May 11, 2015

We Are ILWU Local 5

Our local is a part of the great ILWU, was formed in 1999 when a brave group of bookstore workers decided to stand up against the inequities of their workplace. Since the Local’s inception, we have collectively struggled to better the lives of our current members, as well as assist those who want to organize their own workplaces. These are the principles by which we govern our Local:


  1. An injury to one is an injury to all.
  2. All rights and duties belong, without discrimination, to each member of this organization as long as the member complies with the constitution and bylaws.
  3. The right of all members to receive a fair and just return for their labor to make possible sufficient leisure for education, recreation, and cultural development.
  4. The right to be treated in a decent and respectful manner by the employer.
  5. To use all possible safety measures in our work so as not to injure sister or brother members; to reduce the hazards of our occupation to a minimum, to fight for improved benefits and to get the maximum benefits for those injured.
  6. To conduct ourselves as union members in such a way as to raise the living standard of all wage earners.
  7. To establish our occupation as an honorable means of earning a decent living.
  8. To organize the unorganized.
  9. To assist other unions whenever possible in resisting attacks on their wages and working conditions and attaining their demands, and to honor legitimate picket lines.
  10. To fight all violations of democracy, to uphold the principle that all have an equal right to employment, to security, and to the leisure necessary to enjoy life.
  11. To engage in political action to the fullest extent of our energies and resources, so that our economic and social gains may be extended, consolidated, and protected.
  12. To educate our membership on their roles and responsibilities as union members towards the working class movement and society.
  13. We are determined to do everything within our power, individually and collectively, to promote the best interests of our members in pursuit of these aims by:


  • Maintaining democratic rank and file control of our union.
  • Establishing permanent affiliations with our international union, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
  • Coordinating our economic and political activities with other trade unions and progressive organizations.
  • Working for unity within the labor movement locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Affirming the right of everyone to a job without discrimination because of race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, or political belief.
  • Asserting our full citizenship in the affairs of our communities, state and nation, in such a manner as to make clear our interests are identical with the interests of the majority of the people.


Upholding everywhere our conviction that the welfare of all humankind depends upon recognition of the dignity of human beings.



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