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.

U.S. ports should work with unions on automation, Labor Secretary says

Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal:

U.S. seaports need to consider the interests of organized labor as they move to automate jobs performed by dockworkers today, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in an interview.

“You can’t impose by fiat automation and expect it to succeed,” he said.

Port automation has hit snags in Los [...]


ILWU strikes back at Oregonian for 'libelous, defamatory' reporting

The Oregonian report titled “ILWU workers paid without working,” written by the newspaper’s Food Trends writer Molly Harbarger, contains numerous falsehoods and has triggered a response from attorneys representing the ILWU.

Click the image to download the full letter as a PDF document.

Full text of the letter follows and is downloadable as a [...]


Joe Burns: The entire labor movement should be paying attention to Wisconsin’s Kohler Strike

Author Joe Burns has written about successful ILWU actions and spoken at the invitation of the ILWU. Excerpts from his article in In These Times:

Two thousand workers at the Kohler faucet plant in Northern Wisconsin have been walking the picket since November 16. Such a strike would have been commonplace decades ago. Nowadays [...]


Pres. McEllrath: ILWU will fight all attacks on safety, collective bargaining rights

A message from ILWU International President Robert McEllrath:

”While we prevailed in this round of attacks on our workplace safety and collective bargaining rights, politicians have already fired another round. Thank you for your support to defeat the amendments, and stay tuned to make your voice heard again.” — Robert McEllrath, ILWU International [...]


Politicians introduce more misguided legislation, fail to address root causes of congestion

Just hours after two misguided amendments were defeated in the House of Representatives, opportunistic politicians proposed yet another piece of legislation that fails to address the root causes of congestion. From an article titled ‘Feds more likely to intervene in future port slowdowns under proposed bill’ in The Oregonian:

Instead of leaving it to [...]


With lives at risk, ILWU President urges Congress to reject amendments targeting longshore workers

ILWU International President Robert McEllrath has sent the following letter to members of the House of Representatives:

Click on the image to download the full two-page letter.

November 3, 2015

Dear Representative:

On behalf of the men and women of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, I am writing to express my strong opposition [...]


PMA warning over labour negotiations

The head of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) has said that that current bargaining practices between the parties in the West Coast longshore contract talks are “not sustainable.”

James McKenna said that because the PMA and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have been busy implementing the new contract, they have not formally discussed [...]


PMA, ILWU trade blame for Oakland delays

The Journal of Commerce’s take on congestion at the Port of Oakland:

Skilled longshoremen are not showing up for work in the numbers they should be at the Port of Oakland, contributing to vessel backlogs and longer truck turn times, president of the Pacific Maritime Association said.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union contends the [...]


San Francisco flags flying at half mast today for ILWU brother LeRoy King

ILWU brother LeRoy King praised for fighting for labor, civil rights, housing

Mr. King died Friday of natural causes in the San Francisco home where he lived since 1963. He was 91.

In an article titled ‘LeRoy King, longtime S.F. labor, civil rights leader, dies,’ the San Francisco Chronicle wrote:

In a statement Sunday, [...]


Chassis inspections make docks, highways safer

From an article in Land Line Magazine titled ‘New chassis inspection process draws complaints’:

”The end result is the highways are a little safer, the docks are a little safer, and anybody who’s been given a bum chassis finds out before they get ticketed by the CHP.” — Craig Merrilees, ILWU spokesperson.

The Intermodal Conference [...]


Port of Long Beach to shell out for chassis fleet

From the Los Angeles Business Journal

Port of Long Beach Chief Executive Jon Slangerup said the fleet would not compete with private companies that own truck chassis and service the twin ports. Rather, he said, it would complement them and ensure there are enough chassis to go around during peak port activity. Photo from [...]


Port of Long Beach takes steps to add chassis

From the Press Telegram:

The Long Beach Harbor Commission voted unanimously Monday night to accept bids from companies interested in managing a new program to provide truckers with vital equipment to ease traffic congestion around the harbor.

The port’s plan calls for the winner of the bids to initially deploy 1,000 chassis. Another 2,000 chassis [...]


US container imports surge as West Coast backlog clears

From the Journal of Commerce:

Containerized imports through major U.S. port gateways hit record levels in March as West Coast ports disgorged shipments that backed up during weeks of gridlock, according to the latest Global Port Tracker report.

The number was up 44.9 percent from February, when West Coast ports were crippled by reduced productivity [...]


West Coast container volumes bounce back

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach reported surges in container volumes in March, as the West Coast starts to recover from months of congestion and union disputes.

The Port of Los Angeles had the second most productive March in its history, handling 791,863 teu, a 17.3% year-on-year increase. Its neighbour, the Port of [...]


To raise wages in Panama, dockers join a U.S. union

By David Bacon, in the Dispatcher and David Bacon Reality Check blog:

PANAMA CITY, PANAMA (4/2/15) – You see a lot of parked taxis in the parking lot at the Panama Ports terminal here. They’re not waiting to give rides to longshoremen. Dockworkers themselves are the drivers. Longshore wages in Panama are so low that [...]