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.

ICTSI had several OSHA safety violations in U.S., faces allegations of 'mass firings, poverty wages' at global ports

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) reports that workers in Madagascar are some of the lowest paid in the world, some earning less than US$40 per month. In 2012, many of these workers joined the Syndicat Général Maritime de Madagascar (SYGMMA) to fight for an end to precarious, low-paid, and unsafe working conditions at […]


Port worker crushed by container at ICTSI in Jakarta identified as Nasrul Nasution

40-year-old Nasrul Nasution was tragically killed in a worksite accident at the ICTSI terminal in Jakarta, Indonesia last week.

Our profound condolences go out to Mr. Nasution’s family, friends and colleagues. An Injury to One is an Injury to All.

Excerpts from an article titled ‘Worker Deaths Leads to Union Call for Full Investigation […]


Maersk Group posts $200 million profit for Q1

On Wednesday, the Maersk Group announced a profit of $214 million. The bottom line number reflects low oil prices and container rates, but the relatively strong result demonstrates that the firm is “competitive as ever,” said CEO Nils Andersen.

The majority of its subsidiary units returned a positive underlying result. Maersk said that core businesses […]


ICTSI establishes outsourcing unit

Port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. formed a new company for its business process outsourcing operations.

The company owned by billionaire Enrique Razon Jr. told the stock exchange subsidiary Cordilla Properties Holdings Inc. established a premier shared services company called ICTSI Asia Pacific Business Services Inc. (APBS).

The new company aims to deliver […]


Egyptian dockworkers maintain strike over employment status at DP World terminal

From Ahram Online:

1,200 workers say that Dubai-based DP World had promised permanent employment and has failed to deliver. ‘DP World’s management of the port is a failure,’ said union leader Mostafa Ali. ‘They are failing in all of the seaports under their management – in the Port of Aden in Yemen and […]


Ports of Auckland fined $40,000 for illegal actions against its workforce

The Employment Relations Authority has fined the Ports of Auckland $40,000 for illegally employing strike breaking contractors during industrial action at the Port earlier this year.

Ports of Auckland Limited (POAL) broke the law when they employed an overseas engineer at the cost of $10,000 a week to undertake the work of MUNZ members.

In […]


Crippling strike at LA ports ends; deal reached

The Associated Press reported today on the end of the Office Clerical Unit’s strike at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach:

“I’m really pleased to tell all of you that my 10,000 longshore workers in the ports of LA and Long Beach are going to start moving cargo on these ships,” said Ray […]


Port workers pursue outsourcing agreement with help from federal mediator to secure good jobs and end strike

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and ILWU Vice President-Mainland Ray Familathe. Associated Press photo.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 CONTACT: Craig Merrilees 510-774-5325

LOS ANGELES, CA – ILWU office clerical workers will work with a federal mediator in order to secure an agreement with employers that protects good jobs from being outsourced […]


ITF Steps up Support for ILWU Los Angeles/Long Beach Workers in Outsourcing Dispute

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is stepping up its support for hundreds of striking clerical workers represented by the ILWU in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach after employers walked out of negotiations over the weekend, despite the union’s offer to enter into marathon bargaining to resolve the dispute.

Referring to the […]


L.A. mayor loses patience with port strike as talks continue

From the Los Angeles Times:

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has had enough. He wants round-the-clock bargaining to end the six-day-old strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, with the help of a mediator.

The strike has pitted the 800-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit against some […]


Port-strike talks continue even on Sunday, but stalemate goes on

From Sunday’s Los Angeles Times:

Labor contract negotiations are set to resume today in the now six-day-old strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Talks had continued past 9 p.m. Saturday night.

The strike, by the 800-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit, has shut down 10 of […]


Longshoremen exercise their contractual right to refuse to cross anti-outsourcing picket line at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

ILWU Coast Longshore Division News release:

Union and employers confirm that the ILWU Local 63 Office Clerical Unit picket line is bona fide and that longshoremen have a right to respect the picket line

SAN PEDRO, CA (November 29, 2012) – The ILWU-PMA Coast Labor Relations Committee that establishes policy and administers the contract between […]


Portland Port Security Officers Win 'No Outsourcing' Assurance

From Maritime Executive:

Security officers at the Port of Portland, Oregon, USA have won an eleventh hour agreement that their jobs will not be outsourced.

Their win came just 12 hours before a strike deadline. It will prevent the outsourcing of security jobs at the port’s big number two and six terminals. The officers are […]


Clerical workers at LA & LB Ports draw the line on outsourcing by big corporations

Port workers may strike big carriers to stop the outsourcing of good jobs

San Pedro, CA – Eight-hundred office and clerical workers employed by international carriers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have decided to strike if companies continue outsourcing good-paying jobs that are critical to the Harbor- area community.

“The […]


OCU, Employers Say They’ll Work to Avoid Strike

In what is probably the most significant development to emerge from more than two years of negotiation between office clerical workers and waterfront employers in Los Angeles-Long Beach, the parties issued a statement Thursday indicating they wish to avoid a strike or lockout.

John Fageaux, lead negotiator for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local […]