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.

Ports of Seattle, Tacoma agree to alliance

Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal:

The commissioners of Seattle and Tacoma ports — and longtime rivals for international trade — agreed in a unanimous vote Friday to form the Northwest Seaport Alliance to jointly operate their cargo terminals.

“We used to think, the more competition the better,” said Jock O’Connell, an international trade economist. […]


Post-negotiations report: Sky isn’t falling

”Not only will the shipping costs to the West Coast ports be lower due to the shorter distance traversed, but also due to the increased efficiency of the vessels carrying the cargo,” the UCLA report found.

Excerpts from a Los Angeles Times article titled ‘Ports dispute to have a small effect on economy’:

The […]


Economist: Port congestion rooted in megaships overwhelming ports, not labor dispute

Port of Oakland. Photo from the Sacramento Bee

Excerpts from an opinion piece called ”The real roots of congestion at California ports” in the Sacramento Bee by by international trade economist Jock O’Connell:

Most news reports have been focusing on the contract dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime […]