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.

Philippine port operator ICTSI aims to outpace its global peers

ICTSI’s first attempt at operating in the United States has resulted in crippling problems at Terminal 6 in Portland.

With 30 port concessions in 20 countries across six continents, International Container Terminal Services is the most globalized Philippine corporation by geographical scope.

Compared to its global peers, however, ICTSI still has a ways to go. [...]


Port of Newport receives $2 million for facility to serve Oregon agricultural producers

Excerpts from the Oregonian

The Port of Newport has received its first grant toward rehabilitating its international shipping terminal. The $2 million grant from the federal Department of Transportation will be used to leverage more money from state sources to finish a shipping facility, port officials said Thursday.

While there are pending upgrades to Highway [...]


ILWU will appeal NLRB ruling

From an article titled ‘Federal labor board rules longshoremen intentionally slowed work, made threats in 2012′ in The Oregonian:

The National Labor Relations Board has once again ruled that longshoremen engaged in unfair labor practices during a 2012 dispute with the container-terminal operator at the Port of Portland.

But the three-year struggle is not [...]


Judge’s ruling on labor actions doesn’t silence union-port war of words

Although very little work is happening at Terminal 6 at the Port of Portland, its operator and the union representing the workers there are continuing to spar.

On Wednesday, ICTSI Oregon, which operates the container terminal, issued a press released trumpeting a National Labor Relations Board ruling affirming an administrative law judge’s ruling that ILWU [...]


Editorial: Rail investments essential to port and local economy

In an editorial titled ”Olympia keeps local rail upgrades on track,” The Daily News applauds Washington State’s investment in a rail corridor project that will help Longview attract cargo.

The Legislature worked into triple overtime this year, but it did finally deliver our corner of Washington some great news: It committed the state to contributing [...]


Columbia River deepening sparks $1 billion in investments

Despite criticism from environmentalists, the $200 million Columbia River channel deepening project generated over $1 billion in capital investments since its completion five years ago, port officials and terminal operators say.

In a new report released by Port of Portland and Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, consultants studied the economic impact of the project that deepened [...]


Portland City Council won’t even consider that massive north Portland propane terminal

ILWU Local 8 victory in opposing Pembina propane export terminal in Portland

[Note: you can help shore up Local 8's victory by voting NO in this online poll ASAP. Thank you! -Editors]

From the Portland Mercury:

Mayor Charlie Hales’ office has pulled a June 10 hearing over zoning changes that would allow a massive [...]


Portland newspaper declares 'death sentence' for controversial propane terminal

In an article titled ‘Mayor Charlie Hales withdraws support for Pembina propane terminal,’ the Willamette Weekly writes:

Posters have appeared around Portland spoofing Charlie Hales’ campaign materials. Hales ran as an environmentalist and was pushing for massing propane exports that would clog existing rail lines. ILWU Local 8 has been actively opposing the project.

In [...]


Portland City Council sets public hearing on proposed propane export terminal in North Portland

Posters have appeared around Portland spoofing Charlie Hales’ campaign materials. Hales ran as an environmentalist and is pushing for massing propane exports that would clog existing rail lines. ILWU Local 8 is actively opposing the project.

The Portland City Council will hold a public hearing June 10 on a proposed zoning amendment that would allow [...]


Propane terminal gets nod, moves to Portland City Council

ILWU Local 8 President Mike Stanton was among the many speakers who opposed the proposed terminal, pointing out that it would cause rail congestion and squeeze out existing businesses. Stanton was thanked for his testimony by several community activists who appreciate ILWU support.

The Portland City Council will decide the fate of a $500 million [...]


Portland terminal ‘doesn’t have a labor problem; it has a management problem’

The Port of Portland has ten marine terminals, all of which are experiencing good labor relations except for the one operated by ICTSI.

From an article titled ‘Oregon Lawmakers Call For End To Port Labor Dispute’ on Oregon Public Broadcasting:

A bipartisan group of Oregon lawmakers issued a letter this week, calling for an [...]


ICTSI is 'failing to thrive in the US because of its own managerial shortcomings'

Port of Portland's Terminal 6 is privately operated by Philippines-based ICTSI, which signed a 25-year lease with the port in 2010.

From an article titled ‘Problems continue at the Port of Portland’ in the Portland Tribune:

Only a few days after West Coast port operators reached a tentative contract agreement with the International Longshore [...]


Longshore union says terminal operator to blame for Hanjin's Portland departure

From the Portland Business Journal:

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union on Tuesday blamed ICTSI Oregon Inc. — the company hired to manage the Port of Portland’s sole container terminal — for the departure of the port’s largest shipping service, Hanjin Shipping.

“Hanjin’s stated departure from Portland rests solely on ICTSI’s inherent refusal and failure [...]


Port of Portland extends subsidies, ‘a waste of resources’ as ICTSI raises rates

Excerpts from the Capital Press article titled ”Port of Portland extends ocean carrier subsidies”:

The Port of Portland commission voted on Dec. 10 to pay up to $4 million in subsidies to Hanjin and other carriers, which are at risk of avoiding the facility due to slow container movements.

The subsidies were approved over the [...]


PMA deceptively blames workers for port congestion caused by chassis mismanagement and other supply chain failures

Chassis are piled up for scrap at Schnitzer Steel in Portland. Photo taken on November 10, 2014.

The ILWU is not responsible for the ongoing congestion crisis at West Coast ports

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Over the past week, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents over 70 multinational ocean carriers and maritime companies [...]