West Coast Labor Disputes

West Coast Labor Disputes

Relations between members of the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union and waterfront employers on the U.S. West Coast have heated up over the past couple years, with protests and other actions in the Pacific Northwest and at ports in California.

The two parties are currently in negotiations for a new contract to replace the one slated to expire on June 30, 2014. For our continuing coverage of the negotiations, visit our ILWU Labor Negotiations page.

Special Coverage

Negotiations are underway for a new contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and employers represented by the Pacific Maritime Association. This JOC resource provides answers to common questions regarding the negotiations and their potential impact.

News & Analysis

19 Jul 2014
Contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association will resume on Wednesday after a recess Monday and Tuesday for a previously scheduled longshore division caucus.
Sisyphus
11 Jul 2014
Events this past week demonstrate that the Teamsters union remains dead serious about organizing harbor truck drivers, but also highlight the uphill battle the union faces.
10 Jul 2014
The Teamsters union today promised to turn up the heat on trucking companies and marine terminals in Los Angeles-Long Beach harbor, although their efforts did not affect cargo-handling and gate operations in the nation’s largest port complex.
09 Jul 2014
In the article titled “Teamsters initiate labor action at LA-Long Beach in midst of longshore talks,” published on July 6, a quote drawn from a tweet was misattributed to a longshoremen.
APL terminal file photo
08 Jul 2014
International Longshore and Warehouse Union longshoremen in Southern California walked off their jobs about 9 a.m. at Evergreen and APL terminals in the Port of Los Angeles today.
07 Jul 2014
Cargo-handling and gate operations at marine terminals in Los Angeles-Long Beach continued without interruption today despite threats by the Teamsters union to initiate an “indefinite strike” against three trucking companies that serve the United States’ largest port complex.

Commentary

Although port labor strikes are anything but a recent phenomenon, the recent pace of strikes is quickening in response to escalating economic changes worldwide.