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.

International Longshore and Warehouse Union donates $20,000 to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, expressing sadness about the devastation and hope for rebuilding, has donated $20,000 to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

In a letter sent to the United Way Relief Fund on August 31, the union’s top elected officers wrote, “It is an absolute tragedy that so many families have […]


Merkley harshly criticizes ‘white nationalist’ Bannon’s appointment to Trump White House

Longtime friend of the ILWU, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), right, in a previously published photo with (L-R) ILWU International President Robert McEllrath, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), ILWU International Vice President (Hawaii) Wesley Furtado, and ILWU Local 8 member Jeff Smith. Photo by ILWU Local 40 member Dawn Des Brisay.

From KPTV:

Senator […]


Hawaii Governor appoints ILWU VP Wesley Furtado to Land and Natural Resources board

Excerpts from a Miami Herald article titled ‘Abercrombie appoints tourism, land board members’:

Wesley Furtado, ILWU International Vice President for Hawai’i

Gov. Neil Abercrombie is appointing two Oahu executives to state boards.

Kailua resident Wesley Furtado is being appointed to serve on the Board of Land and Natural Resources.

The Abercrombie administration said Monday Furtado […]


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, […]


Panama Canal Pilots Affiliate With ILWU

ILWU International President Robert McEllrath and Panama Canal Pilots Union officer Capt. Rainiero Salas view the ILWU logo at the 2012 ILWU Convention in San Diego, June 2012. Panama has been included in the logo in solidarity with the U.S. and Canada with the new affiliation of the Panama Pilots union with the ILWU. […]


ILWU Pensioners meeting results in message to Congress: ‘Leave Social Security alone’

This article was published in the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter, Winter 2010. Photos of the PCPA convention by Lewis Wright, ILWU Local 63 pensioner.

Will Social Security be there for all of us when we retire? Has the fund been raided and is now broke? Will we have to wait until we’re 70 before we […]


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

VIA FACSIMILE: 202-225-4188 (and First Class Mail)

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 […]


Estimado Presidente Barack Obama: Salvemos la democracia, salvemos SINTRAJAP

22 de abril de 2010

Honorable Sr. Barack Obama Presidente de los Estados Unidos de América La Casa Blanca 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 20500

Sr. Presidente Obama:

Me tomo la libertad de dirigirme a usted sobre un asunto que es motivo de gran inquietud para el Sindicato Internacional de Trabajadores Portuarios y Almacenistas (ILWU) […]


ILWU President McEllrath urges President Obama to take immediate action to stop attack on Costa Rican dockers

“You cannot promote trade agreements in the Western Hemisphere as mechanisms to encourage countries to provide enforceable labor standards and at the same time stand idly by while the Costa Rican Government ousts the democratically elected leadership of a union, freezes its bank accounts, and militarizes the ports in the build up to […]