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 […]


The Stockton-Oakland marine highway that is becoming less likely

From the Maritime Professional blog:

Unexpected problems bedevil the Stockton barge project

Proposed marine highway, Port of Stockton image.

Proposed as a commendable alternative to the 1600 trucks each day on the freeway between the bay and Sacramento, [the marine highway] was designed to shuttle two barges between Stockton, Oakland and Sacramento, with loading done […]


ILWU Local 54 defends juridiction in Stockton

Click on the image to watch the TV segment.

The KCRA TV news segment above shows ILWU Local 54’s reaction — and success — when another workforce tries to do its work. Click on the image to watch it, or try this link.



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 […]


Port of Stockton awards $10M crane contract

Liebherr Crane

Port commissioners Monday awarded a nearly $10 million contract for two giant harbor cranes capable of handing maritime shipping containers as well as other cargo… They are part of a $30 million marine highway project announced last fall that would move cargo container traffic off area freeways and onto river barges among […]