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.

AFL-CIO: No Solidarity Charters for ILWU

Excerpts from Labor Notes:

As the AFL-CIO prepares for a convention where leaders say the goal is unprecedented solidarity with organizations outside the labor movement, the federation is turning its back on some inside the house of labor. Leaders have ruled that locals of the West Coast Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) cannot seek “solidarity [...]


Longshore Union Quits the AFL-CIO

Excerpts from Labor Notes:

In an August 29 letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, ILWU President Robert McEllrath cited these ongoing juristictional battles as part of the union’s decision to disaffiliate. The skirmishes hit close to home: McEllrath comes out of Vancouver, Washington’s Local 4, where members of rival unions are crossing ILWU picket lines, [...]


ILWU disafilliates from AFL-CIO

[A PDF of the following letter is available at this link]

August 29, 2013

President Richard Trumka AFL-CIO 815 16th Street, NW Washington, DC 20006

Re: ILWU Disaffiliation

Brother Trumka:

It is with regret but resolve that we have come to the point where the International Longshore and Warehouse [...]


ILWU Longshore Division sends $20,000 to Hong Kong: 'Dockworkers support each other'

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Brother Cheuk-yan:

The ILWU Coast Longshore Division recently met in Caucus with 81 democratically elected delegates from 30 United States West Coast ports. At this Caucus, your strike in Hong Kong was thoroughly discussed, and it was unanimously agreed that the ILWU would do everything possible to ensure [...]


Grain talks break down on Day One as foreign grain companies refuse to discuss ILWU-TEMCO agreement

Union offers ILWU-TEMCO agreement as a template for negotiations; employer group refuses to budge from their November 16 ‘last, best and final’ proposal which members rejected by more than 90%

PORTLAND, OR (March 22, 2013) – Negotiations between the ILWU Locals 4, 8, 19, 21 and 23 and three members of the Pacific Northwest Grain [...]


ILWU Marches ‘Fair’ Contract to United Grain

ILWU International President Robert McEllrath delivers TEMCO agreement to Mitsui-United Grain, March 8, 2013. McEllrath was accompanied by approximately 400 ILWU members and supporters. Photo by Dawn Des Brisay, ILWU Local 40 member.

International Longshore and Warehouse Union grain workers recently delivered what they consider to be a “fair” contract to the offices of United [...]


ILWU supporters rally in downtown Vancouver; converge on the headquarters of Mitsui-United Grain

Several hundred ILWU members and supporters marched to Mitsui-United Grain’s Vancouver headquarters on March 8, 2013, led by International President Robert McEllrath and International Vice President Ray Familathe. Photo by Jared Moultrie, ILWU Local 4.

The following text is excerpted from the Columbian:

Several hundred people rallied Friday morning at Esther Short Park to [...]


ILWU files Unfair Labor Practice charge against Mitsui-United Grain

Union head says Mitsui is ‘profiting from the United States’ infrastructure, natural resources and labor’ yet breaking U.S. law with its lockout

VANCOUVER, WA (MARCH 5, 2013) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 4 has filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge against Mitsui-United Grain for the company’s lockout of its workforce at the [...]


ILWU and TEMCO reach grain agreement for Northwest terminals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 27, 2013 CONTACTS: Jennifer Sargent, ILWU, 503-703-2933 Mark Klein, TEMCO, 952-742-6211

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Locals 23, 21, 19, 8 and 4 and U.S.-based grain company TEMCO, LLC today jointly announced that they have respectively ratified a 5-year interim collective bargaining agreement covering three TEMCO grain export facilities [...]


Victory for Pacific Beach Workers in Honolulu

From the ILWU Dispatcher:

Long road to victory: After a decade of struggle, workers at the Pacific Beach Hotel won their first contract agreement.

It was early in the afternoon of December 29, 2012 at the Pacific Beach Hotel – site of countless rallies and demonstrations led by Local 142. But on this day, [...]


Merkley and McDermott lead Oregon and Washington Congressional Members in Calling for Resolution of Port Dispute

Joint news release from Sen. Merkeley and Congressman Jim McDermott:

WASHINGTON, DC – Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Washington Congressman Jim McDermott today were joined by ten of their colleagues from Oregon and Washington to call for continuing negotiations and a fair and amicable settlement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the [...]


Port clerical workers settle strike after securing good jobs with outsourcing controls

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 CONTACTS: Craig Merrilees 510-774-5325, Roy San Filippo 213-221-5712

LOS ANGELES, CA — Four hundred and fifty office clerical workers ended their one-week strike to secure good jobs for working families in the harbor community by winning new protections that will help prevent jobs from being outsourced to Texas, [...]


Maritime Union holds 4th Triennial Conference 6–9 November 2012

The Maritime Union held its 4th Triennial Conference in Wellington from Tuesday 6 November to Friday 9 November.

Maritime Union of New Zealand General Secretary Joe Fleetwood says the Conference concludes a three year period of intense activity for the Union.

He says that the Ports of Auckland dispute had been on the agenda, along [...]


ILA Stands With Brave ILWU President Who Said: 'Fighting For Good Jobs In America Shouldn't Be A Crime'

From the International Longshoremen’s Association web site:

The ILA published this photo and article in support of ILWU President Robert McEllrath, pictured here with supporters from global maritime unions.

ILWU President Bob McEllrath Convicted of Misdemeanor Offense In Longview, Washington; ILA Stands With Brave ILWU President Who Said: ‘Fighting For Good Jobs In America [...]


Grain and Greed in the Northwest

Collective bargaining negotiations are underway in the Northwest between the ILWU and grain industry giants. Here’s the background in the ILWU Dispatcher:

Grain is the new gold for multinationals eager to move valuable cargo for a healthy profit.

Global grain giants, 80 years into contract, try to squeeze longshore workers

Wheat-based bread on Japan’s [...]