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.

Oregon farm groups support trade pacts as opponents ratchet up pressure on Ron Wyden

Eleven of Oregon’s major agricultural organizations on Monday urged the state’s congressional delegation to support the fast-track trade bill as well as the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The push by the agricultural groups comes as the Oregon AFL-CIO is ratcheting up its campaign to to persuade Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., to oppose a fast-track trade bill.



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 […]


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 […]


Oregon AFL-CIO Unions Vote to Support Locked-out Longshoremen

Marubeni-Columbia Grain at the Port of Portland

Calls on Marubeni to immediately end lockout at Columbia Grain

Longshore workers who are locked out by a foreign corporation at the Port of Portland recently got a boost of solidarity from fellow union members across the state. The Oregon AFL-CIO executive board unanimously voted to pass […]


Port of Portland approves another rebate for terminal operator due to continued labor problems

Commissioners voted 6-1, with one abstention, to authorize as much as $3.7 million in rent rebates to ICTSI Oregon Inc., which operates the Port’s international container terminal. The Port intends the payments, in the form of rent reductions, as savings that ICTSI can pass on to shipping lines so the ocean carriers will continue sending […]


Port of Portland will pay $10 a container to retain shipping lines as longshore dispute sails on

The Port of Portland will pay shipping lines $10 a container to keep sending cargo vessels here despite longshore labor disputes that started last spring and drove up costs.

Port commissioners voted 7-2 Wednesday in favor of the payments to ocean carriers, up to a total $1 million, on top of subsidizing the company that […]


Unions say no to Occupy Portland’s call for a waterfront strike

Willamette Week: ‘ILWU district president Jeff Smith says his union doesn’t need outsiders telling it when to strike.’ WW photo.

“If I wanted to shut down the port, I could do it without Occupy. I don’t need ’em,” says Jeff Smith, president of ILWU’s Columbia River District Council. “This is a question for the […]


‘Longshoremen show the way: Grain, trains and fightback’

The following is excerpted from a news article called “Longview, Wash., Longshoremen show the way: Trains, Grains and Fightback” at Liberation News.

During the course of this depression, it has become even more clear that workers in the United States are under attack. The endless catalog of corporate mergers, layoffs, consolidations and assaults on organized […]


Here’s why Longshore workers are so angry

A respected Washington labor blog called The Stand has published this excellent article. Below are some excepts; read it in its entirety at The Stand.

LONGVIEW (Sept. 8th) — Violence erupted today in a major labor dispute that has simmered for months at the Port of Longview, leading to work shutdowns at ports up and […]


UA Local 290 members pass resolution supporting ILWU Local 21 at Port of Longview and EGT

UA Local 290 members showed support for ILWU Local 21's juridsiction.

On August 19, the members of UA Local 290 passed a resolution called “Resolution condemning Operating Engineers Local 701 for scabbing at the Port of Longview” in support of ILWU Local 21’s jurisdiction, specifically with regard to the EGT grain terminal. EGT recently […]


Both sides settle in for long legal battle over grain terminal labor dispute

A lengthy article in the Daily News in Longview outlines ILWU Local 21’s fight to protect their jurisdiction at the Port of Longview. Excerpts below, or read the original article at this link.

Tensions have cooled outside the EGT terminal gates this month, but union dock workers are maintaining a 24-hour picket.

The peace has […]


Oregon AFL-CIO E-Board Passes Resolution Condemning OE Local 701

On July 29, 2011, the Oregon AFL-CIO Executive Board passed the following:

Resolution condemning Operating Engineers Local 701 for scabbing at the Port of Longview

Whereas, the purpose of a labor union is to leverage the collective power of workers to improve and protect the working conditions and standard of living of working […]


AFL-CIO’s Chamberlain joins Port of Portland board

Tom Chamberlain

The Oregon Senate on Wednesday confirmed Oregon AFL-CIO President Thomas E. Chamberlain as the newest member of the Port of Portland commission.

The governor appoints members of the commission.

The nine commissioners are unpaid. They serve four-year terms.

From the Portland Business Journal



ILWU Opposes Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement

Despite potential increases in cargo movement benefiting dockworkers, union opposes proposed Korea-United States trade agreement because it continues failed trade policy and is harmful to workers, consumers, and the environment in both South Korea and the United States

December 13, 2010

VIA FACSIMILE: 202-225-4188 (and First Class Mail)

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi United States House […]


Real sustainability: Jobs must remain focus of Hayden Island-Port of Portland plan

This opinion piece is by Tom Chamberlain, president of the Oregon AFL-CIO, regarding the development of West Hayden Island, directly across from Portland’s container terminal 6.

Tom Chamberlain, Oregon AFL-CIO president, says Portand must respect West Hayden Island's designation as industrial land and support port use as well as preservation.

Sustainability is two-pronged: it […]