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.

Delays for LA-LB truckers worst inside terminal, not at gates

From the Journal of Commerce:

Harbor truckers in Los Angeles-Long Beach continue to experience long delays at the ports, but statistics released Wednesday by the Harbor Trucking Association show that the worst delays are not spent waiting in long lines at the terminal gates, but rather inside the terminals.

In other words, the 13 container […]


Chassis maintenance and repair a main culprit of ILWU-PMA impasse

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Contract negotiations resumed Monday between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association after the holiday recess, but it appears that no significant progress will be made until both parties agree to compromise on the controversial issue of chassis maintenance and repair.

Until this year, shipping […]


Longshore union says review requested by Kitzhaber of Port of Portland cargo operations will be tainted

Excerpts from The Oregonian:

The West Coast longshore union is blasting a review requested by Gov. John Kitzhaber of conditions at the Port of Portland’s container terminal before it even gets started.

The timing and nature of the longshore statement, which describes the Port’s probe as a case of “the fox guarding the hen house,” […]


ILWU disafilliates from AFL-CIO

[A PDF of the following letter is available at this link]

August 29, 2013

President Richard Trumka AFL-CIO 815 16th Street, NW Washington, DC 20006

Re: ILWU Disaffiliation

Brother Trumka:

It is with regret but resolve that we have come to the point where the International Longshore and Warehouse […]


USMX members ratify new 6-year master contract

USMX has issued the following news release:

Vote Concludes 13 Months of Negotiations with Longshoremen

NEWARK, N.J. (April 17, 2013) — After more than a year of bargaining, members of the United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd. (USMX) voted today to ratify a new six-year Master Contract with the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA). The approval came […]


PMA President Sees No Simple Resolution in Portland

Excerpts from Friday’s Journal of Commerce:

As member of waterfront employers group, ICTSI should have told PMA of IBEW contract, McKenna says

Jim McKenna, president of the West Coast waterfront employers group known as the Pacific Maritime Association, said the lawsuit involving the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Port of Portland “is not […]


ILA, USMX Report 'Momentum' on Talks

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance ended three days of negotiations with optimism about a strike-free contract for East and Gulf Coast dockworkers.

The two sides agreed the ILA would fill any new jobs created by technology, and to establish a process under which any ILA […]


Vindicated in court, union says emails show carriers left because of ICTSI, not longshoremen

Thursday’s decision by a Federal District Court in Portland validates the ILWU’s view that longshoremen are being unfairly blamed for carriers leaving the Port of Portland in recent weeks, when the real offender is Philippines-based ICTSI.

ILWU Coast Committeeman Leal Sundet said:

We respect the court and Judge Simon, and appreciate that he can see […]


Judge Bars ILWU From Slowdowns at Portland

From the Journal of Commerce on July 4:

A U.S. District Court judge on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting the International Longshore and Warehouse Union from engaging in work slowdowns at the Port of Portland’s container terminal.

An agreement announced Tuesday by all of the parties in the dispute clears the way for […]


Longshoremen load last Hanjin ship in Portland until labor dispute settled

From the Oregonian:

Longshoremen worked at slightly increased speed Sunday afternoon to send Portland’s last container ship in a while on its way, a Port of Portland spokesman said.

Josh Thomas said workers at Terminal 6 still faced a shortage of equipment for loading and unloading the Hanjin Madrid, a 51,000-ton ship delivering containers of […]


Port of Portland hampered by jurisdictional dispute

Excerpts from the Daily Labor Report:

ILWU, in concert with the Pacific Maritime Association—“a multi-employer collective bargaining association whose members include stevedoring companies, terminals operators” and contractors that employ longshoremen on the West Coast—filed a federal lawsuit June 13 against ICTSI that seeks to enforce a ruling made under their collective bargaining agreement that awarded […]


PMA and ILWU Take Unprecedented Steps to Bring ICTSI into Compliance with its Collective Bargaining Agreement

PMA and ILWU File Joint Motion in US District Court in Oregon Seeking Immediate Intervention Against Philippines-based ICTSI for Continuing to Violate Collective Bargaining Agreement in Portland

PMA Member Carriers Have Demanded that ICTSI Comply with Contract it Signed when Joining PMA

On Monday, June 18, the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and […]


Port of Portland intervenes in T6 labor dispute

Port of Portland Terminal 6

The Port of Portland on Friday said it filed a complaint with federal labor authorities over a union dispute that it says has put its key Terminal 6 container terminal in a near-shutdown situation.

The port filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board National Labor […]


Daggett Defends ILA’s Contract Demands

International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett defended the ILA’s negotiating positions and urged management to resume negotiations when the union’s wage scale committee meets later this month.

Daggett posted a letter on the ILA’s Web site reacting to a statement by James Capo, chairman and CEO of United States Maritime Alliance, who said Daggett was […]


Significant Coast Arbitrations, 2010

From the Winter 2010 issue of the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter.

C-2-10 (appeal of SCAA-01-2010) This case addressed the contractual limitations on superintendents at marine terminal facilities.

The Coast Arbitrator made the following important determinations: (1) the day-to-day interaction between superintendents and marine clerks is limited contractually as to how superintendents oversee the […]