Presidential candidates meet ILWU Executive Board

Candidate interviews: The ILWU International Executive Board met with Senators Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren at the meeting on August 23 in San Francisco. Invitations were extended to all of the candidates running for the Democratic nomination. Additional candidates are invited to the December Board meeting. Three top contenders running for U.S. President … Read morePresidential candidates meet ILWU Executive Board

ILWU Canada honors the 84th anniversary of the Battle of Ballantyne Pier

Three generations honor Ballantyne struggle: from left to right, Skip Anderson (Local 514), Ricky Anderson (Local 500), Brock Anderson (Local 502),and Brian Anderson (Local 514). On June 18th, over 40 ILWU members, pensioners, and supporters gathered at the Ballantyne memorial at New Brighton Park in Vancouver, BC to commemorate the 84th anniversary of the Battle … Read moreILWU Canada honors the 84th anniversary of the Battle of Ballantyne Pier

Long game strategy yields big gain for Bellingham port workers

Negotiating committee: (From left to right) Tony Flaherty, BrysonTripp and Nick Erb. ILWU Local 7 Clerical workers at the Port of Bellingham have ratified a three-year contract that covers receptionists, clerks, accountants, secretaries, and operation specialists who work at Bellingham’s seaside port facilities and nearby airport until 2022. The Negotiating Committee was composed of veterans … Read moreLong game strategy yields big gain for Bellingham port workers

IBU Members Win Strike at Alaska Marine Highway System

Taking action: IBU members picketed the MV COLUMBIA in Ketchikan in late July. IBU workers on the Columbia, Flagship of the Alaska Marine Highway System fleet, were the first to strike this month – and the first to strike 42 years ago when the IBU was forced out in 1977. By late 2018, the Inlandboatmen’s … Read moreIBU Members Win Strike at Alaska Marine Highway System

Book Review: A History of America in Ten Strikes by Erik Loomis, The New Press (2018)

The assault on American workers by employers, government and the courts has increased recently, making it more difficult to organize and negotiate contracts, At the same time, sympathy toward unions from the general public has also increased – along with growing support for some strikes. The Supreme Court’s ruling in Janus v. AFSCME makes it … Read moreBook Review: A History of America in Ten Strikes by Erik Loomis, The New Press (2018)

ILWU honorary member Paul Robeson memorialized at Rutgers University

New friends: Kendall Hall is head of the Rutgers African American Alumni Alliance.She contacted the ILWU to support the initiative. The ILWU contributed to thePaul Robeson Plaza memorial and International President Willie Adams sent Local10 Pensioner Lawrence Thibeaux to attend the dedication. “I’m so grateful for thechance to meet Lawrence and learn more about the … Read moreILWU honorary member Paul Robeson memorialized at Rutgers University

Workers win organizing victory at Pier 80 in San Francisco

Proof in hand: Austin Vann, whoworks at Pier 80 in San Francisco, holdsthe official NLRB document showinga majority of co-workers voted to jointhe ILWU. Workers who prepare and process Tesla vehicles on San Francisco’s Pier 80 for shipment to Asia voted to join the ILWU in an election held on May 29 and certified by … Read moreWorkers win organizing victory at Pier 80 in San Francisco

ILWU Canada longshore workers reach tentative contract agreement

Tentative Agreement: ILWU Canada longshore workers reached a tentative agreement with the British Columbia Maritime Employers’ Association after a brief lockout on May 30. The agreement will be now be sent to the ILWU Canada longshore locals for discussion and a ratification vote. Eighteen months of difficult negotiations concluded on May 30 with a tentative … Read moreILWU Canada longshore workers reach tentative contract agreement

Alan Michael Coté: former President of the Inlandboatmen’s Union

More than 100 union members, community leaders, friends and family came from as far as Hawaii, Alaska and Australia to Seattle’s Labor Temple on the evening of May 18 where they remembered and honored their departed brother, Alan Michael Coté, who led the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific for 12 years from 2005-2017. The memorial opened … Read moreAlan Michael Coté: former President of the Inlandboatmen’s Union

Oversight, transparency, and accountability are priorities at Secretary-Treasurers conference

Practical lessons: Maddie King (left) and Jared Hueholt from Local 5 worked on a mock audit of a hypothetical union local. Participants applied the lessons they learned throughout the week in this group exercise. A record 83 ILWU members, officers, and staff who oversee local finances attended the Secretary-Treasurers Conference in Seattle on May 19-24. … Read moreOversight, transparency, and accountability are priorities at Secretary-Treasurers conference

Alaska ferry workers continue fight for Marine Highway System

Organizing in Alaskan waters: Crewmembers on the ferry Columbia, one of 9 vessels operated by the Alaska Marine Highway System, “buttoned-up” on April 5th with the message “Fair Contract Now,” as their ferry traveled from Ketchikan to Bellingham, WA. A few days later on April 8th, members attended an action back in Ketchikan where Alaska’s … Read moreAlaska ferry workers continue fight for Marine Highway System

