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To our members -

On behalf of the ILWU International Titled Officers, welcome to the ILWU COVID-19 Support website.


The ongoing pandemic has affected each and every one of us in many ways. We know this is stressful and overwhelming, especially for those that are ill with COVID-19 or losing their jobs. It is our hope that this website will provide the necessary information and support for our members and their families during this difficult time.


For further questions and support, please contact ILWU International Headquarters at 415-775-0533.


For members of the Coast Longshore Division, please contact your local office for more information.


Be well and stay safe.





Federal Rebates:

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides for a one-time payment to individuals and families in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. Here is what they offer:

  • Individuals: up to $1,200

  • Married couples: up to $2,400

  • Families with children: $500 per child

  • Eligibility requirements:

    • Individuals: $75,000 or less annual income

    • Married Couples: $150,000 or less annual income

    • Heads of Household: $112,500 or less annual income

    • **The payment is reduced for those with incomes between $75,000 and $99,000 ($150,000 and $198,000 for married couples and $112,500 and $146,500 for heads of household) and eliminated above those income levels.

    • Taxpayers are required to have Social Security Numbers to receive the benefit. Payments will be delivered automatically.

Federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave: 


Federal Paid Family Leave: 
  • The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act also provides for 12 weeks of job-protected leave for employees to take care of a minor child in the event of the closure of the child’s school or place of childcare. The 12 weeks of job-protected leave includes two weeks of unpaid leave, followed by 10 weeks of paid leave at two-thirds the employee’s usual pay. Employees can overlap the first two unpaid weeks with two weeks of emergency paid sick leave. Eligible employees are those at companies with fewer than 500 employees, local, state, and government employees, and employees who work under a multiemployer collective agreement. For more information on Employee rights see:


Special rules for retirement defined contribution plan withdrawals: 
  • If you need to withdraw money from your retirement fund for coronavirus-related purposes, you may be able to withdraw up to $100,000 of distributions that you made on or after January 1, 2020 without being subject to the 10 percent early withdrawal tax. The income from such withdrawal is subject to tax over three years and you may recontribute these funds to an eligible retirement plan within three years without counting toward that year’s cap on contributions.


Temporary Waiver of Required Minimum Distribution Rules: 
  • Certain defined contribution plans and Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) require a minimum distribution from the plans and accounts when individuals reach age 72. Given the market downturn associated with COVID-19, required minimum distributions for 2020 are waived, allowing individuals to keep funds in their retirement plans.


  • There is a temporary one-year charitable tax deduction of up to $300 that is available to taxpayers who claim the standard deduction when filing taxes.

  • Enhanced charitable deduction for taxpayers who itemize: Individuals who itemize their taxes are now able to deduct up to 100% of their charitable contributions in 2020, rather than the usual 50% limitation.

  • Federal tax payment deadline extension: The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service has extended the filing deadline to July 15, 2020.


  • Prohibition of foreclosures on all federally-backed mortgage loansThe Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides up to 180 days of forbearance for borrowers of a federally-backed mortgage loan who have experienced a financial hardship related to COVID-19. Applicable mortgages included those purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, insured by HUD, VA, or USDA, or directly made by USDA. This prohibition ends on the termination date of the COVID-19 national emergency period (?) or December 31, 2020, whichever comes earlier.

  • Renter protections: Through July 25, 2020, landlords with mortgages that are insured, guaranteed, supplemented, or protected in any way by HUD, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the rural housing voucher program, or the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 are prohibited from initiating legal action to recover possession of a rental unit or to charge fees, penalties, or other charges to the tenant related to nonpayment of rent.

  • Credit protections: Furnishers to credit reporting agencies who agree to account forbearance, or agree to modified payments for an obligation or account of a consumer that has been impacted by COVID-19 are required to report such obligation or account as “current.” This only applies to accounts where the consumer has fulfilled the forbearance or modified payment agreement requirements. This credit protection is available beginning January 31, 2020 and ends 120 days after the COVID-19 national emergency declaration is terminated.


There are a number of ways to support local communities and ILWU members during this crisis. In addition to state-specific opportunities to volunteer or donate, a number of ILWU members have created fundraisers for their workplaces & coworkers. Please consider supporting fellow ILWU members as we all grapple with the economic and health impacts of COVID-19. 



  • ILWU Local 5 has a Union Hardship Fund for its members who have been impacted by COVID-19 closures. 

  • Donations and volunteers: drop off personal protective equipment, sign up for other donation and volunteer opportunities with Multnomah County and the City of Portland’s Joint Volunteer Information Center.


  • Tartine Bakery workers, who recently voted to join ILWU Local 6, have created a Union Hardship Fund to support workers who have been laid off during this pandemic.  ​

    • Tartine Union is also accepting donations via its Venmo account, @Tartine-Union​


  • Sign a petition demanding hazard pay and safety precautions for veterinary workers. Veterinary workers at hospitals up & down the west coast have voted to join the ILWU over the past two years. These essential workers deserve to be safe on the job and adequately compensated for their efforts to keep our pets safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.



Contact your local organizer

International Headquarters

  • Washington/Alaska Organizer: Jon Brier


    • 206-851-7177

  • Oregon Organizer: Ryan Takas


  • General questions: Ryan Dowling, Organizing Director 


    • 503-704-8234

  • Website issues or feedback: Bridget Wack, Researcher


    • 415-699-3972

1188 Franklin Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94109-6800

phone: 415.775.0533
fax: 415.775.1302


Please be advised that due to the U.S. being in a state of emergency, laws and associated enforcement procedures are rapidly changing. This webpage and its contents do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind our members or the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies. But because laws and legal procedures are subject to frequent change and differing interpretations, International Longshore and Warehouse Union cannot ensure the information on this page is current nor is ILWU responsible for any use to which it is put. Do not rely on this information without consulting the appropriate agency or an attorney about your rights in your particular situation.