This is the homepage of the Local #4 International Longshore and Warehouse Union,
which represents Longshore workers in Vancouver, WA U.S.A.
Since 1937 ILWU members have been providing skilled labor to the Port
of Vancouver and to other northwest ports for the purpose of loading and un-loading
cargo for all destinations world wide. Local 4 was chartered with the ILWU on
September the 20th 1937.
In local 4 currently there are 117 class A-registered Longshore workers
along with 60 class B-registered and about 109 casual part time dockworkers.
That provides dockside and shoreside service to the waterfront. The local is
third in membership size on the Columbia River and seventh coastwide.
Annually, longshoremen handle over 400 ocean-going vessels, as well
as river barges, with a total cargo volume exceeding 5 million metric tons.
United Grain Corporation is the largest wheat exporting elevator on the U.S.
West Coast and local 4’s biggest employer. The elevator, originally built
in 1934, is among the most efficient handlers of grain in the world.