Total international containers handled by the Northwest Seaport Alliance increased 3.7 percent in September from the same month last year as the ports of Seattle and Tacoma continue to regain traffic lost earlier in the year due to port congestion and labor disruptions associated with the coastwide longshore contract negotiations.
International containerized imports increased [...]
The head of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) has said that that current bargaining practices between the parties in the West Coast longshore contract talks are “not sustainable.”
James McKenna said that because the PMA and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have been busy implementing the new contract, they have not formally discussed [...]
From the Journal of Commerce:
The ILA and United States Maritime Alliance have been exploring a possible extension far in advance of the contract’s Sept. 30, 2018, expiration. … The talks are understood to be fairly amorphous at this point but could take more tangible shape at the ILA’s July 19-23 convention in San Juan, [...]
From the Wall Street Journal:
Hoping to avoid the labor strife that plagued U.S. West Coast seaports over the last eight months, managers of East and Gulf coast ports have started talks aimed at a new contract with organized port workers more than three years before the current agreement expires.
The United States Maritime [...]
”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 [...]
From the Journal of Commerce:
Containerized imports through major U.S. port gateways hit record levels in March as West Coast ports disgorged shipments that backed up during weeks of gridlock, according to the latest Global Port Tracker report.
The number was up 44.9 percent from February, when West Coast ports were crippled by reduced productivity [...]
A tentative agreement covering Hawaii longshore workers statewide was reached Monday afternoon.
The tentative agreement will be voted on by the full Hawaii Longshore Division membership after the Memorandum of Agreement is reviewed by the negotiating committee next week.
Details of the tentative agreement will be released after the membership vote.
The Hawaii Longshore Division [...]
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach reported surges in container volumes in March, as the West Coast starts to recover from months of congestion and union disputes.
The Port of Los Angeles had the second most productive March in its history, handling 791,863 teu, a 17.3% year-on-year increase. Its neighbour, the Port of [...]
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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 [...]
From Canadian Pacific’s web site:
Despite Canadian Pacific’s best efforts to reach an agreement with Teamsters Canada Rail Conference-Running Trades (TCRC), the union has provided official notice of its intent to strike the company in the event there is not a negotiated settlement. This group represents more than 3,000 active locomotive engineers and conductors at [...]
Excerpts from the Long Beach Press Telegram:
The head of the longshore workers’ union on Thursday slammed a maritime association for portending a shutdown of West Coast ports, calling it “a reckless and unnecessary move.”
Robert McEllrath, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, especially criticized Pacific Maritime Association CEO Jim McKenna for [...]
So the dispute does not escalate, Mr Crumlin is urging ‘all parties, and that includes not just all operators and port authorities, but also the shipping lines, to get together to defuse this situation and reach an agreed settlement.’
Things are off to a rocky start at the Port of Rotterdam’s new Rotterdam Gateway [...]
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 [...]
From The Hill:
Drayage, the business of carrying cargo containers by truck from a port terminal to a distribution center, warehouse, or rail ramp, is in a god-awful mess right now at ports from California to New Jersey.
Shortages of chassis and dislocations of chassis, meaning that chassis are in the wrong places [...]
From Land Line Magazine:
If the mediation settles problems with warehouse workers and the maritime association, don’t expect all labor problems surrounding the twin ports to stop.
In December, five employees filed a lawsuit against California Cartage Co. and two staffing services for alleged violations of Los Angeles’s living wage ordinance. The suit comes on [...]