The International Longshore and Warehouse Union

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union has approximately 42,000 members in over 60 local unions in the states of California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Hawaii. An additional 3,500 members belong to the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific, which constitutes the Union’s Marine Division. Another 14,000 members belong to the autonomous ILWU Canada … (full text about).

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Address: International Longshore and Warehouse Union, AFL-CIO, 1188 Franklin Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA;

Objectives of the ILWU: They are: 

  • First, to unite in one organization, regardless of religion, race, creed, color, sex, political affiliation or nationality, all workers within the jurisdiction of this International;
  • Second, to maintain and improve the wages, hours and working conditions for all of its members without discrimination;
  • Third, to educate the membership of this organization in the history of the American labor movement and in present day labor problems and tactics;
  • Fourth, to secure legislation in the interests of labor and to oppose anti-labor legislation.
  • from the Constitution of the ILWU (June 2, 2005).

The Ten Guiding Principles of the ILWU: … (full text).

History: … (full text).

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