International Longshore and Warehouse Union

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union represents longshoremen at all the West Coast ports, including the ports Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, Portland, Tacoma and Seattle. Its last two contract negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents employers, caused widespread congestion, disruption and cargo diversion.

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Midyear Trucking Report: Is a Rally or Retreat Ahead?
Aug 25, 2016 2:00PM EDT
07 Jul 2016
No significant impact experienced by ports due to "hour of silence" action by dockers.
11 Dec 2015
A fourth employer has reached agreement with the union representing clerical workers at shipping lines and terminal operators in Los Angeles-Long Beach.
09 Dec 2015
The revolutionary arbitration system contained in the new West Coast waterfront contract should significantly reduce the number of dockworker challenges involving technology and automation and will help to foster port growth in the coming years, the president of the Pacific Maritime Association said Tuesday.
17 Nov 2015
In an effort to build upon the momentum of an agreement that was reached earlier this month between three waterfront employers and the West Coast office clerical union, the attorney representing 14 other shipping lines and terminal operators in Los Angeles-Long Beach urged his counterpart to strike similar agreements with the remaining employers.
05 Nov 2015
In an abrupt change of events that could lead to labor peace among office clerical workers in Southern California for the next five years, the president of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit said Thursday he signed individual contracts with three employers, and he has presented the same provisions to the 12 other employers in Los Angeles-Long Beach that have OCU contracts.
02 Nov 2015
Hoping to avoid tumultuous negotiation like in 2010 and with shippers' patience already low, International Longshore and Warehouse Union office clerical workers in Los Angeles-Long Beach are expected to begin negotiations with employers in April — less than three months before the current contract expires.
27 Oct 2015
The labor strife of the past year was so devastating to West Coast ports and their customers that no one, including the dockworkers union, wants that scenario to play out again in the 2019 negotiations, Noel Hacegaba, chief commercial officer at the Port of Long Beach.
21 Oct 2015
The contentious debate over whether West Coast employers and dockworkers have the legal authority to perform safety inspections and repairs on chassis at marine terminals will most likely be resolved by a court, and it will be up to the chassis-leasing companies to initiate the legal action, according to freight forwarders and customs brokers.
20 Oct 2015
Verbal abuse of harbor truck drivers at marine terminals by some members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union continues to happen despite efforts by the ports and the union to end the practice.
02 Oct 2015
The National Labor Relations Board determined that International Longshore and Warehouse Union Locals 8 and 40 in Portland violated federal laws prohibiting secondary boycotts by engaging in work stoppages and slowdowns, and on Wednesday ordered the ILWU to cease and desist from those activities.
21 Sep 2015
The head of the Pacific Maritime Association raised the possibility of a contract extension or an early start to the next round of West Coast longshore contract talks, and said current bargaining practices are “not sustainable.”
01 Sep 2015
After a summer-long buildup of vessels at anchor due to a lengthy labor shortage, the Port of Oakland on Tuesday reported that for the sixth straight day, vessels were not being delayed upon their arrival in port, giving shippers hope that the worst is behind them