A Hong Kong-based bulk carrier has been detained in Newcastle following allegations that its crew [...]
The corporate media are reporting that since the Republican leadership and President Obama support Fast Track trade authority, it is a done deal. And that message, also heard by countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is driving the race to finalize that agreement.
The truth is: Fast Track is not a done deal. [...]
[NOTE: Ronaldo Blear has been reelected as Secretary General of dockworkers union SINTRAJAP in Costa Rica for his sixth 2-year term. He represents more than 1,000 union dockworkers and 'will continue defending their union agreement and organization from privatization interests.' For more information on the battle for SINTRAJAP jobs in the face of a massive [...]
The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today called for all-party talks on the future of the port of Rotterdam, as dockers refused to unload a ship loaded at the new Rotterdam Gateway (RWG) terminal. RWG, unlike other companies at the port, refuses to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with port workers, who are represented by [...]
The Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO is urging its affiliates and port councils to oppose an amendment being offered to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline legislation that would repeal a portion of the Jones Act. The overall legislation is being debated on the floor of the U.S. Senate at this time.
“This amendment has no place [...]
On January 8, Indian dockworkers observed Massive Protest Day in all 12 major ports. More than 30,000 dockers in all over India participated and staged massive protest “Dharana” in front of their respective ports.
Under the guidance of Com. S.R. Kulkarni, President of the Transport & Dock Workers’ Union, Mumbai & Com. S.K. Shetye, [...]
Republicans, who now run Congress, say they want to cooperate with President Barack Obama and point to the administration’s Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, as the model. The only problem is that the TPP would be a disaster.
The TPP is a Trojan horse in a global race to the bottom, giving big [...]
From the Associated Press:
A federal mediator is getting involved in stalled contract talks between West Coast dockworkers and their employers.
Political and financial pressure has been building as each side blamed the other for the slow movement of billions of dollars of cargo across the docks at 29 seaports that are a vital trade [...]
Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:
Contract negotiations resumed Monday between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association after the holiday recess, but it appears that no significant progress will be made until both parties agree to compromise on the controversial issue of chassis maintenance and repair.
Until this year, shipping [...]
SAN FRANCISCO (December 29, 2014) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) said today that the PMA member carriers sitting on PMA’s Board of Directors need to come to the negotiating table so that direct and constructive dialogue between key decision makers can take place. “Both sides need the right people in the room [...]
Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:
The national media have hit the issue, but those stories are generally relegated outside the front pages. For most media, particularly TV journalism, the story lost some sparkle once it lost that “man on the street” impact. Most of the public remains unaware of West Coast port congestion.
Excerpts from the Associated Press:
While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren’t close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired.
While work speed has been an issue in several major ports, so has an ongoing lack of [...]
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