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.

PMA & ILWU begin talks on new West Coast waterfront labor pact

The ILWU-PMA collective bargaining relationship dates back to the 1930′s and covers all West Coast ports. The current agreement expires on June 30.

SAN FRANCISCO (May 12, 2014) – Negotiations for a new labor contract covering nearly 20,000 dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports began Monday afternoon in San Francisco. The current contract expires at [...]


Coast Caucus concludes with priorities and a plan for Longshore contract negotiations

ILWU Longshore Caucus Delegates, March 2014

The 90 delegates and dozens of pensioners who gathered in San Francisco for the Coast Longshore Division Caucus concluded their two week meeting on March 7 after adopting an approach to negotiations for a new Longshore & Clerks Contract that expires on June 30.

Resolutions set the agenda



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 [...]


JOC: McKenna optimistic on West Coast contract negotiations

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The chief negotiator for waterfront employers on the West Coast is optimistic that the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union will reach a contract agreement this summer without a strike or lockout.

PMA President Jim McKenna predicted that an agreement will be reached in mid [...]


Murder, death threats and violent thugs accompany ICTSI into Central America

Enrique Razon, CEO of ICTSI, has amassed $4.5 billion in wealth by operating terminals — and exploiting port workers — around the world. He is the 4th richest man in the Philippines, according to Forbes Magazine..

International Container Terminal Services Incorporated (ICTSI) – the rogue employer responsible for flagrant contract violations at the Port [...]


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, [...]