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.

AFL-CIO: No Solidarity Charters for ILWU

Excerpts from Labor Notes:

As the AFL-CIO prepares for a convention where leaders say the goal is unprecedented solidarity with organizations outside the labor movement, the federation is turning its back on some inside the house of labor. Leaders have ruled that locals of the West Coast Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) cannot seek “solidarity [...]


Longshore Union Quits the AFL-CIO

Excerpts from Labor Notes:

In an August 29 letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, ILWU President Robert McEllrath cited these ongoing juristictional battles as part of the union’s decision to disaffiliate. The skirmishes hit close to home: McEllrath comes out of Vancouver, Washington’s Local 4, where members of rival unions are crossing ILWU picket lines, [...]


ILWU disafilliates from AFL-CIO

[A PDF of the following letter is available at this link]

August 29, 2013

President Richard Trumka AFL-CIO 815 16th Street, NW Washington, DC 20006

Re: ILWU Disaffiliation

Brother Trumka:

It is with regret but resolve that we have come to the point where the International Longshore and Warehouse [...]


ILWU 'Not Surprised' by NLRB Decision; Anticipates Favorable Ruling from Neutral Court

Published in Maritime Executive:

An Administrative Law Judge for the National Labor Relations Board issued a preliminary decision and recommended order on August 28 that the ILWU is not legally entitled to perform disputed work that is covered by the ILWU’s 80-year-old collective bargaining agreement with the union’s West Coast employers. The work was [...]


Seaport labor dispute threatens Montana wheat shipments

Montana wheat farmers are among those who have relied on the continual service provided by experienced longshore workers to export grain since 1934.

From the Billings Gazette:

In a rare move, longshoremen from the Pacific Northwest are traveling across Montana cautioning wheat farmers about possible trouble shipping grain from the state overseas.

Montana wheat [...]


‘ILWU Walk the Coast’ Sunday in Tacoma

From The Stand:

ILWU Walk the Coast events happen up and down the West Cast to support worthy charities.

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and community supporters host annual ILWU Walk the Coast events up and down the West Coast in the fight against childhood cancer, pancreatic cancer and ovarian cancer. [...]


Lack of training could jeopardize Post-Panamax vessels in Canal

From the Bulletin Panama:

The Panama Canal Pilots affiliated with the ILWU in 2011.

The Panama Canal expansion is scheduled to finish in June 2015 and the question arises whether pilots and other personnel of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) are prepared for the challenge of guiding the enormous Post Panamax ships through the [...]


La falta de formación pondría en peligro a los barcos

Publicado en The Bulletin Panama:

La Asociación de Prácticos del Canal de Panamá se afiliaron con el ILWU en 2011.

La ampliación del Canal de Panamá está programada para terminar en junio de 2015 y la pregunta es si los pilotos y demás personal de la Autoridad del Canal de Panamá (ACP) están preparados [...]


Court Confirms ILWU Must Pay for Damages at Longview

From the Journal of Commerce:

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a district judge’s order that two locals of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union pay damages to the National Labor Relations Board and an employer in connection with union picketing that turned violent at the Port of Longview, Wash., Metropolitan News-Enterprise [...]


Marine Terminal Operators at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to Adjust TMF on August 19

The West Coast MTO Agreement (WCMTOA) recently announced an 8.1 percent increase in the Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, scheduled to take effect on August 19, 2013. The increase will sustain continued operation of PierPass OffPeak gates amid labor cost increases.

Beginning August 19, the TMF will [...]


Hundreds of Longshoremen Protest Over Medical Benefits

Excerpts from the Long Beach Post:

Longshoremen from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) who work for the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) took a day off from unloading container ships at the Port of Long Beach Monday to protest changes in healthcare processing that they say has left workers and their families with [...]


Stevedore practices draw criticism in Dutch Harbor

Port of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Randy Baker, vice president of the ILWU’s Alaska Longshore Division, said this isn’t the first time he’s fought the battle for more work for longshoremen, but he’s hoping this time to win.

Mark Horne is a man on a mission. Or two. He wants to eliminate the use of [...]


Judge tosses NLRB ruling over disputed port jobs

From the Associated Press:

A federal judge has reopened the dispute over which union workers at the Port of Portland should perform the task of plugging and unplugging refrigerated cargo containers.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman ruled Monday that the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., overstepped its authority last August when [...]


District Court tosses out NLRB’s 10K ruling against ILWU

Judge says NLRB ‘violated clear statutory mandate’ when it intervened in longshore union dispute with ICTSI at the Port of Portland last year

PORTLAND, OR (June 17, 2013) – Today, United States District Court Judge Michael W. Mosman issued an order vacating the National Labor Relations Board’s August 13, 2012 decision in International Brotherhood of [...]


ITF Urges Grain Terminals’ Owners to End ILWU Lockouts

Excerpts rom the Journal of Commerce:

The International Transport Workers’ Federation has repeated its concerns, as well as its member unions’ concerns, regarding the lockout of International Longshore and Warehouse Union workers at the United Grain terminal in Washington’s Port of Vancouver in Washington and the Columbia Grain terminal in Oregon’s Port of Portland.

The [...]