In what is probably the most significant development to emerge from more than two years of negotiation between office clerical workers and waterfront employers in Los Angeles-Long Beach, the parties issued a statement Thursday indicating they wish to avoid a strike or lockout.
John Fageaux, lead negotiator for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local [...]
The National Industrial Transportation urged Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to encourage the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance to resume talks on an East and Gulf Coast port labor contract.
The NIT League requested LaHood’s help “in strongly encouraging the two sides to get back to the bargaining table. Only as a last [...]
‘The L.A. and Long Beach ports have diverged significantly this year as the Los Angeles port has posted growth in most months while Long Beach has faltered. Port officials there say the uneven economic recovery has pushed more ocean shipments to bigger players that operate at the Los Angeles port, while smaller carriers that [...]
On Aug. 16, police said they had failed to persuade the strikers to disarm and that it was ‘D-Day’ to end the strike at the London-registered Lonmin PLC platinum mine. That afternoon, striking miners armed with clubs, machetes and at least one gun allegedly charged at police, who opened fire, killing 34 and wounding [...]
Retailers are antsy about the possibility of having to reroute cargo if ports such as Massport, above, close due to a strike.
From the Boston Herald:
A potential strike by longshoremen from Maine to Texas threatens to disrupt retailers’ shipments before the busiest shopping time of the year.
The National Retail Federation Monday called [...]
Grains trader Bunge Ltd has been exporting small quantities of Brazilian corn to the United States this year, and it may export more if drought continues to damage the United States crop.
The company’s vice-president of agribusiness and logistics, Murilo Braz Sant’anna, said Thursday he doesn’t think current differences between a booming Brazilian crop [...]
Workers at the Pakistan International Container Terminal
Despite the plan of global port operator, International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) to increase its share in Pakistan International Container Terminal (PICT) to 55%, Director Aasim A Siddiqui said the multi-million-dollar investment should be seen as a joint venture instead of a takeover.
He also said that [...]
Cargill facility in Bloomington, Illinois
Authorities in central Illinois are working to determine what led to the death of a 48-year-old man after a fall at a Cargill Inc. soybean-processing plant.
Emergency workers brought Michael Burleson to the hospital after responding to a call at the Cargill facility in Bloomington.
Cargill spokesman Mark Klein says [...]
From the Journal of Commerce:
Shipping lines and terminal operators in Los Angeles-Long Beach were breathing a sigh of relief Wednesday morning after office workers and their employers agreed to resume contract negotiations.
As of Tuesday, it appeared likely that the Office Clerical Unit of ILWU Local 63 was preparing to strike.
Carriers and terminal [...]
Rather than pit regions against each other, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell predicts USDOT would endorse projects aiding West Coast ports to increase their Asian trade, while competing against Canada and Mexico.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood chose Seattle’s Harbor Island on Thursday morning to announce creation of a Freight Policy Council. His goal is [...]
A spokesman for ILA Local 1804-1 of confirmed the strike authorization vote was entered late Tuesday. The local represents about 1,200 of the Port of New York and Jersey’s 3,500 longshoremen and consists of maintenance and repair workers, spokesman James McNamara said.
From the Associated Press:
A union representing dock workers at the East [...]
Tropical Storm Isaac
Major grain-trading companies shut down grain elevators in Louisiana to take precautions as Tropical Storm Isaac advanced toward the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) closed four elevators and its port operations in New Orleans, and rival Cargill Inc. said it was working on closing two elevators near the city.
A possible longshoremen’s strike that could cripple the Port of New York and New Jersey and other ports on the Gulf and East Coasts is looming, threatening to idle countless workers and drive up the consumer costs as the holiday season approaches.
Contract talks broke down last Wednesday between the United States Maritime Alliance, which [...]
The ITF affiliate signs agreement with company operating in two ports, including Terminal Maritimo Muelles de Bosque, above.
Colombian port workers, members of the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores del Transporte, reached an agreement on Aug. 2 with Terminal Maritimo Muelles el Bosque, operator of ports in Cartagena de Indias Bay and in Buenaventura, according [...]
Container volumes through the Port of Tacoma jumped 20 percent compared to the same month last year, boosted by the addition of new shipping lines and services, as well as continued strong volumes from established customers.
The Grand Alliance began calling Tacoma’s Washington United Terminals July 2. The consortium includes three of the world’s largest [...]