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

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.
20 Mar 2014
A warning by the president of Port Metro Vancouver to striking truckers to report to work today or risk losing the license that allows them to perform harbor work did not have the desired effect.
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13 Mar 2014
The Toy Industry Association is advising its members to make contingency plans for their summer-fall shipments...
12 Mar 2014
Canadian National Railway told forest product shippers that the ongoing truck strike at the Port Metro Vancouver is preventing the railroad from taking all of their lumber and pulp carload shipments for transloading into containers.
Port Metro Vancouver
11 Mar 2014
The trucking environment in Vancouver is turning uglier by the day, with drivers who dare to work at the Canadian port facing retribution from striking drivers, and cargo diversion already becoming a reality.
Port Metro Vancouver
10 Mar 2014
Truck drivers at Port Metro Vancouver carried out their threat to go on strike to protest extensive delays at marine terminals that the truckers say are making their economic situation intolerable.

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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.