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.

Kalama Export dockworkers rally for better benefits

ILWU Local 21 members were joined by longshoremen from West Coast ports at KEX. Photo by JJ Burkey, ILWU Local 21 member

Excerpts from The Daily News:

Wearing orange shirts with slogans calling for “equal benefits,” about 300 longshoremen marched at the Port of Kalama Wednesday to draw attention to stalled labor talks […]


Port of San Francisco welcomes Pasha Automotive Services to Pier 80

The ILWU Local 10 Drill Team performed August 22, 2016 at the inauguration of the Pasha terminal at Pier 80 in San Francisco.

First ship calls to unload automobiles and boats transforming Pier 80 from an underutilized asset to a thriving marine terminal

The Port of San Francisco today welcomed Pasha Automotive Services (PAS), […]


Oakland coal terminal becomes a political flash point

From the Wall Street Journal:

A proposal that could make this city a gateway for Utah coal to be shipped overseas has become a political flash point and put pressure on Gov. Jerry Brown, a former mayor known for his warnings on climate change, to come out against the project.

But the idea of coal […]


Port of Oakland status: labor shortage gone, ‘ships are working’

From a Port of Oakland news release:

A summer-long labor shortage hampering Port of Oakland operations is over. Now it’s time to improve efficiency and speed up the flow of cargo. That was the goal here yesterday as a Port Efficiency Task Force met for the second time.

Hundreds of new dockworkers have joined the […]


Oakland Longshore Workers Say No to Coal

”Waterfront space is in short supply on the West Coast, and it would be a mistake to lock Oakland into a decades-long lease with a coal industry that many say is dying,” said ILWU Local 34 President Sean Farley.

Excerpts from World Maritime News:

Unionized longshore workers and marine clerks at the Ports of […]


Oakland longshore workers oppose shipping coal at new terminal

From the Contra Costa Times:

Longshore workers at the Port of Oakland are opposing a developer’s plan to ship coal to Asia through a new terminal at the old Army Base.

Members of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 and Local 34 voted to oppose the handling of coal at a new bulk maritime […]


Longshore Workers vote to oppose coal exports in Oakland

Oakland shouldn’t become the dumping ground for dirty, low value cargoes rejected at other ports, union says. There are better cargoes for that location that will bring good waterfront jobs to Oakland

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 18, 2015) – Longshore workers and marine clerks who have moved cargo at the Ports of Oakland and […]


Port deal could aid Oakland stadium but risk more lawsuits

A deal that could help net the city a waterfront baseball stadium also risks exposing the Port of Oakland to retaliatory lawsuits from two waterfront conglomerates each seeking fresh public concessions.

Several unions insist the port would be better off fighting the lawsuit and maintaining smaller terminals with multiple operators. “They’re allowing SSA to blackmail […]


San Francisco Port celebration includes ILWU

Loud & proud: ILWU Local 10’s Drill Team was invited by the Port to perform their snappy routine on April 28th.

ILWU members were a prominent part of the Port’s 150th Anniversary celebrations held during the month of April.

Locals 10, 34, 75, and the IBU sponsored the ILWU 1934 and 1948 educational […]


Veteran longshoreman dies after truck plunges into the bay

The ILWU Coast Longshore Division mourns the loss of Manuel “Manny” Stimson, age 78, who worked on the docks for five decades. From the San Jose Mercury News:

A veteran longshoreman died after his after a truck plunged into the bay near the Port of Oakland’s TraPac terminal in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, […]


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 […]


Ground Broken On New SF Cruise Terminal Named For Late ILWU Leader

Jimmy Herman, former International President of the ILWU

San Francisco’s newest cruise ship terminal has been named after a former president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. The James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27 now carries the name of the man who was president of the ILWU from 1977 to 1991 and […]


Year of Strife: EGT/ILWU timeline

An ILWU Local 4 longshore worker supports ILWU Local 21 by demonstrating for good union jobs near EGT in Longview, WA. This photo was taken in September 2011 by Don Ryan of the Associated Press and was widely published, including in Time Magazine.

The Daily News in Longview has compiled the following list of […]


New safety protocol keeps refrigerated goods moving through Port of Oakland

The Oakland Tribune has detailed the safety procedures that longshore workers fought for to protect workers and the community from potentially explosive containers that were serviced in Vietnam with counterfeit coolant:

A handful of clerks from ILWU Local 34 and two mechanics have been working practically nonstop inside a second-floor room at the Pacific Marine […]