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.

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 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 [...]


Port of Oakland booming

Containerized import volume keeps growing at the Port of Oakland as peak shipping season nears. The Port said today that imports jumped 15 percent in August compared to 2014 totals. It was the sixth-consecutive month of gains ahead of the traditional autumn pre-holiday cargo surge.

The Port said overall container volume in August – [...]


Port of Oakland’s ‘Oakpass’ plan on hold

A plan by Port of Oakland’s terminal operators to work containers on Saturdays and charge fees to weekday clients has been set aside by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) pending further information.

The original plan would see the introduction of full container operations on Saturdays, a rarity in the industry throughout the US. Its purpose [...]


Beefed-up labour force helps Port of Oakland clear vessel backlog

The Port of Oakland announced on Tuesday that a backlog of vessels in San Francisco Bay is clearing thanks mainly to increased manpower at the Port’s docks.

According to the Port’s media release, Tuesday marked the sixth successive day no ships were waiting at anchor for any of its five terminals. That’s in contrast with [...]


Oakland port to open Saturdays

The Port of Oakland’s four international marine terminals plan to operate terminal gates on Saturdays starting later this year. The terminals are participating in a new program called OakPass, designed to reduce congestion at the port during the work week.

“The Port of Oakland and the four international container terminals agree on the need for [...]


Oakland Port proposes trucking fees to fight congestion

From the Wall Street Journal:

Terminal operators at the Port of Oakland plan to start charging trucking companies to move containers during peak times in an attempt to alleviate congestion.

The proposal, which federal regulators are currently evaluating, is facing criticism from large retailers, farmers and other companies that rely on the port for imports [...]


Port of Oakland announces task force findings on efficiency

Port of Oakland news release:

Task force meets to help Port of Oakland become more efficient

Labor, truckers, cargo owners join effort to get cargo moving quickly

Port of Oakland officials have a plan to move cargo more efficiently at their global trade gateway. This week they got expert guidance in implementing the [...]


Imports up in June for fourth straight month at Port of Oakland

Containerized import volume increased in June for the fourth straight month at the Port of Oakland. The Port said today it handled the equivalent of 75,780 loaded 20-foot import containers last month. That was up 2.61 percent from June 2014. Oakland import volume has exceeded the previous year’s total in every month since March.

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