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.

MOL launching auto service from Mexico to several U.S. ports

MOL’s news release expresses confidence in a projected increase in automobiles manufactured in Mexico.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. has announced that it started new car carrier services that transport vehicles produced in Mexico to ports in NAFTA region.

Around 3 million vehicles were produced in Mexico in 2013, about 80% of which were exported. As [...]


Longshore Union vindicated as federal court throws out lawsuits by ICTSI and Port of Portland

Filipino company ICTSI sought to undermine the collective bargaining agreement and multi-employer system that has benefited the industry and economy for decades

”ICTSI’s attack on the decades old collective bargaining relationship between the ILWU and its own employer association, PMA, demonstrates ICTSI’s arrogance and complete disregard for the rules of engagement here in [...]


ITF wins death threats investigation promise

SGTM members picketed at the ICTSI terminal in Portland earlier this month, and were sought by Honduran police on their return home.

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has won a promise from the Honduran ambassador to the UK to investigate death threats and victimisation of trade unionists in the city of Puerto Cortés.



ICTSI, Honduran gov't persecute dockworkers after peaceful picket in Portland

Honduran authorities circulated this picture from the Oregonian in search of union dockworkers Carlos Alvarado, left, and Glen Galdames, as they picket outside Terminal 6 on March 4. Longshore workers walked off their jobs at the Port of Portland’s container terminal Tuesday in solidarity with the Hondurans, who are members of the SGTM union [...]


Troubled Port of Portland container Terminal 6 shuts after longshore-security officer altercation

Excerpts from The Oregonian:

The Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 shut down again Wednesday, this time after a verbal altercation between container-yard employees and longshore workers.

“Today ICTSI and Port supervisors threatened top loader drivers with physical violence, showing once again that ICTSI and the Port are working in collusion against union members,” said ILWU [...]


Longshore workers honor Honduran picket line at Port of Portland

Honduran dockworkers have suffered massive job losses, violence and militarization of their cargo terminal since ICTSI took over operations at Puerto Cortes in 2013.

This Associated Press article was published in news outlets in Oregon, Washington, California, Texas, Indiana and beyond:

Labor turmoil continues at the Port of Portland as longshoreman refused to cross [...]


Longshore union says review requested by Kitzhaber of Port of Portland cargo operations will be tainted

Excerpts from The Oregonian:

The West Coast longshore union is blasting a review requested by Gov. John Kitzhaber of conditions at the Port of Portland’s container terminal before it even gets started.

The timing and nature of the longshore statement, which describes the Port’s probe as a case of “the fox guarding the hen house,” [...]


Portland expects rebound in 2014

From Progressive Railroading:

“While tonnage was down slightly for the calendar year, the port finished 2013 with one of the highest volume months in recent history with 1.3 million tons handled in December and posted fiscal-year gains at the halfway point that bode well for the year ahead,” Port of Portland officials said in a [...]


Union leader’s dad murdered in place of son

[NOTE: Honduran union leader Victor Crespo has been threatened for trying to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with ICTSI, the same terminal operator that took over operations at the Port of Portland's Terminal 6 in 2010.]

From Morning Star Online:

Killing payback for port collective bargain fight

The father of Honduran trade union leader Victor [...]


Tidewater getting new tugboats

From the Columbian:

A keel-laying ceremony Friday afternoon at Vigor Industrial on Portland’s Swan Island marked the start of construction for the first of three new tugboats being built for Tidewater Barge Lines of Vancouver. The tugs will be the first newly built vessels for the company in nearly 30 years.

Marc Schwartz, Tidewater’s maintenance [...]


Oregonian once again sensationalizes port issues

In an article titled “Renewed chaos hits Port of Portland terminal as Hanjin Shipping Co., prepares to announce whether its ships will keep calling,” The Oregonian once again points fingers at the men and women who have worked on the docks for decades, despite the clear failures of private terminal operator ICTSI which took over [...]


Portland scuttles new grain terminal

A plan to allow for the development of a new grain export terminal at the Port of Portland has been cancelled.

Tentative plans for the West Hayden Island project would have included a grain export terminal, an auto processing facility, onsite manufacturing and about 500 acres of natural areas.

To allow for development, however, the [...]


Port of Portland Withdraws West Hayden Island Annexation Proposal

From a Port of Portland news release:

A lengthy and complex process to annex West Hayden Island for a future marine terminal, habitat preservation and recreational amenities came to an end this week when the Port briefed its Commission and informed Portland Mayor Charlie Hales that it is formally withdrawing its consent to annex the [...]


Grain terminal developer kicking tires at Portland’s West Hayden Island site

Hayden Island is situated in the Columbia River, between the Ports of Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA. Port of Portland photo.

A grain shipping terminal developer is shopping around for sites in the Northwest and expressed some interest in the Port of Portland’s West Hayden Island property.

The project developers initially looked at a [...]


Gov. Kitzhaber's announcement a step toward resolving one aspect of the ongoing issues at Terminal 6

ICTSI still has no services agreement with Hanjin and continues with a labor management model that impedes terminal operations

PORTLAND, OR (DECEMBER 13, 2013) – Yesterday, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announced that all of the work associated with maintaining reefers (refrigerated containers) at Terminal 6 at the Port of Portland will be assigned to [...]