Panama Pilots Affiliate With ILWU | Journal of Commerce
Union says pact aimed at meeting globalization with global labor ties

The 250-member Panama Canal Pilots Union will affiliate with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, extending the reach of the powerful West Coast dockworkers’ union to Panama three years before the canal is scheduled to complete its massive expansion project.

The ILWU announced the historic partnership Thursday at an executive board meeting in San Francisco.

The agreement comes as ILWU actions against a relatively small grain terminal operation in the Pacific Northwest are drawing major attention, and it brings the ILWU closer to the longer-term questions surrounding the potential impact of the larger Panama Canal on trade flows.