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.

Ports agreement a ‘great deal’ for Canada: federal labour minister

On Tuesday, [Canadian Federal Labour Minister Lisa] Raitt was in Vancouver to sign the eight-year ports agreement recently reached between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada (ILWU) and the B.C. Maritime Employers Association.

At a downtown signing ceremony, Raitt lauded the agreement as a win-win deal for both workers — who get improved wages […]


Canada: ILWU members ratify new long-term agreement

On May 3 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) ratified a new agreement with the BC Maritime Employer’s Association, lessening the prospect of any job action at West Coast ports.

The new agreement is for eight years, which the union says will provide stability and certainty to everyone involved, and includes a […]


ILWU Canada agreement ratified

A new era of stability and openness to women working at Canada’s west coast ports will be ushered in by the new agreement between the International Longshore Warehouse Union Canada and the BC Maritime Employers Association that has received wide support by ILWU Canada members.

“Collective bargaining is alive and working well at Pacific Gateway […]


Deal averts strike by cargo handlers

ILWU Canada had conducted a strike vote in February. Photo of Port of Metro Vancouver.

A tentative deal has been reached to avert a strike by longshoremen at B.C. ports.

The 3,500 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada (ILWU) are expected to vote next week on the on the prospective deal […]


ILWU Canada reaches tentative agreement

A tentative collective agreement covering longshore Pacific Gateway workplaces was reached late last night.

“We are unanimously recommending the tentative agreement,” says ILWU Canada President Tom Dufresne.

The tentative agreement will be voted on by the ILWU leadership onThursday, April 21st, and then by the full ILWU Canada membership shortly thereafter.

“We are content with […]


BCMEA, ILWU Canada continue talks

ILWU Canada president Tom Dufresne said the union’s top goals in talks are to retain a supplementary pension and First Aid attendants, in the face of possible cuts, and to expand maternity and paternity benefits.

“We’re looking for some top-up on maternity and paternity leave, because right now all we have is what’s contained in […]


Canadian Longshoremen, Employers Resume Talks

In addition to the traditional collective bargaining issues, employers seek to amend the Canada Labor Code to eliminate the use of a union strike or employer lockout and replace it with a mediation/arbitration process.

ILWU Canada said the proposed change would establish subjective criteria for the arbitrator to consider. Those criteria are outside of the […]


Canada’s Minister of Labour Refers ILWU & BCMEA Collective Bargaining to CIRB

Canadian Minister of Labour, Lisa Raitt, has officially referred the current round of collective bargaining between ILWU and the BCMEA to the Canadian Industrial Relations Board. The CIRB has been given the task of determining whether either party has been bargaining in bad faith, or been unreasonable in their effort to enter into an agreement.



ILWU fights union-busting tactics

ILWU Canada members at a recent protest

The Canadian dockers’ union, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) is standing up to employers Global Container Terminals (TSI).

The ITF-affiliated union is in dispute over the company’s union-busting tactics, which it believes are a clear attack on the right to collective bargaining.

The union and company […]


ILWU Opposes Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement

Despite potential increases in cargo movement benefiting dockworkers, union opposes proposed Korea-United States trade agreement because it continues failed trade policy and is harmful to workers, consumers, and the environment in both South Korea and the United States

December 13, 2010

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The Honorable Nancy Pelosi United States House […]


An open letter to President Obama on Costa Rica's labor violations

The following letter is also available in pdf format and in Spanish. La carta siguiente se puede leer en español.

June 17, 2010

The Honorable Barack Obama President, United States of America The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington, DC 20500

President Obama:

This letter is a follow up to my April 22, 2010 letter […]