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.

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 […]


Workers at Bayer pharmaceutical plant in Berkeley, CA win new pact to increase job security, control health costs & raise pay

A new agreement covering 420 pharmaceutical workers at the Bayer HealthCare plant in Berkeley, California has been reached following two months of difficult negotiations. The proposal includes better job security measures, controls on health care insurance costs, and annual raises of more than 3% during four-year contract. The proposed agreement is subject to a membership […]


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Beer: HARPS, Kaliber, Smithwicks

Wine: Dom Perignon, Blossom Hill, Moet Chandon, Rosenblum Cellars, Sterling Vineyards, BV Coastal / Beaulieu Vineyards, Chateau & Estate

Rum: Parrot Bay, Myers

Gin: Gilbeys, Boothe, Gordons


Menlo Park: Alcohol bottling plant closure to cost 150 jobs

About 150 people will lose their jobs when an alcohol bottling facility on Commonwealth Drive in Menlo Park closes on July 31. The plant belongs to Diageo, a UK-based company that sells brands that include Smirnoff, Baileys, Guinness, and Captain Morgan.

The closure is a blow to the 128 union workers and approximate 20 non-union […]


Betty de Losada, S.F. labor leader, dies

Betty de Losada, who in the course of a long career had been everything from a union officer to an advocate for the preservation of San Francisco landmarks to a public relations consultant, died Dec. 10 at St. Luke’s Hospital in San Francisco of complications of cancer. She was 89.

[She] worked in the warehouse […]