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.

ILWU Members from West Coast Ports Travel to Support KEX Grainhandlers

From the ILWU Dispatcher:

Top row, from left to right: Seth Barnhart, Lance Paul, Vince Meyer, Steve Utter Jr., Mark Boultinghouse, Ron Nelson, Alexis Nelson, Micah Brennan, Dustin Satcher, Tom Sager, Brandon Hendrick. Bottom row, from left to right: Mike Boyd, Larry Barnhart, Korbin Utter, Landon Utter, J.J. Burkey, Pat Brennan, Dave Thomas, Colton […]


Commonwealth Club building preserves ILWU history

Honoring longshore history: Bay Area Pensioner President Lawrence Thibeaux and ILWU International Secretary-Treasurer Willie Adams in front of the plaque commemorating the 1934 Waterfront Strike outside of the Commonwealth Club’s new headquarters.

Excerpts from The Dispatcher:

The story begins almost ten years ago when the Commonwealth Club – America’s oldest public affairs forum – […]


Former ILWU home becomes new host to Commonwealth Club

From the SF Examiner:

Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor Jane Kim, former Secretary of State George Shultz, Chief of Protocol Charlotte Shultz and Commonwealth Club Board Chair Richard Rubin were on hand, all touting the group’s mission to promote civil public dialogue, even though it seems to be in short supply these days.

Appropriately, the gleaming […]


Mayor Lee appoints Elaine Forbes as Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco

Elaine Forbes

San Francisco Mayor Mayor Ed Lee has appointed Elaine Forbes as the Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco. Forbes has been Interim Director of the Port since March 2016.

“Our waterfront is a place for all San Francisco residents and diverse communities, businesses and visitors,” said Port Commission President Willie […]


Port of San Francisco welcomes Pasha Automotive Services to Pier 80

The ILWU Local 10 Drill Team performed August 22, 2016 at the inauguration of the Pasha terminal at Pier 80 in San Francisco.

First ship calls to unload automobiles and boats transforming Pier 80 from an underutilized asset to a thriving marine terminal

The Port of San Francisco today welcomed Pasha Automotive Services (PAS), […]


Port of San Francisco welcomes Pasha Automotive Services to Pier 80

From the Port of San Francisco:

The Port and Pasha Automotive Services (PAS) will hold an opening ceremony and media event to inaugurate the transformation of Pier 80 from an underutilized asset to a thriving marine terminal, creating significant economic and employment benefits for San Francisco.

Join us to celebrate the arrival of the […]


San Francisco Port celebration includes ILWU

Loud & proud: ILWU Local 10’s Drill Team was invited by the Port to perform their snappy routine on April 28th.

ILWU members were a prominent part of the Port’s 150th Anniversary celebrations held during the month of April.

Locals 10, 34, 75, and the IBU sponsored the ILWU 1934 and 1948 educational […]


Mayor Ed Lee names longshoreman Willie Adams to Port Commission

Mayor Ed Lee, left, watches as ILWU International Secretary-Treasurer speaks at the podium.

From SF gate:

Mayor Ed Lee on Monday appointed William “Willie” Adams, a former longshoreman and current official in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, to San Francisco’s Port Commission.

Adams spent 24 years as a longshoreman and marine clerk, starting […]


Mayor Lee nominates Willie Adams to San Francisco port commission

ILWU International Secretary-Treasurer Willie Adams

Mayor Edwin M. Lee has nominated William (Willie) E. Adams, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) International Secretary-Treasurer and current San Francisco Film Commissioner, to the Port Commission.

“The San Francisco Port is a vital engine in our City’s economic health, and now with the exciting transformation along our iconic […]


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 members join Dutch dockers in San Francisco to demand return of pension funds

In 2009, ILWU members and Teamsters joined the Dutch dockers union at a demonstration outside of the Transamerica tower in San Francisco’s financial district. The Dutch dockers’ union, known as FNV Bondgenoten, was demanding the return of pension money from the giant multinational company, Aegon, who took the funds by using an accounting trick. After […]