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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.

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 […]

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Port of Olympia port commission race important for waterfront jobs

From an article in The Olympian titled ‘Port of Olympia candidates raise $120,000 for campaigns — and more money is on the way’:

A lot of money has been raised for the four people running for seats on the Port of Olympia commission, and more money is about to be spent, according to state […]

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Opinion: Port races are important for Thurston County economic future

Longshore workers in Olympia, WA, donated time and money to assist in disaster relief for Japan, where bottled water was needed after the tsunami and earthquake. This May 2011 photo shows members of ILWU Local 47 and voluntary travelers loading one of 29 pallets of water onto the log ship Global Wisdom.

ILWU Local […]

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Thurston Chamber & labor find strong public support for Port of Olympia

ILWU Local 47 members working on the deck of the Inland Sea. Recent polling showed there was strong support for log exports, as 79% of respondents agreed that log exports support important jobs in the region. Photo Credit: Conley Booth/Port of Olympia

More than 80 percent of Thurston County residents feel that the Port […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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ILWU Local 47, port partners step up for Japan relief

Longshore workers in Olympia, WA, donated time and money to assist in disaster relief for Japan, where bottled water was needed after the tsunami and earthquake. This photo shows members of ILWU Local 47 and voluntary travelers loading one of 29 pallets of water onto the log ship Global Wisdom.

In the wake of […]

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A lesson on logs and longshoremen

Logs destined for China, Japan and Korea were on display Sunday as the Port of Olympia held tours of its marine terminal.

A retired longshoreman spoke to the crowd about how safety and efficiency go hand-in-hand at the terminal.

“We’re working with equipment that could kill you,” said Sherman Will, who spent 37 years at […]

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Port of Olympia posts record year

Grading logs before shipment at the Port of Olympia

U.S. West Coast ports experienced an average decline of 19 percent for longshoremen hours, but the Port of Olympia increased its hours by 109 percent compared to 2008, according to the Pacific Maritime Association. The main reason for the marine terminal’s dramatic increase in revenue […]

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