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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.

Back to 1916 Tacoma: Remembering shots fired and a bloody, failed strike

Bearing the caption, ”Fellow workers we are in jail for you. What are you doing for us?” this 1916 photograph depicts “The Terrible Ten,” a group of Tacoma longshore workers who were sent to McNeil Island federal penitentiary, where each man served an 18-month sentence after being convicted of toppling a Tacoma trolley occupied [...]

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Talking with … Harvey Schwartz, a historian who supports workers

Labor historian Harvey Schwartz

Excerpts from J Weekly’s interview with Harvey Schwartz, labor historian and honorary curator at the ILWU International Library:

J Weekly: What’s the importance of the ILWU to the Bay Area?

Harvey Schwartz: After unions were suppressed nationally in the 1920s, it was longshoremen who turned that around in the ’30s [...]

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Dockworkers to say goodbye to a piece of history

The OC Register published 16 photos and an article about ILWU Local 13′s new Dispatch Hall. Excerpts:

In 1948, when the building first opened its doors and the workforce was significantly smaller, jobs were written on a chalkboard. Courtesy of ILWU Local 13.

For more than a half century, hundreds of dockworkers have pushed [...]

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A labor of love

Longshoremen used a rope sling to haul cargo from ships before the docks used mechanized cranes in the 1940’s. Photo courtesy of ILWU Local 23 and Dr. Ron Magden.

In anticipation of Local 23′s celebration next week of 125 years of unionism on the Tacoma waterfront, the Tacoma Weekly published an article from which [...]

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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 [...]

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