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

25 Jul 2014
A year-long contract dispute between United Grain Corp. and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union effectively shut down export operations at the Vancouver, Wash., facility this month following a decision by the governor of Washington to withdraw state trooper escorts for grain inspectors.
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.
07 Jul 2014
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has updated its guidelines for ship and cargo contingency plans in the event of any West Coast port disruption arising from longshore labor union contract negotiations.
07 Jul 2014
A threat by the Teamsters union to launch a strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach got off to a slow start today as truck drivers were passing out informational flyers in the harbor, but were not setting up picket lines.
06 Jul 2014
With no contract in place and a tradition of bucking its leadership to make a point, Southern California members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union may choose to honor Teamsters’ pickets on July 7 despite a pledge by its leadership in San Francisco that “cargo will keep moving” on the U.S. West Coast.
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.

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.