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.

Shipping Rates Should Decline Slightly in 2011, but Challenges Remain for Importers

This year’s Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference was more upbeat than last year’s, when ocean-carrier executives were shaking their heads and lamenting that the industry had lost $17 billion in 2009. But that all changed in early 2010, when consumers came out of hibernation and rediscovered the path to the mall.

Labor issues at the ports of […]


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 […]


Coast Committee: Welcome to the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter

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

The Coast Committee of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division: Committeeman Ray Ortiz, Jr. (Local 13), Committeeman Leal Sundet (Local 8), International President Robert McEllrath (Local 4), International Vice President for the Mainland Ray Familathe (Local 13)

If […]


JOC outlook on the Pacific Maritime Association

The Journal of Commerce published the following from James C. McKenna, President and CEO of the PMA, its outlook for 2011:

Regardless of volume levels for 2011, our long-term task remains to work toward a transportation system that allows the smooth passage of cargo from origin to destination. That means ports with the latest technology […]


Docking for Dollars

During the first nine months of 2009, container volumes plunged an unprecedented 19 percent, and ILWU man-hours plummeted 23 percent, according to figures published on the Pacific Maritime Association’s Web site.

After a disastrous 2009, work opportunities this year are edging back to normal. Container volumes in the first nine months of 2010 are up […]