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 […]


Sanders steps up push for ‘moral economy’

”You divide everyone up, and you know what happens?” Sanders asked. ”The rich get richer, and everyone else gets poorer.” Sen. Bernie Sanders wearing ILWU jacket at rally in Southern California, May 2016

From the Los Angeles Daily News:

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 30-minute speech before a crowd of about 1,000 mostly union dock workers […]


Port of Los Angeles traffic up to highest August level in 9 years

The Port of Los Angeles reversed two months of declining traffic to post a 3.8 percent increase in cargo for August from a year ago.

“The numbers are strong indicators that our terminal operators, longshore labor and supply chain partners are adjusting to the new industry dynamics of carrier alliances, deploying larger ships and […]


Port of Los Angeles fire smolders; no injuries as terminals close

Port fire in San Pedro at Berth 179, where wood and tar pilings burned. Photo by Brad Graverson of The Daily Breeze.

[NOTE: Several media have reported that there were no injuries.]

A massive fire that consumed part of a wharf at the Port of Los Angeles continued to smolder today, as officials […]


Big retailers 'full of drama' on eve of contract talks

In an article titled ”Port cargo traffic rises ahead of labor talks,” the OC Register repeats — and challenges — the ”sky is falling” messages that are routinely trotted out by the employers’ side when contract negotiations begin:

”Retailers are always full of drama and sending hysterical, and usually wrong, messages that the sky […]


Port of Los Angeles’ trade volume drops in November due to strike, report says

The Port of Los Angeles said its trade volume dropped in November, hurt by a week-long strike by clerical workers.

Container volume was down by 16 percent from the same period a year earlier.

But Port spokesman Phillip Sanfield said the container volume lost during the strike will be reflected in the December data.

“Most […]


Port of Long Beach sees imports, exports rise despite strike

Despite a clerical workers strike at half its terminals, imports and exports at the Port of Long Beach rose more than 20 percent last month, thanks to two major shipping lines that recently added services, port officials said Thursday.

After months of mostly declining growth, the number of imported containers in November jumped 20.2 percent […]


Port clerical workers settle strike after securing good jobs with outsourcing controls

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 CONTACTS: Craig Merrilees 510-774-5325, Roy San Filippo 213-221-5712

LOS ANGELES, CA — Four hundred and fifty office clerical workers ended their one-week strike to secure good jobs for working families in the harbor community by winning new protections that will help prevent jobs from being outsourced to Texas, […]


Longshoremen exercise their contractual right to refuse to cross anti-outsourcing picket line at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

ILWU Coast Longshore Division News release:

Union and employers confirm that the ILWU Local 63 Office Clerical Unit picket line is bona fide and that longshoremen have a right to respect the picket line

SAN PEDRO, CA (November 29, 2012) – The ILWU-PMA Coast Labor Relations Committee that establishes policy and administers the contract between […]


OSHA Cites SSA Marine In Port Death

ILWU Local 94 longshore worker Steve Saggiani was killed in a waterfront accident on January 19, 2012, at the age of 47. OSHA announced Thursday that ‘SSA Marine failed to prevent this worker from being in harm’s way.’

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited SSA Marine Thursday in regards […]


Ruling: Dockworkers honoring port clerical workers’ pickets not violating contracts

A West Coast arbitrator this week ruled that dockworkers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach would not violate their contracts if they honored picket lines set up by clerical employees who have worked without a labor pact for nearly two years.

The ruling overturns a previous decision that forced local longshore […]


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 […]


Longshoreman Crushed To Death By Fallen Container At Port Of Long Beach

We are very sorry to report on our fallen brother in Long Beach. From CBS Los Angeles:

A longshoreman was killed Thursday when he was pinned beneath a fallen container on a ship at the Port of Long Beach.

Around 7 p.m. the Long Beach Fire Department received a report of a person possibly trapped […]


ILWU Locals 13, 63, 94 work with community leaders to ‘Beat the Canal’

In this video, produced by the Jobs 1st Alliance, Southern California leaders make the case for acting with urgency to improve transportation infrastructure to keep the region from losing jobs to the Panama Canal expansion. The Canal expansion will allow larger ships to bypass the West Coast and discharge their cargo on the […]