The International Longshore and Warehouse
Union (ILWU) primarily represents dock workers on the West Coast of the United States.
The union was established in 1937 and the Los Angeles Chapter, Local 13, was established
shortly thereafter. The collection documents the establishment and development of the
local as well as many of the goals and achievements of unionism on the Pacific Coast.
Topics of interest include labor/management relations, labor conditions on the
waterfront, the sudden effects of mechanization on the longshore labor force, and the
day-to-day administration of this longshore union.
In 1892, members of the longshore union met in Detroit, Michigan to christen their
organization as the National Longshoremen's Association of the United States. The
new union quickly became an official arm of the trade unionist movement by joining with
the American Federation of Labor (AFL). With successful expansion into ports on the east
and west coasts, including several Canadian ports by 1895, the union changed its name to
the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA).
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