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.

ILWU will appeal NLRB ruling

From an article titled ‘Federal labor board rules longshoremen intentionally slowed work, made threats in 2012’ in The Oregonian:

The National Labor Relations Board has once again ruled that longshoremen engaged in unfair labor practices during a 2012 dispute with the container-terminal operator at the Port of Portland.

But the three-year struggle is not […]


Judge’s ruling on labor actions doesn’t silence union-port war of words

Although very little work is happening at Terminal 6 at the Port of Portland, its operator and the union representing the workers there are continuing to spar.

On Wednesday, ICTSI Oregon, which operates the container terminal, issued a press released trumpeting a National Labor Relations Board ruling affirming an administrative law judge’s ruling that ILWU […]


ICTSI 'using NLRB as a hammer on working people in the U.S.'

Handy Shipping Guide, a UK-based media outlet, published an article this morning called ‘Reefer Shipping Container Argument at Port Leads to Freight Slowdown and Truck and Trailer Delays; Ongoing Labour Dispute ‘Will Go On For Years’. Excerpts:

Problems with management began shortly after Philippines-based ICTSI took over the Port of Portland’s container terminal operations […]


Coast Caucus concludes with priorities and a plan for Longshore contract negotiations

ILWU Longshore Caucus Delegates, March 2014

The 90 delegates and dozens of pensioners who gathered in San Francisco for the Coast Longshore Division Caucus concluded their two week meeting on March 7 after adopting an approach to negotiations for a new Longshore & Clerks Contract that expires on June 30.

Resolutions set the agenda



Longshore Union vindicated as federal court throws out lawsuits by ICTSI and Port of Portland

Filipino company ICTSI sought to undermine the collective bargaining agreement and multi-employer system that has benefited the industry and economy for decades

”ICTSI’s attack on the decades old collective bargaining relationship between the ILWU and its own employer association, PMA, demonstrates ICTSI’s arrogance and complete disregard for the rules of engagement here in […]


Gov. Kitzhaber's announcement a step toward resolving one aspect of the ongoing issues at Terminal 6

ICTSI still has no services agreement with Hanjin and continues with a labor management model that impedes terminal operations

PORTLAND, OR (DECEMBER 13, 2013) – Yesterday, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announced that all of the work associated with maintaining reefers (refrigerated containers) at Terminal 6 at the Port of Portland will be assigned to […]


ILWU not hopeful Hanjin will stay at Port Of Portland

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From Oregon Public Broadcasting:

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union disputes there’s a slowdown. And committeeman Leal Sundet is not hopeful about negotiations, “I don’t see Hanjin staying in Portland in the short-run,” he said.

“They may come back, they’ve been to Portland […]


Federal Judge Cites ILWU for Contempt of Court

Locked-out ILWU members and supporters have taken their message to the water. Union members have been locked out by Japanese corporations Marubeni and Mitsui. Photo by ILWU Local 4

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

A federal judge has found the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in civil contempt of court for ignoring an […]


Leal Sundet commentary: ICTSI

Printed in the Oregonian:

Hanjin departure from longshore union’s point of view: Guest opinion Print By Guest Columnist on November 02, 2013

By Leal Sundet

Since Hanjin Shipping Co.’s Oct. 17 announcement that it intends to stop calling on Portland, ICTSI Oregon Inc., the local arm of the Philippines-based company that operates Terminal 6, has […]


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 '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 […]


A $200K public records bill? Longshore union cries foul

From The Portland Tribune:

The longshore union’s broiling feud with the Port of Portland took another step Wednesday when the union announced it filed a lawsuit over a public records request the port says will cost $200,000.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union believes the quote — which it said equals a rate of $400 […]


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 […]


Oregon AFL-CIO Backs ILWU in Portland Lockout

From the Journal of Commerce:

The Oregon AFL-CIO executive board has voted to pass a resolution that supports International Longshore and Warehouse Union workers at the Port of Portland after they were locked out by Marabeni-Columbia Grain.

“The ILWU has a long history of backing up other unions in their struggles,” said Leal Sundet, ILWU […]