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.

Los Angeles City Council members urge support for fair wages for truckers

Teamsters President James P. Hoffa joined striking truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Wednesday, one day after promising strikers the support of the Teamsters’ 1.4 million members nationwide.

Support for the truckers also came Wednesday from some members of the Los Angeles City Council.

Councilman Joe Buscaino, whose district includes […]


Hoffa: ‘It’s Time to End the Secrecy Surrounding TPP’

Excerpts from an opinion piece by Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa:

The Teamsters, other unions and fair trade advocates have for years criticized a proposed Pacific Rim trade deal for its lack of transparency. Now trade officials with the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are paying the price for not having an […]


Hoffa: Congress Shouldn’t Outsource Its Trade Negotiating Authority

Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa wrote the following opinion piece in the Huffington Post:

The looming Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is potentially the biggest so-called “free trade” agreement in the world. And you’ve probably never heard about it.

TPP negotiations are being held in secret. Right now. Behind closed doors. Even the U.S. Congress, which […]


Hands off dairy, say farmers across several Trans-Pacific Partnership countries

This week, the Citizens Trade Campaign — a U.S. coalition of environmental, labor, consumer, family farm, religious and other civil society groups — reported that farmers and labour groups across the Pacific region are demanding that dairy be taken out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement altogether. Removing all barriers to trade in milk and milk […]


Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers: ‘We stand with ILWU’

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, a division of the Teamsters Rail Conference, sent the following letter (download PDF here) of solidarity to ILWU International President Robert McEllrath regarding multinational EGT’s union-busting attempt at the Port of Longview, WA:

Brother McEllrath:

On behalf of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen – […]


Hoffa to McEllrath: Teamsters support ILWU’s fight for jobs at EGT

James P. Hoffa represents 1.4 million working men and women in industries including freight, industrial trades, construction trades, and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers in rail.

October 4, 2011

Mr. Robert McEllrath, President International Longshore and Warehouse Union 1188 Franklin St. San Francisco, CA 94109-6800

Dear President McEllrath:

The 1.4 million members of the International […]