In an article titled ‘US West Coast ports busy, struggling with backlog’:
Most West Coast U.S. ports have been busy since Friday, when negotiators reached a tentative settlement in a nine-month labor dispute and work slowdown.
The cargo is moving again, but long-term problems at the ports must be addressed, said transportation analyst Tom O’Brien [...]
In March 2013, ILWU delegates stood in solidarity with the Maritime Union of New Zealand against outsourcing and anti-union tactics employed by POAL. Pictured: MUNZ officers Joe Fleetwood and Garry Parsloe, with ILWU International Vice President-Mainland Ray Familathe in the center.
Good news for New Zealand dockworkers from the International Transport Workers’ federation:
From the Maritime Union of Australia:
Port privatisation will short-change Territorians and result in job losses, according to the Maritime Union of Australia.
MUA Northern Territory Branch Secretary Thomas Mayor urged Adam Giles to reconsider his stance on port privatisation, adding that selling, or leasing profit-making assets was a short-sighted mistake that would cost tax [...]
Citing safety concerns, Conapra, the Brazilian national pilots association, is pressing the Brazilian Navy to restrict longer and wider vessels requiring greater drafts
Claudio Paulino, president of the Sao Paulo/Santos branch of Conapra, is calling for a 266-meter length (about 873 feet) restriction at Santos, South America’s largest container gateway. Brazilian pilots claim that insufficient [...]
Longshore workers who documented empty terminal space to debunk the employers’ claim of congested docks have had their photos published widely. Acknowledging that it was ‘thousands of miles away,’ The Loadstar in the UK wrote in an article titled ‘West coast port congestion: Crisis, what crisis? asks dockworkers’ union (in pix)’:
This photo by [...]
Congressman Ted Lieu
WASHINGTON, DC (Feb. 12, 2015) – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement regarding the continued closure of the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). PMA announced this morning that ships at Southern California ports will not be unloaded on Thursday, Saturday, [...]
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From a KGO article titled ‘Commerce Secretary Pritzker addresses West Coast port slowdown’:
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker was in San Francisco taking a tour of a company called Dodocase [...]
In a Journal of Commerce article called ”Debate erupts over damage to ag exports from the West Coast labor standoff”:
There is no question that exports are being hurt due to port delays stemming from the months-long, acrimonious and still-unresolved negotiations between West Coast dockworkers and management. The media have been filled since late [...]
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Dear James C. McKenna:
We would like to express our strong disappointment in the Pacific Maritime Association’s (PMA) decision to repeatedly suspend port activity along the West Coast. These temporary lockouts are a destructive negotiating tactic that has caused shipments to be delayed [...]
Shipping lines are planning a partial four-day shutdown of U.S. West Coast ports starting on Thursday, as labor talks between the companies and the union representing 20,000 dockworkers stalled, the companies said on Wednesday.
Loading and unloading of cargo vessels at the 29 ports will be suspended again, as they were last weekend, on Thursday [...]
Union calls on employers to work vessels, deliver cargo & resume talks
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (FEBRUARY 11, 2011) — Today, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), a consortium of international corporations, informed the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) that ships will not be worked at West Coast Ports four of the next five [...]
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 9, 2015) — West Coast ports re-opened Monday morning after employers closed the docks for two days, increasing delays for customers needing containers. The union remains focused on reaching a settlement as quickly as possible with employers. Talks to resolve the few remaining issues between the Longshore Union and Pacific Maritime [...]
The following photographs show, as ILWU International President Bob McEllrath said in a recent news release, that there are acres of asphalt waiting for the containers that sit on dozens of ships waiting to be unloaded at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and sufficient space for thousands of containers on the docks. [...]
Senator Isadore Hall, III (D – South Bay) has released the following statement regarding the Pacific Maritime Association’s (PMA) decision to shut down vessel loading and unloading at West Coast ports this weekend:
Isadore Hall III
“I am extremely concerned and disappointed in the Pacific Maritime Association’s (PMA) latest reckless and irresponsible decision to suspend [...]
”PMA’s intentional action to close the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles over the weekend is indefensible.” — Congressman Ted Lieu
Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) issued the following statement today regarding PMA’s decision to suspend all vessel work from 5pm February 6 to 8am February 9.
“Our ports are critical to Southern California’s economy, [...]