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.

Congress could use Puerto Rico aid to attack Jones Act and American jobs

From ‘Seafarers fret over new assault on Jones Act in wake of storms’ in Bloomberg News:

“The Jones Act is pretty much the only reason I have a job,” said Brett Cowan, a mariner from California who has been working on boats since he was 13. Changing the Jones Act, he said, “would put […]


Maritime, dockworker unions criticize Liberty Marine’s labor switch

Note: Read the full Maritime Labor Alliance release about this jurisdictional violation here

From American Shipper:

A collective of ship and dockworkers unions are protesting a decision by Liberty Maritime to employ deck and engineering officers from another union to operate its newest U.S.-flag ship, rather than those members of its longtime union, the Marine […]


ITF delivers satisfactory progress report to Maersk AGM

International Transport Workers’ Federation news release:

A four-strong team of representatives from ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) unions today committed to continued dialogue with AP Møller-Mærsk at the company’s AGM in Copenhagen.

The union members were at the event to deliver a progress report on the continuing dialogue between the company and unions established by […]


Gremio marítimo teme privatización de servicios en el Canal / Maritime union fears privatization of Canal services

From the ILWU-affiliated Panama Canal Pilots’ Association:

Note: The following article says that Panama’s maritime unions fear privatization of tug services in the Canal, and that the Union of Captains and Deck Officers (UCOC) and Masters, Mates and Pilots have ratified a strategic alliance to protect workers. Ivan De La Guardia, secretary general of UCOC, […]


Alaska Marine Highway officers’ union rejects tentative contract agreement

The licensed captains and officers who navigate Alaska Marine Highway System vessels have rejected a tentative contract agreement with the state.

The International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots voted down the proposal by mail-in ballot. Union representative Ron Bressette says the votes were counted last week. MMP represents about 100 ferry workers, including captains, […]


Maritime union radio ads take on Northwest grain lockout

Mitsui-United Grain and Marubeni-Columbia Grain are operating with scab labor during the multinationals’ lockout of ILWU workers. Pictured here: Scab barge at UGC in Vancouver, WA.

Ads by Masters, Mates & Pilots and the Inlandboatmen’s Union ‘allege safety, environmental risks brought on by lockout by grain companies,’ reports the Columbian:

Two maritime unions said […]


Alaska, IBU reach tentative agreement on new contract

The IBU represents about 650 Alaska Marine Highway System employees. The state is still negotiating with the other two unions representing ferry workers: the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association and the International Association of Masters, Mates and Pilots.

The largest labor union representing Alaska Marine Highway System workers has a tentative agreement for a new […]


Merchant Marines see new obstacles in food aid proposal

Excerpts from National Public Radio:

ILWU Local 19 loading grain ship at the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 86. Port of Seattle photo by Don Wilson.

Over the past quarter-century, the Merchant Marine has hit one obstacle after another. Rising labor costs in the U.S. made U.S. mariners less competitive and environmental laws raised the […]


Maritime unions cry foul on grain companies; say unqualified, nonunion tugboat creates dangers

According to The Columbian: ”Don Marcus, international president of Masters, Mates & Pilots, said a boat operated by Kadoke Marine has been involved in several questionable incidents. They include an Aug. 20 incident in which the boat collided with ‘a stationary object,’ Marcus said, near United Grain’s facility, causing damage. In another incident, on […]


Labor Notes: 'East Coast Longshore Union May Bolt Too'

From Labor Notes:

On the heels of the West Coast longshore union’s departure from the AFL-CIO, it appears the East Coast dockers may also be headed that way. “We had said for a while, if the ILWU left we probably would too,” said Ken Riley, a national vice president of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), […]


Maritime Labor Alliance Members Ratify Constitution; Ends Affiliation With Maritime Trades Department

The Maritime Labor Alliance (MLA), which was formed last year to protect the jurisdictional rights of its members, met in Chicago on July 9 to approve a constitution and set a course for the future. The members of the alliance are MM&P, the American Radio Association (ARA), the Inlandboatmen’s Union (IBU), the International Longshoremen’s […]


Maritime Labor Alliance Endorses Obama-Biden

The American Radio Association, the Inlandboatmen’s Union, the International Longshoremen’s Association, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots and the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association endorse Obama-Biden ticket. The members of the Maritime Labor Alliance are fully committed to the future growth and economic viability of the United […]


Six Major Unions Form Maritime Labor Alliance

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News Release: Thursday, September 13, 2012

Six of the country’s leading maritime labor organizations, American Radio Association, Inlandboatmen’s Union, International Longshoremen’s Association, International Longshore & Warehouse Union, Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association, and International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots, have announced the establishment […]


ILA to Continue Protest of Non-ILA Labor in Charleston

‘When the military needs to move cargo, we do whatever we have to do, and do it well,’ ILA Local 1422 President Ken Riley said. ‘It’s beyond me why, after all these years, the military is moving from best value to lowest bid. Our troops deserve the best.’

The International Longshoremen’s Association said its […]


Maritime unions call for Matsuda to resign

The unions blasted David Matsuda, above, for a report that ‘includes possible cost-cutting suggestions that are completely contrary to the overall best interests of the United States, represents a gigantic failure in Matsuda’s leadership and a missed opportunity on the part of the Maritime Administration.’

Maritime unions are up in arms and calling for the […]