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.

Media says 'scores of strikebreakers ready to replace longshoremen in case of lockout'

In an article called ‘Northwest grain terminal lockout would pit longshoremen against strikebreakers they call scabs,’ the Oregonian writes:

Scores of out-of-state strikebreakers wait on high alert in Northwest hotel rooms, ready to replace longshoremen in case of a lockout at grain terminals.

Three fully crewed, non-union tugboats protected by armed guards stand by, prepared [...]


Rebel Ports of Auckland union signs collective agreement

MUNZ members, seen above, have fought the Ports of Auckland’s casualization plans. A breakaway group of workers has signed a scab collective agreement giving the Port an agreement inferior to the MUNZ contract.

PortPro is an officially registered union for Ports of Auckland workers, but don’t expected the Council of Trade Unions to support [...]


ILA to Continue Protest of Non-ILA Labor in Charleston

‘When the military needs to move cargo, we do whatever we have to do, and do it well,’ ILA Local 1422 President Ken Riley said. ‘It’s beyond me why, after all these years, the military is moving from best value to lowest bid. Our troops deserve the best.’

The International Longshoremen’s Association said its [...]


Court action starts over union 'scab' flyers

The Commonwealth has begun legal action against the Maritime Union of Australia and its WA assistant secretary over the distribution of flyers vilifying Fremantle Ports workers as “scabs”.

The ombudsman said Mr Tracey faced penalties of $6600 for each breach and the MUA, which is alleged to have approved of his actions, faced penalties of [...]


Police Move In To End Strike At Costa Rica's Caribbean Ports

Costa Rica Caribbean ports of Moín and Alemán, in the province of Limón, continued to be paralyzed since Tuesday by a strike protesting government attempts to grant an exclusive concession, to Dutch Transnational APM Terminals for loading and unloading at a new pier.

In the early hours of this morning (Thursday) police were called [...]


US Marines’ Plan to Use Non-ILA Labor Upsets Union

From today’s Journal of Commerce:

Operating engineers and SIU to unload ammunition from ship calling at Charleston

The International Longshoremen’s Association may have to take on the U.S. Marines to protect its jurisdiction in the Southeast.

ILA President Harold Daggett said the Marines intend to have workers represented by the International Union of Operating Engineers [...]


New Zealand ports plans now looking like a train wreck

From SaveOurPort.com

From SaveOurPort.com:

Today’s injunction stopping Ports of Auckland progressing its plans to dismiss and replace its workforce, combined with the company’s plan of an indefinite lockout, leaves Auckland Council with no choice but to intervene to find a workable solution to the industrial dispute, the Maritime Union said today.

Today the Employment [...]


Mass workers' rights protest may erupt

ILWU will be present at this rally in New Zealand on Saturday.

Firefighters could join forces with other embattled workers as the protest movement over workers’ rights in New Zealand escalates.

Fed up over lengthy negotiations, the Union of Professional Fire Fighters says its next step could be to join port workers, bureaucrats and [...]


Expert says legal action may disappoint New Zealand port workers

Media in New Zealand are reporting heavily on the Ports of Auckland dispute, including this analysis today:

Almost 300 Ports of Auckland workers being asked to reapply for their jobs will struggle to regain their previous employment conditions through legal action, an employment law expert says.

After a long-running industrial dispute, the port company announced [...]


How Occupy helped labor win on the West Coast

By Josh Eidelson at Salon.com:

ILWU members demonstrate on train tracks in September. Dawn Des Brisay photo.

Earlier this month longshore workers in Washington state reached a contract with a boss that has spent the past year fighting to keep their union out. That company, the multinational EGT, sought to run its new grain terminal [...]


Gov. Gregoire brokers end to ILWU-EGT dispute

The Northwest Labor Press published the following on January 31:

The NW Labor Press reported on Gov. Chris Gregoire’s quote that, ‘I asked EGT and ILWU to come together in a good faith effort to overcome their differences. Both parties should be commended for their willingness to work together and compromise. This framework reflects [...]


UA Local 393 resolution in support of ILWU Local 21

It’s important to note that progress has been made since the passage of this resolution, and the solidarity from labor unions around the world continues to be strong. On January 11, Plumbers and Fitters Local 393 in San Jose, CA, adopted the following resolution by unanimous vote:

Condemn Use of U.S. Military to [...]


Carpenters Local 156: ‘Now is the time for ALL of Organized Labor to stand with ILWU’

Carpenters Local 156, longtime friends of Operating Engineers Local 701, has written the ILWU the following letter, which is worth reading start to finish:

Dear brothers and sisters:

We send this letter to express our support of your struggles with EGT in Longview. We are humbled by your passion and commitment to securing work [...]


ILWU Pres. McEllrath: ‘Prepare to take action when EGT vessel arrives’

Click here to download a pdf of this letter.

January 3, 2012

To: All Longshore, Clerk, and Walking Boss/Foreman Locals

Brothers and Sisters:

We are currently engaged in a labor dispute with one of our employers, EGT, in the Pacific Northwest. EGT continues to refuse to return to the negotiating table with Local 21 [...]


‘AFL-CIO slow to act,’ but Painters and others pass resolutions supporting ILWU

Several unions have noted that “the AFL-CIO has been slow to act” on the union-busting that’s been taking place at EGT and the raiding of affiliated unions. Several unions bodies, including local unions, central labor councils, state federations, and international allies have passed resolutions expressing their strong support for longshore workers’ fight for a good [...]