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.

Oakland Port struggles to solve cargo backlog

A debilitating cargo backlog at the Port of Oakland is entering its second month, leaving customers waiting weeks for their orders and truckers idling for up to seven hours for containers to transport.

The port and the longshoremen’s union disagree over what caused the cargo gridlock.

ILWU Local 10 President Mike Villeggiante laid the blame […]


Port deal could aid Oakland stadium but risk more lawsuits

A deal that could help net the city a waterfront baseball stadium also risks exposing the Port of Oakland to retaliatory lawsuits from two waterfront conglomerates each seeking fresh public concessions.

Several unions insist the port would be better off fighting the lawsuit and maintaining smaller terminals with multiple operators. “They’re allowing SSA to blackmail […]


San Francisco Port celebration includes ILWU

Loud & proud: ILWU Local 10’s Drill Team was invited by the Port to perform their snappy routine on April 28th.

ILWU members were a prominent part of the Port’s 150th Anniversary celebrations held during the month of April.

Locals 10, 34, 75, and the IBU sponsored the ILWU 1934 and 1948 educational […]


Ground Broken On New SF Cruise Terminal Named For Late ILWU Leader

Jimmy Herman, former International President of the ILWU

San Francisco’s newest cruise ship terminal has been named after a former president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. The James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27 now carries the name of the man who was president of the ILWU from 1977 to 1991 and […]