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.

19 Jun 2017
ILWU expected to vote on contract extension after local informational meetings are completed.
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
19 Aug 2015
The past year was not good for importers and exporters that ship through the U.S. West Coast as they endured horrendous port congestion due to labor slowdowns and employer retaliation. But it was a great year for registered members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union who enjoyed their largest increase in average annual earnings in a decade.
17 Aug 2015
The Pacific Maritime Association sees the medical provisions of the new International Longshore and Warehouse Union contract as a win-win proposition for both parties.
06 Aug 2015
Tyson Foods was forced to redirect beef exports to alternative markets and sell them at lower prices during the recent U.S. West Coast port congestion, CEO Donald J. Smith told analysts.
24 Jul 2015
Two months after the International Longshore and Warehouse Union contract was approved by the membership of the union and the Pacific Maritime Association, the Port of Oakland is a mess, with an acute shortage of labor causing extensive delays for truckers and shippers, resulting in cargo diversions to Southern California.
20 Jul 2015
A recently-launched Federal Maritime Commission Section 15 investigation of a terminal operators discussion agreement could have a chilling effect on the mandatory inspection of chassis by International Longshore and Warehouse Union mechanics at West Coast ports.
17 Jul 2015
A union representing machinists is challenging the Long Beach Harbor Commission over a requirement that maintenance and repair work associated with the port’s proposed peak-season chassis pool be performed by International Longshore and Warehouse Union mechanics.
17 Jul 2015
TRAC Intermodal, one of the largest chassis-leasing companies on the West Coast, threw a monkey wrench into a controversial clause in the new International Longshore and Warehouse Union contract by refusing to pay for mandatory roadability inspections by the union.
09 Jul 2015
A ruling by the National Labor Relations Board in a jurisdictional dispute between the West Coast longshoremen and a union representing machinists could result in a number of job gains and millions of dollars in back wages and benefits for the latter if it is upheld on appeal.