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.

Back to 1916 Tacoma: Remembering shots fired and a bloody, failed strike

Bearing the caption, ”Fellow workers we are in jail for you. What are you doing for us?” this 1916 photograph depicts “The Terrible Ten,” a group of Tacoma longshore workers who were sent to McNeil Island federal penitentiary, where each man served an 18-month sentence after being convicted of toppling a Tacoma trolley occupied […]


San Pedro waterfront carries over into new year of Port of LA meetings

Excerpts from the Daily Breeze:

Some renewed fissures surfaced Thursday during the discussion of Ports O’ Call and waterfront development, pitting advocates for building a large-scale tourist destination against those who argue the port instead needs to remain more focused on growing its container shipping business in what has become a fast-changing and competitive industry.



ILWU pensioners picket in Tacoma over unpaid health benefits

Excerpts from The News Tribune:

According to a leaflet being distributed by the pickets, they were protesting the failure of the Pacific Maritime Association to pay medical bills they and their family members have incurred since their retirement.

“PMA employers are taking away medical insurance from ILWU pensioners, their surviving spouses and children,” said the […]


ILWU Pres. McEllrath: ‘Prepare to take action when EGT vessel arrives’

Click here to download a pdf of this letter.

January 3, 2012

To: All Longshore, Clerk, and Walking Boss/Foreman Locals

Brothers and Sisters:

We are currently engaged in a labor dispute with one of our employers, EGT, in the Pacific Northwest. EGT continues to refuse to return to the negotiating table with Local 21 […]


Seeking scapegoats, state lawmakers target ferry workers

Washington State Ferry workers are represented by the Inlandboatmen's Union.

The Everett Herald has published an opinion piece by Rich Austin, Sr., President of the ILWU Pacific Coast Pensioners Association. Austin wrote:

Several mean-spirited bills designed to scapegoat ferry workers have been introduced by both Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature. It seems as […]


ILWU Pensioners meeting results in message to Congress: ‘Leave Social Security alone’

This article was published in the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter, Winter 2010. Photos of the PCPA convention by Lewis Wright, ILWU Local 63 pensioner.

Will Social Security be there for all of us when we retire? Has the fund been raided and is now broke? Will we have to wait until we’re 70 before we […]