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August 11, 1937

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The membership of the Pacific Coast district of the International Longshoremen’s Association – with the exception of three locals in the Northwest – votes to disaffiliate and forms the International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union. The ILWU today represents over 59,000 workers primarily on the West Coast of the United States, Hawaii, and Alaska.

May 21, 1945

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The Hawaii legislature passes the Hawaii Employee Relations Act (popularly known as the “Little Wagner Act”), extending collective bargaining rights to agricultural workers.  Passage of the act led to massive and successful organizing drives by the International Longshore & Warehouse Union on Hawaii’s sugar and pineapple plantations.

April 24, 1999

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The International Longshore and Warehouse Union close all ports on the West Coast in solidarity with a national day of protest to free Mumia Abu-Jamal, an activist and journalist who was on death row in Pennsylvania at the time.

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