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.

Coos Bay Longshore union creates scholarship endowment

Henry Hansen, along with other members of ILWU Local 12, successfully advocated for establishment of the college more than 50 years ago, urging the Oregon Legislature to authorize community colleges. Local 12 members collected signatures to bring the issue to a public vote to start the college in Coos Bay. Southwestern was established in […]


ILWU not backing down on Oregon Coast

From the Coos Bay World:

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union [Local 12] are continuing the fight against Southport Lumber Co.

Members of the union gathered on Thursday morning, set up pickets outside the gates of Southport and had members picketing in boats on the bay.

Jill Jacobson, the secretary/treasurer for the union […]


ILWU Pickets Oregon Barge Facility

Industry publications continue to show interest in the recent longshore protest in Coos Bay. From Pacific Maritime Magazine:

An International Longshore and Warehouse Union local branch has begun what it says is an informational campaign against an Oregon lumber company that has hired non-union labor to work at a new barge facility.

Members of ILWU […]


ILWU fights for good jobs in Coos Bay

This Port of Coos Bay photo shows the site of Southport’s barge slip, which was built with public finds. ‘The public needs to know what is going on,’ ILWU Local 12 member Gene Sundet told the local media. ‘Southport has been subsidized 100 percent. Now after taking public money, they are cutting jobs and […]


ILWU Local 12 pickets Coos Bay's Southport barge terminal over longshore jurisdiction

ILWU Local 12 longshoremen protest the use of non-union labor in Coos Bay, Oregon, July 2012. Photo by The World.

About 25 Coos Bay International Longshore and Warehouse Union members gathered Monday outside Southport Lumber Co. to demand work.

Longshoreman Gene Sundet said Southport refused to hire union members for barge work at its […]


EGT signs ILWU contract ending labor dispute, but County Attorney still prosecuting workers and supporters

ILWU Local 21's 'Welcome to Longview' billboard near the exit to the Port of Longview, WA.

From this month’s Dispatcher:

ILWU International President Robert McEllrath, union members, and supporters continue to face trial for exercising their First Amendment Rights to protest during the EGT dispute

When the grain ship MV Full Sources arrived at […]


Harry Stamper, ILWU Songwriter

An Oregon activist and musician filmed the video above, about Coos Bay Longshoreman Harry Stamper. He writes:

Harry Stamper is a retired longshoreman, union activist, and songwriter who resides in Coos Bay, Oregon. For decades, Harry has been writing songs about occupational safety, union organizing, and working on the docks […]


College fulfilled longshoreman’s dream

Henry Hansen, ILWU Local 12 longshoreman in undated photo. Local 12 was instrumental in creating the local community college, providing funding and countless volunteer hours to collect more than 10,000 signatures.

When Southwestern Oregon Community College christened Henry Hansen Union Square this spring, it honored not only a longshoreman who championed the creation of […]


Longshoremen take a day to remember

Longshoremen march in a funeral procession for strikers killed by police officers, July 1934, San Francisco, CA. The event is commemorated every year in every West Coast port.

“An injury to one is an injury to all,” proclaims a sign at the headquarters of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 12 near the North […]


Coos Bay, OR: Whole lot of logging going on

How long will the log boom in Coos Bay last? A Jones Stevedoring rep said, "Fifty years, or it could be months." ILWU Local 12 President Marvin Caldera put his guess at five years.

Last summer, the Paul Bunyan was the first log ship in five years China-bound from Coos Bay.The number […]