

He says that the Ports of Auckland dispute had been on the agenda, along […]


BCMEA and ILWU Local 514 Reach a Tentative Agreement

BCMEA and ILWU Local 514 Reach a Tentative Agreement […]


Canada: Log demand in China means more port jobs

China’s insatiable appetite for logs has pulled Vancouver Island’s port industry out of recession doldrums, providing more jobs for longshore workers than they’ve seen in two years.

Brett Hartley, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers Union branch on Vancouver Island, said the lumber business has picked up at Duke Point, but it’s unprocessed […]


Ports agreement a ‘great deal’ for Canada: federal labour minister

On Tuesday, [Canadian Federal Labour Minister Lisa] Raitt was in Vancouver to sign the eight-year ports agreement recently reached between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada (ILWU) and the B.C. Maritime Employers Association.

At a downtown signing ceremony, Raitt lauded the agreement as a win-win deal for both workers — who get improved wages […]