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.

The Case Against Short Sea Shipping

Despite the hype and false promises, SSS is an attack on our union jobs

This article was published in the Winter 2010 issue of the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter.

NON-UNION CARGO: Short sea shipping barges on the Duwamish River (shown here) and the Columbia transport cargo loaded by non-union dockworkers.

Most longshore workers, […]


The fight for union autonomy and workers’ rights in Latin America

Coast Longshore Division supports dockworkers and their unions

Published in the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter, Winter 2010 issue.

In the past year, the Coast Committee has become increasingly involved in regional solidarity through direct support of dockworkers in Latin America. Latin American dockworkers are seeing the social contracts that they have with their governments systematically […]


Non-union Chinook Ventures suspected in mile-long petcoke spill in Columbia River

Chinook Ventures on Longview's Alcoa site has had consistent problems following laws that the nearby Port of Longview follows to protect the river.

The mile-long spill, first spotted Tuesday morning, turned out to be floating petroleum coke. The 416-acre Chinook Ventures port facility that spill investigators are focusing on is already the source of […]