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The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

'Dock drama was good for Matson'

The Honolulu-based shipping company, reporting higher quarterly and annual profits Tuesday, revealed that port congestion led to more business for Matson’s China Express.

From Hawaii News Now:

In economics, when someone loses, someone else wins. But it’s still astonishing to note that the West Coast longshore contract drama, which snarled shipping, helped Matson Inc.

“The [...]

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Analyst: 'Cargo is moving again, but long-term problems at the ports must be addressed' : 'Cargo is moving again, but long-term problems at the ports must be addressed'

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 [...]

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ITF announces ‘victory for the good guys’ in long running Auckland dispute

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:

The [...]

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ICTSI is 'failing to thrive in the US because of its own managerial shortcomings'

Port of Portland's Terminal 6 is privately operated by Philippines-based ICTSI, which signed a 25-year lease with the port in 2010.

From an article titled ‘Problems continue at the Port of Portland’ in the Portland Tribune:

Only a few days after West Coast port operators reached a tentative contract agreement with the International Longshore [...]

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Port recovery will be long process, as problems started with 'arrival of big ships'

Excerpts from a Journal of Commerce titled ‘Long recovery ahead for West Coast ports in aftermath of settlement’:

The tentative coastwide contract agreement that was reached Friday evening by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, while most welcome, is just the beginning of a long process West Coast ports [...]

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Panamax containerships enjoy rate boost from west coast congestion crisis

From The Loadstar:

Aggressive scrapping, a dearth of newbuilds and port congestion has given the Panamax containership sector a welcome boost and pushed daily charter rates to their highest level in four years.

Meanwhile, the current port congestion crisis afflicting the US west coast is providing a further boost to the sector. Although Panamax ships [...]

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MUA: Port Privatisation a Proven Mistake

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 [...]

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PBS: Is the economic impact of the labor disputes at West Coast ports just hype?

Excerpts from PBS:

ALISON STEWART: Right now, there are 29 ports affected from Southern California up to Washington State. And the backlog has been its worst in the past week, since this whole thing started.

So, what does that mean for an average consumer?

CHRISTOPHER THORNBERG: Not much at this particular point in time.

You [...]

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ILWU Local 21 says propane exports ‘not a good fit’ for Longview

Excerpts from a Daily News article titled ”JH Kelly in line for Haven’s propane terminal contract”:

Despite local trade labor’s support, ILWU Local 21 expressed concerns about the nature of the permanent jobs, rail congestion and the safety and location of the terminal.

“We have concerns about an upstart company storing (millions of gallons) of [...]

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UK publication shows members' photos that debunk PMA's claims of congestion

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 [...]

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Congressman Lieu criticizes PMA decision to continue closures at California ports

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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ABC News: Commerce Secretary says it's 'not time for the federal government to step in' to negotiations

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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 [...]

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Economist says claims of damages to agriculture exports are 'way overblown'

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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Seattle City Council members: PMA's 'destructive negotiating tactic' has cost the US economy up to $2 billion a day

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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 [...]

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Longshore union says terminal operator to blame for Hanjin's Portland departure

From the Portland Business Journal:

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union on Tuesday blamed ICTSI Oregon Inc. — the company hired to manage the Port of Portland’s sole container terminal — for the departure of the port’s largest shipping service, Hanjin Shipping.

“Hanjin’s stated departure from Portland rests solely on ICTSI’s inherent refusal and failure [...]

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