SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 22, 2015) – West Coast Longshore workers have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a tentative contract agreement reached in February with employers represented by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).
Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) voted 82% in favor of approving the new 5-year agreement that will expire [...]
In a May 20 article titled ‘Petitions filed to recall Vancouver port commissioners Oliver, Wolfe,’ the Columbian’s Aaron Corvin follows an excellent investigative series that includes the following excerpts:
In recall documents filed Tuesday, Vancouver resident Christopher Clifford accuses Port of Vancouver commissioners Jerry Oliver and Brian Wolfe of malfeasance, misfeasance and violation of the [...]
From the Los Angeles Business Journal
Port of Long Beach Chief Executive Jon Slangerup said the fleet would not compete with private companies that own truck chassis and service the twin ports. Rather, he said, it would complement them and ensure there are enough chassis to go around during peak port activity. Photo from [...]
Excerpts from KOMO News:
Shell’s giant oil rig parked at the Port of Seattle has outraged plenty of people, but at least one group is very glad the rig pulled in.
“It’s huge for the local economy,” said Gail McCormick with the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific. The entire local Shell project will employ an [...]
Excerpts from a Wall Street Journal article titled ‘Intermodal Market Has Fresh Concerns Over Infrastructure, Equipment’:
West Coast port congestion because of a long-running labor dispute may be in the rearview mirror, but North American industrial supply chains aren’t out of the woods yet.
Alliances among global ship operators, chassis shortages, a lack of sufficient [...]
The Maritime Union of Australia has had a huge win in the Fair Work Commission in retaining current penalty rates despite opposition by well-resourced stevedoring employers.
Employers, particularly Qube and DP World, were also unsuccessful in their attempts to have the working week increased from 35 hours to 38. MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said [...]
According to Seatrade Global, the boom of the 23-row ZPMC super-post-panamax crane snapped causing wreckage including the cabin to fall and smash into the hold of 6,674 teu Maersk Karachi below.
ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) president and chair of its dockers’ section, Paddy Crumlin, has expressed the organisation’s condolences over the death of [...]
ILWU Local 8 victory in opposing Pembina propane export terminal in Portland
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From the Portland Mercury:
Mayor Charlie Hales’ office has pulled a June 10 hearing over zoning changes that would allow a massive [...]
Port workers have begun an “indefinite” strike at the general cargo facility in Callao, Peru operated by APM Terminals (APMT).
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has voiced its support for the strike by Peruvian union SUTRAMPORC. According to a statement from SUTRAMPORC secretary Geraldo Honores, the union has gone on strike because APMT “has [...]
”That’s over now, so we don’t expect any more problems,” John Thelan, senior vice president for depots and traffic at Costco, said in an interview at a supply chain meeting in Washington.
Costco Wholesale Corp. said it doesn’t plan to shift any of its U.S. imports to the East Coast as a result of [...]
A day after suffering an embarrassing setback when Obama’s own party rebuked him on a major trade bill, Senate leaders said they have struck a deal to move forward on the measure.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and top Democrat Harry Reid announced the deal on the Senate floor on Wednesday afternoon.
The chamber [...]
From the Press Telegram:
The Long Beach Harbor Commission voted unanimously Monday night to accept bids from companies interested in managing a new program to provide truckers with vital equipment to ease traffic congestion around the harbor.
The port’s plan calls for the winner of the bids to initially deploy 1,000 chassis. Another 2,000 chassis [...]
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, a leading Democratic backer of President Obama’s trade agenda, and more than a dozen other pro-trade Senate Democrats voted against a Republican proposal to begin consideration of legislation that would give Obama fast-track authority to negotiate trade agreements.
The vote was 52-45, short of the 60 votes needed. After the vote, [...]
Dockworkers seek union recognition, collective bargaining for safer workplaces and an end to discrimination at Callao, the largest port in Peru.
ITF dockers’ section representatives meeting in Perth, Australia, have backed the ITF-affiilated Peruvian SUTRAMPORPC union as it prepares to begin an indefinite strike at APM Terminals’ North Pier terminal in Callao, Peru tomorrow.
U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) joined a group of senators in urging the United States Trade Representative to include strong labor protections as part of the negotiation over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), saying that many parts of the proposed agreement currently fall short of acceptable labor standards.
In a letter to Ambassador Michael Froman, fourteen [...]