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 […]


Shipping partnerships create economic opportunity in Everett

This weekend, for the second time, Everett-based log supplier, Forest Marketing Enterprises, Inc. (FORMARK) will be delivering nearly 3.3 million board feet of logs to the Port of Everett to be loaded under deck of the ECL chartered ship. This shipment is the second of six total shipments for the year, of what is expected […]


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 […]


ILWU Local 52 honors Foss Maritime for safety performance

Foss Maritime

From Maritime Professional:

ILWU Marine Clerks Local 52 present first-ever safety award at the PMA ILWU Annual Safety Banquet

Foss Maritime has been recognized by the ILWU Marine Clerks Local 52 for zero injuries at Terminal 5 between March 2015 and February 2016. The first-ever Safety Award given by ILWU […]


‘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 […]


Judge blocks longshore workers’ Sonics arena lawsuit

ILWU Locals 19 and 52 speak out on protecting jobs at Port of Seattle in October.

Longshore workers and their attorneys Friday vowed to keep fighting the proposed Sodo sports arena after a King County judge tossed their lawsuit challenging the location.

“We will continue to oppose this project and the development of a […]


ILWU Locals 19 and 52 speak out on protecting port jobs in Seattle

Cameron Williams, center, president of ILWU Local 19, is flanked by attorneys and other union representatives (far left, Max Vekich, and far right, Andrea Stevenson, both representing ILWU Local 52) as he talks to reporters, Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, about the intent to file a lawsuit on behalf of International Longshore and Warehouse Union […]


Council's moves to make Ports of Auckland a good employer welcomed by MUNZ

Garry Parsloe, President of MUNZ, accepts a check from ILWU Local 52 in March, presented by Local 52 President Andrea Stevenson to support MUNZ workers during their lockout. Photo by ILWU Local 40 President Dawn Des Brisay.

The Maritime Union has welcomed moves by the owners of Ports of Auckland to ensure it acts as […]


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 […]


Longshoremen Help Those In Need

The Press-Telegram reports:

Longshoremen handed out 1,500 packed Thanksgiving baskets Tuesday in an annual tradition that’s fed more than 150,000 people through the years.

Since 1998, local members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have pooled funds to purchase turkeys, fresh vegetables, fruits and canned goods for needy families around San Pedro Bay.



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 […]