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.

Egypt Opposes U.S.’s Democracy Funding

Egypt's minister for international cooperation, Fayza Aboul Naga, said the USAID's actions violate Egyptian sovereignty.

“I am not sure at this stage we still need somebody to tell us what is or is not good for us—or worse, to force it on us,” Fayza Aboul Naga, who has been Egypt’s minister for planning and […]


Follow the Money: The Cost of the War on Terror

Broken down individually, the government has spent $806 billion for Iraq, $444 billion for Afghanistan, $29 billion for enhanced security and $6 billion on “unallocated” items. The vast majority of all the money appropriated has gone to the Department of Defense. … Only $8 billion (or 1 percent) went to veterans’ care, via the […]


American USAID contractor found guilty in Cuba

Cuba experts have said Havana hoped to use Gross's case to shine a light on the USAID's nefarious democracy-building programs.

A Cuban court on Saturday found U.S. contractor Alan Gross guilty of crimes against the state and sentenced him to 15 years in prison. … The court said prosecutors had proved their case that […]


Study says US wasted billions in Iraq, Afghanistan

Security contractor in Iraq

Corruption and waste has cost the US government billions of reconstruction dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to an official study on wartime contracting released on Thursday.

The report found that “criminal behavior and blatant corruption” were responsible for much of the waste related to the nearly $200 billion spent […]


USAID signs development partnership with Chile

USAID and Chilean officials have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to pursue joint development cooperation. The two nations have also signed a trilateral agreement to help the Government of Paraguay strengthen its capacity in customs administration, export promotion and support to farmers.

“This Agreement is yet another step in advancing the Obama Administration’s commitment to […]


Peru ministry, US embassy team up

Callao dockworkers have been fighting to regain their collective bargaining rights.

[NOTE: Peru is one of several Latin American countries in which dockworkers are fighting abuse by global terminal operators and their own governments. The ILWU Coast Longshore Division recently supported Callao dockworkers during their 3-week strike to regain their collective bargaining rights.]

Peruvian […]


The fight for union autonomy and workers’ rights in Latin America

Coast Longshore Division supports dockworkers and their unions

Published in the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter, Winter 2010 issue.

In the past year, the Coast Committee has become increasingly involved in regional solidarity through direct support of dockworkers in Latin America. Latin American dockworkers are seeing the social contracts that they have with their governments systematically […]


Venezuela: WikiLeaks confirms US plans against Chavez

A fair portion of the more than 1600 United States State Department documents WikiLeaks had published by mid-December show that the State Department has used its funding agencies, USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), to channel millions of dollars annually to anti-Chavez NGOs, political parties, journalists and media organisations in Venezuela.

Washington has […]


Bolivian president Evo Morales: USAID works against our government

Bolivian President Evo Morales has been an elected union officer since 1988.

Wikileaks has released a confidential Feb. 19, 2008 cable in which the State Department reveals Morales’ concerns about USAID:

Bolivian President Evo Morales threatened to show USAID the door if it continues undermining his administration. As proof, Morales provided the example of […]