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.

Port of Astoria affirms plan to leave North Tongue Point

From The Daily Astorian:

The Port of Astoria has struggled to make the former U.S. Navy base at North Tongue Point profitable since leasing the land in 2009.

With Hyack Maritime preparing to close on its purchase of North Tongue Point next month, the Port of Astoria Commission voted 4-1 to give a proposed termination […]


Log exports take root at Port of Astoria

The Columbia River Business Journal reports that early opponents to the logging operation now see it as an asset to the community

ILWU Local 50 members work at the Port of Astoria’s log operation. Three nine-man stevedore gangs hustled around Pier 1 Feb. 1, helping take the stacked timber from front loaders, wrap it […]


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 […]


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 […]


Union longshoremen rally at EGT Development offices in Portland

ILWU International Vice President Ray Familathe speaks at the ILWU rally at EGT offices in Portland. Bill Wagner photo.

Excerpts from the Daily News in Longview:

More than 1,000 union longshoremen and supporters rallied outside the headquarters of grain company EGT Development Friday afternoon, demanding the company hire union labor to operate the grain […]


Longshore worker re-elected to Astoria port commission

The Daily Astorian reported on the race involving ILWU Local 50 longshoreman Bill Hunsinger:

Port of Astoria Commissioner Bill Hunsinger [was] still leading Tuesday night, with the second unofficial ballot count showing Hunsinger ahead of newcomer Tim Liddiard.

If one thing is for sure, [Hunsinger] added, the Port will continue to be a working deep-water […]


First log ship at Port of Astoria due in November 5th

Log exports at the Port of Astoria are about to begin. A first vessel from South Korean is due to berth at the port on November 5th, with a second ship to export logs to China to follow by the end of the year. Port executive director Jack Crider says he’s been contacted by a […]


Port of Astoria plows on with logs plan

Following a vote to lease Pier 1 for log exports, the Port of Astoria held a "dress rehearsal" of what it will be like maneuvering cruise ship tourists through a log yard. Click on the image to read the Daily Astorian article.

The Port of Astoria Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a […]


Sawmill blasts Port over logs

Logs were historically important in Astoria, as seen in this 1974 photo.

The new owner of the Warrenton sawmill says a log export operation at the Port of Astoria would put the mill at risk by cutting into local timber supply.The CEO of Hampton Lumber Mills, Inc., sent a letter to Port Commission President […]


Astoria mayor opposes Port log export plan

Bill Hunsinger is the Astoria Port Commission President and a member of ILWU Local 50. Click on the photo to read the Daily Astorian article.

A lengthy presentation by Bill Hunsinger, president of the Port of Astoria Commission, to the Astoria City Council Monday, failed to convince Astoria Mayor Willis Van Dusen that a […]