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.

How Trump made wage theft routine

Excerpts from American Prospect:

With Donald Trump as president, more employers think wage theft is even easier to get away with.

Enrique (whose name has been changed to protect his identity) says that he and his coworkers wonder whether it’s worth it to file a claim with the Department of Labor or the appropriate state […]


Trump names Alexander Acosta as labor secretary nominee

Trump’s first disastrous nominee, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name from consideration. Today Politico reports that Trump has chosen pick number two:

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced his intent to nominate Alexander Acosta, a former Justice Department official and current dean of Florida International University College of Law, for labor secretary, just a day after […]


Puzder can't be labor secretary; he's anti-labor

Opinion from the Workplace Justice Project and the Centro de los Derechos del Migrante in the Baltimore Sun:

President Trump campaigned on promises of higher wages and better jobs, but he has betrayed those promises with his nomination of fast-food chain CEO Andrew Puzder for secretary of the Department of Labor.

The Department of Labor […]


Hardee's veteran calls Trump's labor nominee Puzder a 'disaster for workers'

Excepts from an opinion piece called ‘Andrew Puzder will be a disaster for workers. I know: He was for me.’ in the Washington Post:

JoAnn Wise, author of this opinion piece in the Washington Post, worked at Hardee’s for 21 years.

I already know what Trump/Puzder economics look like because I’m living it every day. […]


Labor judge tells Horizon Lines to pay sacked whistleblower US$1 million

From SeaNews:

”When his attempts to alert Horizon Lines to safety hazards onboard the vessel were ignored, ‘Loftus resorted to reporting safety concerns to the regulatory agencies because of Horizon’s consistent failure to correct hazardous conditions aboard the Trader. Loftus was clearly a thorn in Horizon’s side,”’ reported SeaNews.

Horizon Lines has been ordered to […]


U.S. Labor Secretary appoints ILWU Local 10 president to safety advisory group

The U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has issued the following news release including Ed Ferris, a Local 10 longshoreman who serves on the Safety Committee and was recently elected president of Local 10 in San Francisco/Oakland:

Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez appoints 15 members to Maritime Advisory Committee for […]


Striking warehouse staff call on Amazon for better pay and conditions

Staff at a major Los Angeles warehouse serving Amazon and other big retailers went on strike Tuesday, protesting unpaid wages and overtime, dangerous conditions, a lack of breaks and water during hot summer months, and retaliation by management against their organizing efforts. The strike continued on Wednesday.

The stoppage is the latest tactic in […]


Increasing Reliance on Guest Worker Programs

Excerpts from a David Bacon article called “Displaced, Unequal and Criminalized – Fighting for the Rights of Migrants in the United States:”

The Department of Homeland Security workplace enforcement wave is focusing, not on low-wage employers, but on high-wage, and often unionized ones. There is a long history of anti-union animus among immigration authorities. Agents […]


Regulations for amended Longshore Act to take effect this month

Regulations are set to take effect this month for a rule under the U.S. Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act that excludes most workers who maintain or repair recreational boats and watercraft.

An amendment under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 excluded laborers who repair or dismantle any recreational water vessel from coverage […]


Labor officials accuse Cargill of discrimination in Ark., move to cut off federal contracts

The Washington Post reported earlier this month:

The U.S. Labor Department claims Cargill Meat Solutions discriminated against more than 4,000 qualified people who applied for entry-level jobs at the company’s plant in Springdale, Ark., with women less likely to be hired and Asians and Pacific Islanders unfairly favored over other races.

Federal officials said Tuesday […]


Juneau longshoremen’s union pickets cruise ships

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union is set to picket today [8/28] over non-use of their union members by many of the major cruise ship companies that visit Juneau and other parts of Alaska.

“Basically there is an immigration law that basically defines U.S. longshore work when foreign hulled vessels are in U.S. waters,” Alaska […]


Cost of U.S. Imported Goods Rises More Than Estimated on Food, Fuel Prices

Prices of goods imported into the U.S. rose more than forecast in April as a slumping dollar and growing economies overseas pushed up the cost of fuel and food.

Today’s [U.S. Department of Labor] report showed the cost of goods from China rose 0.4 percent, while those from Japan were increased 0.3 percent. Goods from […]


OSHA cites Columbia Grain in MT for workplace safety and health violations

Columbia Grain, Choteau, Montana

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Columbia Grain Inc. in Choteau, MT, with two repeat and six serious violations for hazardous conditions found during a general scheduled inspection of the grain handling facility. OSHA has proposed fines totaling $60,390.

“Columbia Grain failed to provide […]