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.

Record year for intermodal containers at nation’s largest ports

Intermodal cargo is booming at the nation’s ports. The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach both reported record levels of cargo. Georgia’s Port of Savannah hit its highest annual volume ever, and the Port of New York and New Jersey also shattered its previous annual cargo volume record, set in 2015.



ILA leaders urge members to return to work at Port of New York and New Jersey

Update from the International Longshoremen’s Association:

The leadership of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO urges all ILA members in the Port of New York and New Jersey to accept orders and return to work immediately.

“We have heard your voices, we have heard your concerns, and we have taken action on your behalf,” ILA leaders […]


Lengthy turn times drawing complaints at Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland has come a long way from last summer, when harbor truckers disrupted the port through sporadic work stoppages protesting new clean-truck rules. But based on recent comments from truckers it still has plenty of work to do to improve turn times in the harbor.

Oakland, like Los Angeles-Long Beach, New York-New […]


USMX members ratify new 6-year master contract

USMX has issued the following news release:

Vote Concludes 13 Months of Negotiations with Longshoremen

NEWARK, N.J. (April 17, 2013) — After more than a year of bargaining, members of the United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd. (USMX) voted today to ratify a new six-year Master Contract with the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA). The approval came […]


Longshoremen Talks With NY/NJ Port Terminal Operators And Ocean Carriers Nearing Critical Deadline

Excerpts from International Business Times:

Even if ILA members approve the master contract, it only goes into effect if local contract issues specific to individual ports are resolved, issues that include work rules and pensions. None of the local negotiations are as challenging as those of the Port of New York and New Jersey, where […]


Port Authority: Storm damaged 16,000 cars at port

Superstorm Sandy has caused damage to thousands of cars in the Port of New York and New Jersey that were heading to vehicle sales lots around the region.

Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman says 16,000 cars were damaged in the storm.

The New York Shipping Association says Toyota and vehicle processor FAPS Inc., which handles […]


NJ Port Drivers Sue Over Contractor Status

Owner-operator truck drivers this week sued one of the largest drayage operators at the Port of New York and New Jersey, claiming the company improperly classified them as independent contractors instead of employees.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in New Jersey Superior Court in Newark, represents a new tack in a Teamsters-backed campaign to classify owner-operators […]