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.

Merkley harshly criticizes ‘white nationalist’ Bannon’s appointment to Trump White House

Longtime friend of the ILWU, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), right, in a previously published photo with (L-R) ILWU International President Robert McEllrath, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), ILWU International Vice President (Hawaii) Wesley Furtado, and ILWU Local 8 member Jeff Smith. Photo by ILWU Local 40 member Dawn Des Brisay.

From KPTV:

Senator […]


Pacific NW Grain Dockworkers Lockout Dispute Escalates as Coast Guard Restricts Protests

From the Handy Shipping Guide:

”We see this over and over again –- domestic security organisations such as the Coast Guard, which is funded by taxpayer dollars, used to protect foreign companies to the detriment of the American worker.” — Leal Sundet, ILWU Coast Committeeman

Our earlier stories make it plain that, as an official […]


Proposed USCG rule would misuse taxpayer funds and trample speech rights

A proposed rule for the U.S. Coast Guard would misuse taxpayer resources to provide private security for foreign grain conglomerates and trample American workers’ speech rights on Columbia River

Note: Download the ILWU’s comments on the proposed rule here

PORTLAND, OR (July 15, 2013) – The United States Coast Guard has proposed a so-called “temporary […]


Unions say no to Occupy Portland’s call for a waterfront strike

Willamette Week: ‘ILWU district president Jeff Smith says his union doesn’t need outsiders telling it when to strike.’ WW photo.

“If I wanted to shut down the port, I could do it without Occupy. I don’t need ’em,” says Jeff Smith, president of ILWU’s Columbia River District Council. “This is a question for the […]


ILWU takes protest to commissioners’ meeting

The night before the port commission meeting, ILWU Local 21 members and their supporters from other longshore locals defended their jurisdiction at the EGT grain facility in Longview, WA, July 11, 2011. About 100 members were arrested and loaded into law enforcement vans by the dozen.

Union dock workers continued their protest of proposed […]


ILWU Leader Pledges Productivity Gains in Portland

The head of the longshore labor union in Portland, Ore., said Tuesday he will work in “partnership” with a new terminal operator to improve productivity at the Port of Portland.

“We plan on doing the best job that organized labor can do,” Jeff Smith, head of the Portland local of the International Longshore and Warehouse […]