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.

ITF applauds granting of shore leave to Hanjin crews

Hanjin seafarers thanked ILWU for solidarity last month as they sought shore leave after weeks or months at sea.

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today applauded the granting of shore leave to the crew of the Hanjin Seattle on its arrival at the port of Seattle, USA.

The denial of shore leave to [...]


Union organisation speaks out on container freight line collapse as crew suffers

Hanjin seafarers thank ILWU for solidarity as they seek shore leave after weeks or months at sea.

Excerpts from the Handy Shipping Guide:

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) inspector, Jeff Engels, visited the chartered vessel Hanjin Marine which finally moored in Seattle after three weeks waiting for a berth when his organisation was [...]


Some Hanjin sailors denied shore leave in U.S. ports

Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal:

Screen shot of video of Hanjin ship at the Port of Seattle, Sept 26, 2016.

Sailors on several Hanjin ships were denied shore leave out of concern they might not return to their ships, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement. The concerns arise after the shipowner [...]


ITF: Refusal of shore leave to Hanjin crews ‘a denial of human rights’

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today described the refusal of shore leave to seafarers on board Hanjin ships in the USA as a denial of human rights – and praised the actions of dockers in Seattle who have drawn the problem to public attention.

The issue was revealed when a visit to the chartered [...]


Seattle’s waterfront business and labor leaders elated by anti-arena vote

Excerpts from the Puget Sound Business Journal:

Seattle waterfront leaders expressed delight and surprise Tuesday that the Seattle City Council has thwarted plans to build a basketball arena next door to the Port of Seattle’s busiest cargo terminal.

“People are happy, everyone’s in a pretty good mood today,” said John Persak, vice president of the [...]


Seattle City Council vote is a victory for port jobs

From a Seattle Times article called ‘Seattle City Council kills sale of street for Sodo arena’:

Sally Bagshaw, Seattle City Councilmember who championed port jobs

The Seattle City Council on Monday voted 5-4 to reject giving up part of Occidental Avenue South to Chris Hansen so he can build a half-billion-dollar arena in Sodo.

Councilmember [...]


VIDEO: ILWU attorney outlines how current Sodo arena plan will hurt port jobs

In this week’s episode of City Inside/Out, speakers debate the job impacts of a current arena plan near the Port of Seattle:

On May 2, the Seattle City Council will vote whether or not to close one block on Occidental Avenue in SoDo to construct a new arena. Supporters say investor Chris [...]


Megaship Benjamin Franklin makes first Seattle call

ILWU representatives welcome CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin in Seattle. From left to right: Justin Hirsch, Local 19 Labor Relations Committee; John Persak, Puget Sound District Council (PSDC) president; Rich Austin Jr., Local 19 president; Gordon Baxter, lobbyist for PSDC.

From ”Massive cargo ship arrives in Seattle’s Elliott Bay” in the Seattle Times:

The largest [...]


ILWU still opposes Seattle Arena street recommendation

From KING 5:

The ILWU Local 19 issued a sharply worded statement on Tuesday, criticizing an SDOT and mayoral recommendation to eliminate a SoDo street for a new sports arena.

The statement says the “recommendation really doesn’t mean much more than the mayor punting a dying SoDo arena deal to the new City Council.”

On [...]


Seattle’s Sodo arena plan filled with subsidies, foes say

From the Seattle Times:

Seattle taxpayers would subsidize the proposed new sports arena in Sodo to the tune of $731 million over 32 years, according to a financial analysis commissioned by an opponent group.

The group, Sonics Without Subsidies, threatened to sue if Mayor-elect Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council don’t revise the agreement [...]


ILWU Local 19: City officials’ move to limit port cargo is ‘extremely disappointing’

Excerpts from an article titled ‘Seattle mayor snubs Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling fleet’:

Local officials are trying to stop Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling fleet from docking at Seattle’s harbor for the summer, saying that current arrangements go against the port terminal’s land-use permit.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the current contract between the Port of Seattle [...]


‘Seattle, Tacoma dockworkers earn less than reported average’

The Seattle Times reports:

For the last four months while dockworkers and their employers blamed each other for congestion at West Coast ports, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) reported the average wage for union members was $147,000, but the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) disputed it.

It turns out it was a little [...]


Longshore members ratify contract with grain operators; WA governor welcomes news

Excerpts from the Columbian:

Union workers who handle cargo at grain export terminals in Vancouver and other Northwest ports have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with several multinational grain companies, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union said Tuesday. The tally was 88.4 percent in favor, with 1,475 in favor and 193 [...]


Longshore workers’ grain agreement heralds return to work

News release from the International Transport Workers’ Federation:

United States longshore workers who load grain in Pacific Northwest export terminals voted on 26 August to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with several multinational grain companies.

ITF affiliate the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) had accused the global grain giants of attacking an 80-year-old [...]


Longshoremen ratify agreement, resume work at key northwest export terminals

Excerpts from Agri-Pulse:

“This new collective bargaining agreement is welcome news for the workers and the three grain facilities that are part of the Northwest Grain Agreement. It is also great news for Washington’s internationally acclaimed grain industry,” said Washington Governor Jay Inslee in a statement.

“I am grateful that the lockout’s disruption to the [...]