Message from Local 63 President Paul Trani:

“When I took office in January of 2016, I joined in a fight already in progress with ILWU Local 13 and ILWU Local 94 to protect our jobs from future automation. Over a year ago,, foreign companies were looking for a free handout hiding behind the clean air act. We all agree clean air is important, but to allocate our tax monies to foreign companies, and give them a window of opportunity to purchase automation is completely wrong. So, I am proud to report that Assembly Bill (AB) 134 has been signed into law, and for the first time in history, it allocates the $140 million to ports with our worker protection language. All three Locals, in conjunction with the International and Coast, have been heavily involved in protecting our jobs from future automation. We have met many times with local Government officials as well as personally taking this message to the halls of the state capital in Sacramento.

The below language was drafted by all three locals, and although it took on great opposition from PMSA, Cal Chamber, TechNet, CA manufactures and Technology Association we stood our ground and insisted on keeping this language to protect our jobs. The opposition didn’t stop there. It was heavily debated in Sacramento, but thanks to our friends, such as Senator Lara who spoke in favor of AB 134, he and others were instrumental in our victory. This is a great example of what we can accomplish by standing together and standing strong. This proactive approach paid off as our language is now included and signed into law by Governor Brown in Assembly Bill 134.  Thank you for your continued solidarity on this issue.

Paul Trani, President


Gov. Brown decision means no public funds will be used to ‘green-wash’ job-killing automation

Note: We applaud Governor Brown’s decision to ensure this legislation doesn’t use public funds to “green-wash” job-killing automation. The ILWU Coast Longshore Division worked with ILWU California locals to educate the State Assembly on this important issue.

From an article titled ‘Labour Beats Port Automation’ from Port Technology:

California Gov. Jerry Brown

California Governor Jerry Brown has dealt a blow to the automation industry while attempting to improve both environmental and labour conditions at ports, according to The Sacramento Bee. New California rules hold that environmentally-friendly cargo handling equipment in ports must not be fully automated or remote controlled if it is to be subsidised.

Governor Brown has agreed to put the provision, a concession to powerful unions like the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), into legislation.

The legislation deals with how the state will use funds from an environmental taxation system intended to cut air emissions, Cap-and-Trade.

This includes US$1.5 billion in proceeds from the state’s Cap-and-Trade auctions, some of which had been set aside for electric vehicles.

The funds appropriated in Schedule (2) shall be used

as follows:


Up to $140,000,000 shall be used for the Freight Equipment Advanced Demonstration and Pilot (a) Commercial Deployment Project, including for

projects for ships at birth. Funds available under this subdivision (a) shall not be allocated for the purchase of fully automated cargo handling

equipment. For the purposes of this paragraph, “fully automated” means equipment that is remotely operated or remotely monitored, with or without

the exercise of human intervention or control. This subdivision (a) does not prohibit the use of the funds specified in this subdivision (a) for a

project that includes the purchase of human-operated zero-emission equipment, human-operated near-zero-emission equipment, and infrastructure

supporting that human-operated equipment. Furthermore, this subdivision (a) does not prohibit the purchase of devices that support that human

operated equipment, including equipment to evaluate the utilization and environmental benefits of that human-operated equipment.

Also, click on the following link to watch the video of the discussion on AB 134