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.

Big Grain Companies Reap Profits As Global Food Prices Soar And Poor Go Hungry

Global food prices spiked 10 percent in July, following unprecedented summer droughts and record high temperatures that devastated agricultural production in the U.S. and Eastern Europe, putting millions of people at risk of starvation in developing parts of the world that are dependent on food imports.

“Countries in the Middle East and North and Sub-Saharan […]


Obama Trade Document Leaked, Revealing New Corporate Powers And Broken Campaign Promises

Text published recently at the Huffington Post:

A 2006 study found that El Salvador’s San Sebastian River contains 100,000 times more acid than uncontaminated bodies of water in the same region and levels of poisonous cyanide more than 10 times higher than the maximum allowed by the World Health Organization. In 2006 the Salvadoran […]


The Advent of 'Democracy' in Egypt

This London School of Economics and Political Science article exposes the U.S. government’s role in the poor living conditions that led to the Egyptian uprising last year:

When [Egyptian workers and activists] took to the streets last year it was not only against tyranny and political repression, but also against the neoliberal economic order – […]


ICTSI port operations wow EU ambassadors

Manila International Container Terminal (MICT)

Officials of the Bureau of Customs recently said the European Union has been strongly supportive by extending trade-related technical assistance to the bureau.

Customs Commissioner Angelito Alvarez said 10 EU ambassadors who joined a recent port tour were impressed by the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), the flagship project […]


World Bank’s IFC finances new Brazil container dock

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s private-sector lender, has arranged nearly $600 million in loans for a new container terminal that will raise capacity at Brazil’s largest port.

The IFC will provide $97 million to Brasil Terminal Portuario S.A. (BTP), a joint venture that will develop and operate the new terminal that […]


Latin America sambas to new Chinese beat

Colombia's proposed "dry canal" proposal with China has focused attention of how U.S. demands of free trade and privatization have impacted Latin American countries.

For 30 years, Washington has been shopping a trade-not-aid based economic diplomacy across Latin America and beyond. According to what is generally known as the “Washington consensus”, the US has […]


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 […]


Presidente Mauricio Funes participa en Inauguración del Nuevo Puerto de La Unión

[English summary: The President of El Salvador helped inaugurate the Port of La Unión, which along with the Port of Acajutla, is set to be up for bid to private terminal operators. Investments and consultation on the privatization of the ports has come from the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation and the Japan Bank for […]


La Union, Acajutla ports should operate as single unit – APM Terminals – El Salvador

El Salvador's ports of Acajutla and La Union, are among several Latin American ports in privatization's crosshairs with the help of the World bank.

El Salvador’s Acajutla and La Union ports should be concessioned as a single unit, according to Dutch company APM Terminals’regional manager for Latin America, Henrik Pedersen. If the two terminals […]


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 […]


ILWU Coast Longshore Division supports Costa Rican dockers in nationwide ad

This 2-page ad supporting SINTRAJAP ran in Sunday's edition of La Nación.

Sunday’s issue of La Nación in Costa Rica sent a clear message from the ILWU Coast Longshore Division: That longshore workers worldwide are loyal to one another, and the ongoing abuse of the Costa Rican dockers’ union SINTRAJAP will not be tolerated. […]