ILWU ally Gordon Lafer helped Local 142 win a collective bargaining agreement with Pacific Beach Hotel in a multi-year struggle. His latest book discusses the powerful forces against America’s workers:
In the aftermath of the 2010 Citizens United decision, it’s become commonplace to note that politics has become dominated by a small slice of the […]
From Key Peninsula News:
Emily Reaney, 10, of Lakebay raised $5,000 for her fifth-grade class to attend a three-day, two-night Environmental Learning Class at Camp Seymour.
Emily’s grandfather, Roger Coleman, was a longshoreman in Tacoma for over 40 years and meets regularly with fellow International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23 members […]
The Port of Bellingham signed a lease with a company that will ship timber out of the terminal to Asia. Photo by Evan Abell
Excerpts from ‘Port of Bellingham signs deal with company that will ship timber to Asia’ in the Bellingham Herald:
The Port of Bellingham announced Wednesday that it had signed a […]
The B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Victoria Filipino Canadian Association organized care packages for the crew, some of whom have been stuck on board the vessel for three and a half months after the shipping company Hanjin filed for bankruptcy in August. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl […]
Northwest Labor Press published this photo from the Standing Rock protest encampment with Isaiah Barnes of the Sioux nation, and Jamison Roberts and Steve Hunt of Vancouver ILWU Local 4.
Excerpts from Northwest Labor Press:
On Thanksgiving Day, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 4 put out a call for donations of cold […]
Our hearts are still broken from losing our brother in June. From an article titled ‘Washington Marine Cargo Handling Company Cited for Willful Safety Violations After Worker’s Fatal Fall’:
Jimmie Meadows, March 3, 1968 – June 25, 2016
For longshoremen who load and offload timber in the upper Northwest, every ship that sails into port […]
American Shipper reports that APMT’s cranes currently can reach across the deck of 13,000-TEU vessels to load and unload containers. The upgrade will allow the facility to handle 20,000-TEU vessels.
Excerpts from American Shipper:
ZPMC, the Chinese manufacturer of massive ship-to-shore cranes used at container terminals around the world, is in the process of […]
Alaska Public Radio benefits from ILWU member contributions. Radio station KUCB provides essential news and information for a diverse community in a remote part of Alaska where natives, newcomers and Filipino immigrant families work in the maritime and fishing industry.
Radio station KUCB is a relatively small operation compared to her big-city sisters in the […]
Chinese crew members from the Hanjin Seattle celebrate their shore leave. Customs officials changed their policy after solidarity efforts from the ILWU and support from lawmakers in Washington.
Crewmembers on foreign flagged vessels arriving at West Coast ports have frequently sought help from ILWU members and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) inspectors.
“Sometimes we […]
The story of a runaway dog at the Humane Society turned into a lifesaving rescue effort by Longview longshoremen Tuesday. ILWU Local 21 member Rocky Taylor lassoed the chihuahua from the river and rushed the dog to the veterinary team at the Humane Society, where the vets showered the dog with warm water and […]
The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) met on November 1st in San Francisco, where discussions were held on the concept of a contract extension.
Both parties agreed to resume talks at a future date to be mutually agreed upon.
The current collective bargaining agreement covering 29 west coast ports […]
The following message from International President Robert McEllrath is published in this month’s Dispatcher:
ILWU International President Robert McEllrath
You may have heard that I don’t have much patience for politicians, especially ones who want our help when they’re desperate for votes or contributions – then ignore us when we need their support.
I liked […]
Hanjin seafarers thanked ILWU for solidarity last month as they sought shore leave after weeks or months at sea.
The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today applauded the granting of shore leave to the crew of the Hanjin Seattle on its arrival at the port of Seattle, USA.
The denial of shore leave to […]
Port of Long Beach photo of Pier G
JBA Transport workers who haul petroleum coke from California oil refineries to storage facilities and docks voted overwhelmingly to join the ILWU on September 1.
A simultaneous bid by the Teamsters Union to win the union election fizzled badly despite a show featuring big Teamster trucks with […]
Hanjin seafarers thank ILWU for solidarity as they seek shore leave after weeks or months at sea.
Excerpts from the Handy Shipping Guide:
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) inspector, Jeff Engels, visited the chartered vessel Hanjin Marine which finally moored in Seattle after three weeks waiting for a berth when his organisation was […]