ILWU Local 5

Representing workers' rights since 1999

To build and maintain a strong union organization and provide for the defense of our common interests; to promote the general welfare of our members, their families and other wage earners in the community; to organize and uphold the rights and dignity of labor everywhere.

Who We Represent

Powell's Books - Portland, OR - 1999


We represent over 400 booksellers, inventory specialists, cashiers, used and new book buyers, truckers, and warehouse workers across all Powell's locations in the Portland Metro area. Powell's workers founded ILWU Local 5 in 1999, beginning a decades-long campaign for workers' rights!

Oregon Historical Society - Portland, OR - 2017


The Oregon Historical Society Employee Association affiliated first with Local 5 in 2017 and then dissolved their organization and became full members of Local 5 in 2018. We represent about 50 curators, researchers, archivists, librarians, and other museum specialists at OHS.

Aramark, Evergreen State College - Olympia, WA - 2002


The Aramark Food Service Workers at the Evergreen State College first unionized with Local 5 in 2002. We represent just under 50 cooks, bakers, cashiers, and more at the Evergreen State College.

Worker Relief Funds 

Columbia River Veterinary Specialists - Vancouver, WA - 2018


Also among the first veterinary hospitals that voted to unionize on the west coast! We represent about 100 veterinary workers at Columbia River Vetinary Specialists owned by PetVet, including receptionists, kennel caretakers, and certified technicians.

Growing Seeds Learning Community - Portland, OR - 2020


A Portland-owned and Portland original private learning center for small children. Growing Seeds workers voted to unionize in March 2020 and won their election! We represent just under100 teachers, teachers assistants, and cooks at all three Growing Seeds locations.

Our Mission

Wild Lilac Child Development Community - Portland, OR - 2021


Wild Lilac is a preschool located in SE Portland serving children from infancy to 5 years old. Teachers at Wild Lilac voted to join ILWU Local 5 in October 2021 and are excited to join the growing movement of organized early educators in Portland. The Wild Lilac Union includes roughly 25 teachers, mentors, coordinators, and kitchen staff.