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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.

European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) supports ILWU in letter to PMA

In a letter to PMA President and CEO Jim McKenna, our brother Terje Samuelsen, Chair of the Dockers’ Section of the ETF wrote:

I am writing to you as the Chair of the Dockers’ Section of the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) to express our strong support for our brother union in the ITF, the [...]

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Despite reports to the contrary, ILWU and PMA are ‘meeting and making progress’

In an article called ”West Coast shippers accuse dockworkers of slowing talks,” Bloomberg reports:

West Coast shippers embroiled in contract negotiations with dockworkers accused the longshoremen of delaying “big table” talks, while the union said smaller-group discussions are still productive.

Bargaining through Dec. 1 will be confined to subcommittees “discussing limited issues,” as officials of [...]

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US retailers worry West Coast port delays will hurt post-Black Friday restocking

From the Journal of Commerce:

Retailers hope West Coast port congestion won’t impact impact their holiday sales.

Major U.S. retailers don’t expect U.S. West Coast port congestion to hamper getting Black Friday products on the shelves, but they’re far less confident on their ability to keep stores stocked through the entire holiday season.

Home Depot [...]

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PierPass meets with Federal Maritime Commission and industry stakeholders to address congestion

Excerpts from a Pierpass news release:

PierPass Inc. executives have concluded meetings with the five Federal Maritime Commissioners (including Chairman Mario Cordero) and with FMC staff, briefing them on measures the marine terminal operator (MTO) members of PierPass are taking to address the current congestion issues in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. [...]

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Obama confident ILWU-PMA can reach a deal

From the JOC:

A statement from the White House expresses confidence in the ability for both sides to reach an agreement.

Amid pleas of major shippers for a federal mediator, President Obama says he’s confident U.S. West Coast longshoremen and waterfront employers can reach a labor contract.

The White House statement further reflects the [...]

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FMC commissioner: Carriers helped cause port congestion; time to help fix it

Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle issued the following statement on November 19, 2014:

Today, I am voting to request additional information from the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) parties on their proposed amendment to permanently include the westbound trans-Pacific trade as part of the TSA. By way of background, TSA previously filed an amendment seeking [...]

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Federal Maritime Commission questions carriers’ $1,000 surcharge demand; says ”labor’s working”

In an article titled ‘FMC’s Cordero questions port congestion surcharges,” the Journal of Commerce reports:

Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero, a former Long Beach port commissioner, said he’s not convinced that carriers’ citing of “labor unrest” is specific enough to justify hefty congestion surcharges that most trans-Pacific carriers filed months ago and activated Monday.

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Hapag-Lloyd joins merger partner CSAV in reporting a Q3 loss

Hapag-Lloyd joined its future merger partner CSAV in reporting a loss in the third quarter.

The German container line reported a loss of EUR50.7m ($63.1m) in the third quarter of 2014, compared to a profit of EUR16.6m in the same period last year. For the first nine months of 2014 Hapag-Lloyd lost EUR224m, compared to [...]

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PMA deceptively blames workers for port congestion caused by chassis mismanagement and other supply chain failures

Chassis are piled up for scrap at Schnitzer Steel in Portland. Photo taken on November 10, 2014.

The ILWU is not responsible for the ongoing congestion crisis at West Coast ports

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Over the past week, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents over 70 multinational ocean carriers and maritime companies [...]

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Seven container ships anchored off LA-LB

The Journal of Commerce reports:

Seven container ships on average have been anchored in the waters off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach since Oct. 27, as the congestion crisis at the largest port complex in the Americas continues.

Seven container ships were anchored in San Pedro Bay [yesterday] morning, the same as [...]

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Dishonest media offensive by PMA jeopardizes contract negotiations and deflects from a growing congestion problem

SAN FRANCISCO, CA –On Monday, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents over 70 multinational ocean carriers and maritime companies in contract negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), began a media offensive against the ILWU. PMA’s media offensive is designed to smear the union and to deflect responsibility from a growing congestion [...]

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Hapag-Lloyd says port congestion has reached ‘critical point,’ cites trucking, equipment, chassis issues

Excerpts from a Journal of Commerce article called ”Hapag says 16 services affected by LA-LB congestion”:

Adding to other recent evidence that congestion at the Los Angeles-Long Beach ports is worsening, Hapag-Lloyd Wednesday announced delays to multiple services and said the overall situation “has reached a critical point.”

Hapag said it’s also facing “an acute [...]

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Matson reduces fuel surcharge

From the Star-Advertiser:

Matson Inc., the state’s largest ocean cargo carrier, said Thursday it will lower its Hawaii fuel surcharge by 5 percentage points to 37.5 percent Nov. 2 to compensate for falling ship fuel prices.

The decrease follows two increases earlier this year — 3 percentage points in June and 5 percentage points [...]

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Marubeni and ADM bolster export joint venture in U.S. Pacific Northwest

From an Archer Daniels Midland – Marubeni news release:

Archer Daniels Midland Company and Marubeni Corporation announced today that they have expanded Kalama Export Company LLC, their joint venture in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, as a result of Marubeni’s contribution of its grain export elevator operations at Terminal 5 in The Port of Portland, Oregon, [...]

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West Coast Ports: Contract talks continue ... and so does the flow of goods

“This year’s negotiations, although they’re longer, have been quieter and seem to be much friendlier talks than … maybe ever,” said Port of Long Beach spokesman Art Wong.

Wong says cargo volumes at his port slipped a little in August after surging from April through June, when shippers were expediting imports ahead of the labor [...]

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