Jobs, Training & Apprenticeships

NOTHING is open to the general public. 

All jobs, training, and apprenticeship information contained on these pages is strictly for registered ACTIVE longshore workers (Members and Casuals).

New hires are only taken in during a recruitment drive.  These drives occur once every few years.  NOT CURRENTLY.  We will post information regarding recruitment as it becomes available.  Do not phone the office asking when the next recruitment drive will take place.  We do not have that information.  Check back regularly for updates.


All job postings, including new jobs, rotations, lines, gang, category increases, trainer jobs etc., close on Thursdays at 3:00 pm — no exceptions.

To apply for any of the posted jobs you must complete a “Job Posting Form” in the Union office prior to the closing deadline.

HOWEVER, during COVID, applications for jobs are done over the phone to the Union office, 604.254.7131.

The M&G Committee is responsible for posting and filling all jobs (except Trainer jobs).  Any questions should be directed to the Committee.

The Vice President is responsible for posting and filling Trainer jobs.


Break Bulk Labour Program Training is ongoing.  There is no closing date.

You may only apply for training if there is a posting open.  Training postings also close on Thursdays at 3:00 pm.  The Vice President is responsible for all training and any queries should be directed to him.

During COVID, applications for training are done over the phone to the Union office, 604.254.7131.

Site Specific Training

(Labour Training at Centerm, Western, Vanterm, Best Foot Forward at KM, etc.)
You may only apply for Site Specific Training at the Despatch Hall with the Despatch Coordinators.  There is no sign up at the Union office.  Questions may be directed to the Vice President.


There is a joint ILWU/BCMEA Apprenticeship Program in place.  Only registered ACTIVE longshore workers (Members or Casuals) are eligible to apply for postings when they are open.  We DO NOT hire apprentices from outside the Industry.

The following are the ONLY open postings (Jobs, Training, Apprenticeship) at the current time (solely open to Active, registered Longshore workers):

Feb 12 @ 8:00 am – Dec 31 @ 12:00 pm
8:00 am
TRAINING IS ONGOING – THERE IS NO CLOSING DATE This is Safety Training for people who want to work down below on steel. Steel Agreement Structure will be replaced with this Training Open to “C” Board and below for sign … Continue reading
8:00 am
Please click below to view the training bulletin Training – Surf Capable-Lift Truck – closing October 28, 2021 @ 3:00 pm
8:00 am
(APPLY OVER THE PHONE) Rotation Posting Closing Thursday, November 4, 2021 @ 3:00 pm
12:00 pm
CALL INTO THE UNION OFFICE TO APPLY – 604.254.7131 Click below to view the posting: JOBS Posting closes Thursday, October 28, 2021 @ 3:00 PM   LYNN EAST (WESTERN) 5 Lift Truck Drivers CENTERM (DP WORLD) 1 Electrician (Cranee Shop) … Continue reading
12:00 pm
Regular Lines Posting closing Thursday, November 4, 2021 @ 3:00 pm One (1) Position to Replace: Iqbal Sandhu #32052