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.

'Everyone Loved Him': Family mourns Longshoreman killed in forklift accident

A forklift operator killed on the job earlier this month had decades of experience and was safety-minded when it came to his work, according to his family.

Phillip Vargas, 54, was killed on Jan. 3 in an industrial accident at the 10th Street Terminal in Barrio Logan. According to the San Diego County […]


Vice President Joe Biden makes official visit to Port of San Diego

From the Port of San Diego:

The Port of San Diego was honored to welcome Vice President Joe Biden for an official visit on July 13, 2016, to deliver remarks on trade enforcement.

The Vice President’s speech took place at the Port’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal in San Diego, where a large U.S. flag […]


Hiring 100 workers, Port of San Diego ‘strengthens ILWU Local 29 and keeps customers happy’

Workers completed paperwork and received information on what the next steps are before beginning their jobs as casuals. Photo by the Unified Port of San Diego.

Port of San Diego news release:

Hiring of New ILWU Local 29 Workers Signifies Increase in Maritime Business

The Port of San Diego hosted an employee orientation […]


Port of San Diego Plans 'Cold Ironing' Facility

ILWU Local 29 works a Dole ship at the Port of San Diego. The Port’s main tenant at the terminal, Dole Fresh Fruit Company, recently signed a new long-term lease . Under the terms of the lease agreement, the Port and Dole agreed to work together on these infrastructure improvements. The Port is responsible […]


Save Our Barrios Coalition fights for neighborhoods

The Save Our Barrios Coalition, which includes ILWU Local 29, recently held a Barrio Congress (community meeting) in San Diego to unite organizations and community activists and build a strategy to halt the gentrification of Logan Heights in San Diego and other communities throughout the United States.

“We reject the attempt to displace our communities […]


Specialized Cargo Ship Connects San Diego to Hawaiian Ports

The Port of San Diego produced a 6-minute video that includes longshore workers working on the Jean Anne, which is operated by Pasha Hawaii. Longshoremen and marine clerks in San Diego and Hawai’i handle a variety of cargo including school buses, piping, roller coasters for the Hawai’i state fair, mobile homes, yachts and […]