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.

UK publication shows members' photos that debunk PMA's claims of congestion

Longshore workers who documented empty terminal space to debunk the employers’ claim of congested docks have had their photos published widely. Acknowledging that it was ‘thousands of miles away,’ The Loadstar in the UK wrote in an article titled ‘West coast port congestion: Crisis, what crisis? asks dockworkers’ union (in pix)’:

This photo by […]


ILWU President blasts PMA threat to shut down US ports

Photos of empty docks show that PMA employers, based largely overseas, are worsening a congestion crisis at West Coast ports to pressure American workers

The ILWU has provided the media with several pictures disputing the PMA’s claims that West Coast ports are too congested to unload ships. In fact, they have acres of asphalt […]


West Coast ports remain open as ILWU continues negotiations for new deal

From the NW Labor Press: Though the six-year union contract between International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the multi-employer Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) expired July 1, union members continue to load and unload ships on West Coast ports. Neither side is publicly discussing progress in the talks, which have been under way since […]


ILWU Marches ‘Fair’ Contract to United Grain

ILWU International President Robert McEllrath delivers TEMCO agreement to Mitsui-United Grain, March 8, 2013. McEllrath was accompanied by approximately 400 ILWU members and supporters. Photo by Dawn Des Brisay, ILWU Local 40 member.

International Longshore and Warehouse Union grain workers recently delivered what they consider to be a “fair” contract to the offices of United […]


No progress in dispute as lockout enters its sixth day

The Long Beach was loaded at the Port of Vancouver USA without Longshore labor. Photo by ILWU Local 4 longshore worker Jared Moultrie

From the Columbian:

“We have not brought in any replacement workers,” Pat McCormick said Sunday. “We are working with United Grain personnel only.” McCormick is the spokesman for the Pacific […]


ITF backs ILWU president

ILWU International President Robert ‘Big Bob’ McEllrath was detained on September 7, 2011 in Cowlitz County, WA, while protesting corporate greed with hundreds of ILWU members at EGT Port of Longview. Photo by ILWU Local 40 President Dawn Des Brisay.

The ITF has expressed its strong backing for Robert McEllrath, international president of the ILWU, […]


New Zealand: Port will pay wages to some union workers during lockout

ILWU VP Ray Familathe with MUNZ President Garry Parsloe, March 2012. Photo by Dawn Des Brisay, ILWU Local 40 President.

Ports of Auckland has agreed to pay some of its unionised workers a week’s wages before a planned lockout on April 6.

An Employment Court judge today heard the company’s “good faith” pledge to […]


How Occupy helped labor win on the West Coast

By Josh Eidelson at Salon.com:

ILWU members demonstrate on train tracks in September. Dawn Des Brisay photo.

Earlier this month longshore workers in Washington state reached a contract with a boss that has spent the past year fighting to keep their union out. That company, the multinational EGT, sought to run its new grain terminal […]


ILWU Local 21 members working EGT’s first ship today

ILWU Local 21 was the workforce when EGT’s first ship docked at the Port of Longview on Feb. 7, 2012. Photo by ILWU 21 member Kyle Mackey.

In an article called “No protest as grain ship docks at EGT terminal” published today, the Daily News reports:

The EGT vessel Full Sources docked at the […]


Sheriff: Arrests coming for grain terminal raid

Law enforcement’s heavy hand against ILWU longshore workers on September 7, 2011 at the Port of Longview, WA. Brock Lile photo

Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson said Friday his office plans to arrest protesters involved with a raid on a grain terminal at the Port of Longview early Thursday and asked for the public’s […]


200 longshore workers protest EGT at grain industry conference

Members of the ILWU protest EGT at a national grain conference in Seattle. Photo by Cameron Williams, ILWU Local 19 president.

SEATTLE, WA (August 23, 2011) — A group of more than 200 union longshore workers from Washington and Oregon chanted and protested during EGT head Larry Clarke’s speech at the 2011 Midwest Specialty […]


Bulk steel exports from Seattle rise

Longshoremen secured the billets in the hold of a breakbulk ship at the Port of Seattle. Photo by Matt Ventoza of ILWU Local 19.

Nearly 40 longshore workers were loading heavy steel rods for export onto a ship at Seattle’s Terminal 105 this week, a welcome boost to the region’s export economy.

While Nucor […]


Ports of L.A. and Long Beach are surging back

Cosco terminal photo by Keenan Calhoun, member of ILWU Local 13

Other ports also did well this year, bouncing back from a dismal 2009. New York/New Jersey, ranked third in volume after L.A. and Long Beach, added 12.8% more cargo. Oakland, in fifth place, improved 15.3%.

But none gained as much traffic as Los […]


Port of Seattle Imports Up 93.3 Percent

Puget Sound longshore workers are experiencing a strong rebound. This photo was submitted by Seattle longshore worker Curt Treadwell. Submit your waterfront photos to longshorenews (at) gmail.com.

Containerized imports at the Port of Seattle exploded last month, increasing 93.3 percent compared to June of 2009. The 88,763 TEUs recorded in June were […]