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.

How has your Senator voted on Trump nominees so far?

The New York Times makes it easy to find out where our Senators stand:

The Senate has confirmed each of President Trump’s nominees that it has voted on so far. Fifteen members of the cabinet and eight other top administration posts require Senate confirmation.

All but three of the “no” votes have come from […]


Senate Democrats settle on leadership team, Sanders elevated

Excerpts from Politico:

Facing a party in turmoil, with moderates and progressives battling to sway its direction after a devastating election, incoming Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer decided to try to make everyone happy.

The newly elected top Senate Democrat navigated a potentially messy fight between two party leaders on Wednesday and expanded his […]


Senators from OR, WA, CA vote to advance damaging trade deal

Disappointing news from DC: In an article titled ”Fast-Track Clears Senate Hurdle In Vote,” AlterNet calls out the Democrats who helped the damaging trade deal TPP advance to the next level.

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is among the West Coast Democrats who cast a bad trade vote against the interests of working families.

The Senate […]


Grant to Port of Seattle will boost capacity for ‘super post-Panamax’ ships

Terminal 46, one of Seattle’s four major container-handling terminals, handles about 20 percent of the Port’s container terminal volume. Photo by Port of Seattle.

The Port of Seattle has won a $20 million grant to rehab and expand one of its busiest container terminals downtown, one of two projects from Washington that successfully competed […]


WRRDA’s promised funding for US ports isn’t guaranteed

Congressional appropriators, or those with the purse strings, aren’t bound to follow the guidance set forth by the Water Resources Reform Development Act, which President Barack Obama is expected to soon sign into law.

Just because Congress promises to send hundreds of millions of dollars more annually to U.S. ports and more fairly distribute the […]


Harbor tax rebate could help Seattle, Tacoma ports attract business

The Seattle Times reports that the Ports of Tacoma (pictured) and Seattle ”are losing market share, and they lay part of the blame on the harbor-maintenance tax. Importers and shippers can bypass the levy — $1.25 per $1,000 in cargo — by entering through or Mexican ports and moving the goods to final U.S. […]


US Bill aims to abolish Harbor Maintenance Tax; could levy fees on imports from Canada, Mexico

News Tribune graphic, 2012

The legislation would change the Harbor Maintenance Tax and give shippers “new incentives to move their goods through American ports-particularly those in the Pacific Northwest,” said Senator Murray.

A US Senate bill could go forward next month that will propose a repeal of the existing Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) […]


End run threatens ports in Northwest

”The threat is real,” said Cantwell. ”The Federal Maritime Commission found that up to 27 percent of container volume moving through West Coast ports is at risk of diverting to Prince Rupert.” Canadian ports have soared from 7.8 to 13.9 percent, with expansion that will allow Prince Rupert to take more cargoes than Seattle, […]


U.S. Senators urge ILWU, foreign grain merchants to 'reach a fair agreement'

U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell have written to leaders of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers’ Association to reach a collective bargaining agreement for the Northwest grain terminals.

Weeks after the ILWU and American grain exporter TEMCO reached a collective bargaining agreement to cover three terminals […]


Union: Grain companies agree to resume talks

Excerpts from the Columbian:

Union dockworkers, locked out for more than three weeks in a contract dispute with United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver, say the company and two other operators of Northwest grain-export terminals have agreed to return to the bargaining table.

The agreement to renew talks is outlined in a March […]


Merkley and McDermott lead Oregon and Washington Congressional Members in Calling for Resolution of Port Dispute

Joint news release from Sen. Merkeley and Congressman Jim McDermott:

WASHINGTON, DC – Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Washington Congressman Jim McDermott today were joined by ten of their colleagues from Oregon and Washington to call for continuing negotiations and a fair and amicable settlement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the […]


Canadian ports wade into political waters

Last September, two Washington senators and a handful of West Coast representatives asked the commissioners to analyze the impact of shippers stopping in Canada and then sending their goods by rail to the United States. Their primary concern involved a Harbor Maintenance Tax, which the government charges shippers to reimburse dredging costs. The report placed […]


U.S. agency accuses Canada of luring cargo away from U.S. ports

Cranes stack containers from cargo ships at the Port of Vancouver on October 16, 2008. A U.S. federal agency is poised to chastise Canada in an upcoming report to Congress, alleging Canadian ports on the West Coast are deliberately luring lucrative cargo business away from their American counterparts, say sources familiar with the findings. […]


US Congress Bill Would Defer 100 Percent Container Scanning

The battle over 100 percent scanning of U.S.-bound ocean containers is taking another sharp turn in a partisan skirmish over maritime security.

A bill to reauthorize the 2006 SAFE Port Act includes a provision that would suspend the July 2012 deadline for scanning all containers before they board a U.S.-bound vessel. Its sponsors, Sen. […]


Budget cuts may cost Port of Vancouver $10M

The Port of Vancouver plans to use the finds to help complete the West Vancouver Freight Access Project.

Fallout from the congressional budget showdown may cost the Port of Vancouver $10 million in federal funding for a rail improvement project intended to attract new industrial development.

The port’s funding is not part of the […]