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March 30, 2020 UPDATE: If you are not sure who your Business Agent (BA) is but need to contact him or her directly, click HERE for an alphabetical list of ILWU companies. Find your company—and your BA’s name will be listed next to the company name.

•  Coronavirus and COVID-19 Information

Click the link above to for information about health information, getting help with problems caused by the crisis, links to explanations of federal resources by Hawaii U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, and more.


•  How to file for Unemployment Insurance benefits with the State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR).

Click the link above to file for unemployment with the Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, get more information, or read frequently asked questions from ILWU members about unemployment insurance. We will be adding more questions and answers to the FAQ as we receive them.

APRIL 9, 2020 UPDATE—As of April 9, 2020, the ILWU recommends that members who are on TEMPORARY layoff use the old method to fill out their initial claim, rather than the new webform. The old method will give you the option to chose “Temp. Layoff Partial Claim” under “Reason for Separation.”

A detailed explanation, as well as steps for using the old form are provided on the “What You Need to Know When Filing for Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits” page.

March 31, 2020 UPDATE—Maui Division has set up a “by appointment only” station in Lahaina to help ILWU members apply for unemployment benefits. Call the Wailuku office at (808) 244-9191 to make an appointment first, and the Division will assign a Business Agent to help you. Do not go to the Lahaina office without making an appointment.


•  Check your Medical Coverage options.

Click the link above for more information on your options if you have been laid off and forced off your medical plan.


Taking Care of Your Health

Click on the link above for information on healthcare, your medical plan providers, and more.


Find Public and Community Resources: Nutrition Assistance, Food Stamps, and More


Finances, Housing, Taxes, and Managing Your Money


Proclamations, Policies, Laws, Regulations, Calendars: Changes You Should Know About


• The ILWU Useful Information Booklets provide facts on unemployment insurance, employment and training, financial assistance and food stamps, medical coverage, Social Security, and adult education.

Hawaii Division Useful Information Booklet
Maui Division Useful Information Booklet
Kauai Division Useful Information Booklet
Oahu Division Useful Information Booklet

Hawaii Longshore Division members can download the booklet for the island on which they live.

Disclaimer: The information in the booklet contains standard procedures and resources. Please be aware that during the coronavirus crisis some of those procedures and resources may change. For example, the one-week waiting period before receiving unemployment benefits is currently waived, and the requirement to search for three jobs weekly has been suspended.


•  The ILWU is here for you. If you have any questions, concerns, or issues at work please contact your Business Agent or your Division right away.

March 30, 2020 UPDATE—If you are not sure who your Business Agent (BA) is but need to contact him or her directly, click HERE for an alphabetical list of ILWU companies. Find your company—and your BA’s name will be listed next to the company name.

Contact ILWU Hawaii Division
Contact ILWU Maui Division
Contact ILWU Kauai Division
Contact ILWU Oahu Division
Contact ILWU Hawaii Longshore Division

Information Members Can Use During the COVID-19 Crisis

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