Longshore Caucus delegates meet in SF

Coast Committee: The members of the Coast Committee were among the 86 delegates for the Longshore Division Caucus which met April 8-12 In San Francisco. Delegates tackled tough issues facing the Division including automation, jurisdiction, and safety. In the top photo (L-R) are ILWU International President Willie Adams and ILWU International Vice President (Mainland) Bobby … Read moreLongshore Caucus delegates meet in SF

ILWU Canada Young Workers’ Conference

We are pleased to announce that ILWU Canada is holding their 4th Biennial Young Workers Conference September 4-6, 2019 in Vancouver, BC.  They have graciously opened participation to ILWU members outside the Canada Area. Local unions or affiliates my nominate participants who are each required to fill out an online application.  Priority will be given … Read moreILWU Canada Young Workers’ Conference

Anchor Steam workers vote overwhelmingly to join ILWU

Victory: Anchor workers celebrated the news that the second bargaining unit at Anchor Public Taps voted to join the ILWU by a 3-1 margin. On March 13, production workers at San Francisco’s Anchor Steam brewery made history by voting to join the ILWU – becoming one of the first craft breweries to go union. The … Read moreAnchor Steam workers vote overwhelmingly to join ILWU

IBU members & communities mobilize to save Alaska’s Marine Highway System

Sending an urgent message to legislators: Ferry customers and community leaders are joining IBU members to talk with legislators at the State Capitol to save Alaska’s Marine Highway System. When the critical public ferries operated by Alaska’s Marine Highway System (AMHS) came under attack this year, the Inlandboatmen’s Union (IBU) – the ILWU’s Marine Division … Read moreIBU members & communities mobilize to save Alaska’s Marine Highway System

Newest automation plan hits a nerve with LA Port communities

Marching for good jobs: Thousands of concerned community leaders and ILWU members signed petitions, marched down San Pedro streets and attended a four-hour Port Commission meeting on March 21 to voice concerns about new automation proposed at Terminal 400. Being one of the nation’s largest and most efficient ports has long been a source of … Read moreNewest automation plan hits a nerve with LA Port communities

Anchor workers organize at craft brewery

Campaign launch: Workers at Anchor Brewing in San Francisco launched their union effort with supporters who visited customers and small businesses on February 7. Anchor is hammering workers with an anti-union campaign before the March 6th union election. Photo by Otto Pippenger Workers who make one of the nation’s best-known craft beers – Anchor Steam … Read moreAnchor workers organize at craft brewery

Fred Pecker: passionate “rebel with a cause” led Local 6 through successful organizing campaigns

Recycling justice: Fred Pecker on the steps of Oakland City Hall at a rally for Alameda County recycling workers. The campaign brought together labor, environmental and religious leaders to transform wages and conditions for East Bayrecycling workers. Fred Pecker, who led Local 6 members through difficult times by helping workers organize, win strikes and fight … Read moreFred Pecker: passionate “rebel with a cause” led Local 6 through successful organizing campaigns

30 ILWU members attend 8th annual ‘Women Build Nations’ conference in Seattle

A record number of rank and- file women attended last year’s “Women Build Nations” conference in Seattle on October 12-14. The annual event aims to support women who are already working or training to become members of 14 different building trade unions that operate in the US and Canada. While not part of the National Association … Read more30 ILWU members attend 8th annual ‘Women Build Nations’ conference in Seattle

Keith Shanklin: Local 34’s first African-American president

Historic election: Keith Shanklin was elected as the first African-American president of ILWU Local 34. Before joining the ILWU as a casual in 1996, Shanklin served in the US Navy. He was stationed on board the aircraft carrier Enterprise during the filming of the movie, “Top Gun” and appears in several scenes. Sitting in his … Read moreKeith Shanklin: Local 34’s first African-American president

ILWU members help LA Teachers win strike to improve public schools

Supporting quality public schools: ILWU members participated in a solidarity campaign organized by the Southern California District Council that helped teachers in LA win a six-day strike for smaller class sizes, more nurses andcounselors, a cap on new private charter schools and greater accountability for existing charters. The community-wide effort involved hundreds of volunteers who … Read moreILWU members help LA Teachers win strike to improve public schools

Dave Arian: former ILWU President and Port Commissioner had radical roots

Remembering our brother Dave Arian: The entire ILWU family mourned the loss of former ILWU President Dave Arian. Dave mentored generations of longshore workers in Southern California and up and down the Coast. He is pictured here addressing a crowd in San Pedro on June 29, 2018. David Arian, a major force in the ILWU … Read moreDave Arian: former ILWU President and Port Commissioner had radical roots

2018 Annual Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies Awards Banquet honors ILWU Local 19 and welcomes a new Bridges Chair

Honoring Local 19: ILWU Local 19 President Rich Austin, Jr. accepted the Robert Duggan Distinguished Supporter Award on behalf of the Local 19 membership. They were given the award for their role in the Jenkins Fellowship and for supporting the Bridges Center and students for three decades. On Sunday, November 11, 2018, over 250 people … Read more2018 Annual Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies Awards Banquet honors ILWU Local 19 and welcomes a new Bridges Chair