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

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.
Weekly wrap-up for July 5, 2014
05 Jul 2014
Events on the U.S. West Coast dominated the news this past week, as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association continued negotiations toward a new contract.
TraPac in LA
02 Jul 2014
Longshoremen are “hard-timing” the TraPac terminal at the Port of Los Angeles, in other words working much slower than normal.
17 Jun 2014
Truck drivers in Vancouver who suspect that they are being paid less than the minimum rate established by the government can now voice their complaints via a hotline established by the port authority and the British Columbia transportation ministry.
13 Jun 2014
The Canadian government is contributing C$3 million to a new project that aims to reduce trucker wait times at Port Metro Vancouver.
Hanjin vessels at Port of Portland
04 Jun 2014
Either Portland has a bright future as a niche container port in the Pacific Northwest, or it will watch much of its business migrate to other ports in the region, depending upon how the International Longshore and Warehouse Union addresses the port’s flagging productivity.

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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.