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.

Port of Oakland in talks to build Seaport Logistics Complex

Port of Oakland news release:

Talks have begun to develop the next phase of a 170-acre Seaport Logistics Complex at the Port of Oakland. Port Commissioners gave the go-ahead last night, authorizing exclusive negotiations between the Port and industrial real estate developer CenterPoint Properties.

The Port and developer were given six months to reach agreement [...]


California coal terminal not a legitimate use of Utah millions, groups say

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

Utah’s proposed $53 million investment in an Oakland, Calif., export terminal is a flagrant abuse of community-impact funds that not only violates federal and state law, but will also subsidize private coal mining corporations and out-of-state developers at the expense of Utah taxpayers and local governments.

That’s according to two [...]


Utah Attorney General gets request to stop funds for Oakland Export Terminal

Excerpts from the Moab Times:

In an Oct. 22 letter to Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes, Moab attorney Christina Sloan asserted that under state and federal law, Community Impact Fund Board (CIB)-funded projects must be public infrastructure or services that are open and available to the citizens.

The Utah Attorney General’s office confirmed that [...]


How China’s growing appetite is transforming an American port

The Diplomat holds development at the Port of Oakland as ‘evidence of China’s growing appetite for American agricultural products.’

Excerpts from The Diplomat:

From forks to iPhones to couches, “Made in China” products fill American stores. U.S. ports typically import far more from China than they export, but Oakland stands as a rare exception. [...]


Oakland coal terminal becomes a political flash point

From the Wall Street Journal:

A proposal that could make this city a gateway for Utah coal to be shipped overseas has become a political flash point and put pressure on Gov. Jerry Brown, a former mayor known for his warnings on climate change, to come out against the project.

But the idea of coal [...]


Import volume up for seventh straight month at Port of Oakland

Containerized import volume was up for a seventh-straight month at the Port of Oakland in September. The Port said this week that it handled 1.6 percent more containerized imports last month than it did a year ago.

The import rally has erased a wintertime decline in Oakland. The Port said import totals for the first [...]


Coal-shipping plan divides Oakland over health, jobs issues

Several ILWU representatives spoke against coal exports — but in favor of other bulk products — at the Oakland City Council on Sept 21. Katrina Booker, ILWU Local 10 longshorewoman, said she’d seen the negative health effects of coal and that developers should instead export cleaner, safer cargoes from the terminal.

Opposition to coal is [...]


Port of Oakland status: labor shortage gone, ‘ships are working’

From a Port of Oakland news release:

A summer-long labor shortage hampering Port of Oakland operations is over. Now it’s time to improve efficiency and speed up the flow of cargo. That was the goal here yesterday as a Port Efficiency Task Force met for the second time.

Hundreds of new dockworkers have joined the [...]


Port of Oakland operating revenue at all-time high in FY 2015

Port of Oakland

Port of Oakland news release:

Operating revenue at the Port of Oakland reached an all-time high in Fiscal Year 2015. The Port has reported $336.6 million in revenue for the year ended June 30. That was up 4.2 percent from the previous year.

“The result is encouraging, given the challenges [...]


Pollution, health concerns over plan for coal exports at Oakland Port

”We are adamantly opposed to coal. We’re not against the terminal; we welcome the terminal. We’re just opposed to coal.” — Derrick Muhammad, ILWU Local 10 Business Agent, testifying against coal exports on September 21, 2015.

A lengthy public hearing in Oakland Monday afternoon and evening sought to parse out the benefits or drawbacks [...]


Oakland Coal hearing: True opposition, fake support

ILWU Local 10 Business Agent Derrick Muhammad speaks out against coal for health and economic reasons — and others were exploited to show ‘support’ in exchange for a free T-shirt and meal — in this news clip from KPIX titled ‘Oakland Residents Weigh In On Proposed Coal Train Terminal’:

Hundreds gathered in Monday night [...]


Oakland Longshore Workers Say No to Coal

”Waterfront space is in short supply on the West Coast, and it would be a mistake to lock Oakland into a decades-long lease with a coal industry that many say is dying,” said ILWU Local 34 President Sean Farley.

Excerpts from World Maritime News:

Unionized longshore workers and marine clerks at the Ports of [...]


Oakland longshore workers oppose shipping coal at new terminal

From the Contra Costa Times:

Longshore workers at the Port of Oakland are opposing a developer’s plan to ship coal to Asia through a new terminal at the old Army Base.

Members of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 and Local 34 voted to oppose the handling of coal at a new bulk maritime [...]


East Bay labor unions say ‘No’ to coal in Oakland

The official voice of the labor movement in the East Bay has come out against plans to export coal from Oakland. This morning, the Alameda Labor Council’s executive committee passed a resolution opposing the export of coal from the bulk commodity terminal planned for construction at the city’s former Army Base.

The resolution cites health [...]


Longshore Workers vote to oppose coal exports in Oakland

Oakland shouldn’t become the dumping ground for dirty, low value cargoes rejected at other ports, union says. There are better cargoes for that location that will bring good waterfront jobs to Oakland

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 18, 2015) – Longshore workers and marine clerks who have moved cargo at the Ports of Oakland and [...]