From the Baltimore Sun:
Longshoremen who went on strike last year at the port of Baltimore claim they are not liable for related losses sustained by their employers, in part because a coastwide labor contract banning such strikes does not apply to them.
The claim was made in a federal court filing by Jennifer Stair, [...]
From Port News:
US West Coast ports are still at risk of a strike or other form of industrial action, forcing shippers to divert their cargo to different routes, as well as to use other distribution methods, Fitch Ratings reports.
The ongoing contract talks between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime [...]
David Groves at The Stand writes:
On Thursday, rather than congratulating all parties involved [for reaching a tentative agreement] — perhaps even the governor for his role in helping prompt the apparent resolution of a long, contentious dispute — The Seattle Times editorialized that it was a “close call” and chastised Inslee for the fourth [...]
The licensed captains and officers who navigate Alaska Marine Highway System vessels have rejected a tentative contract agreement with the state.
The International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots voted down the proposal by mail-in ballot. Union representative Ron Bressette says the votes were counted last week. MMP represents about 100 ferry workers, including captains, [...]
Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:
An ILWU spokeswoman said each local will vote on the agreement according to its own rules, and the results will be announced on Aug. 25.
The grain contract is separate from the coastwide contract negotiations between the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association that have been underway since May [...]
From The Columbian:
A bitter two-year labor dispute that engulfed everyone from Vancouver police and Washington’s governor to state and federal agriculture officials may have ended, as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Northwest grain terminal operators have reached a tentative contract agreement.
In an email to The Columbian Tuesday, Jennifer Sargent, spokeswoman for [...]
From the Journal of Commerce:
Although the July 1 deadline for contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association certainly resulted in some diversion of cargo to ports on the U.S. East Coast and in Canada, West Coast container volumes are still up noticeably compared to last year.
From The Stand:
The Stand reports that Washington State Senator Don Benton, R-Vancouver, who is part of what has been dubbed the “Millionaire Coalition Caucus” of wealthy legislators who control the State Senate, is the subject of an ethics-related probe himself. The State Auditor’s Office is investigating his dual role as a State Senator [...]
From the Journal of Commerce:
Diversions from the West Coast to avoid longshore labor negotiations are creating delays of up to two to three weeks for some ocean cargo moving from Asia to the U.S. East Coast, according to a freight forwarder.
Nelson Cabrera, business development manager at Lilly and Associates International, said the company [...]
The Maritime Union of Australia has confirmed its members plan to strike for three days at Esperance Port next week.
About 80 stevedores will walk off the job in three consecutive 24-hour stoppages scheduled to begin on Wednesday.
Union organiser Jeff Cassar said both the union and the Esperance Ports Sea and Land (EPSL) board [...]
Should public law enforcement provide private security for an overseas corporation that’s locked out local union workers? Longshore and Shipping News readers know the answer, but at last, here’s a rational message from law enforcement on the matter.
Excerpts from The Columbian, followed by Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas’ letter in its entirety:
SAN FRANCISCO (July 25, 2014) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) today issued the following statement:
After several days of productive contract talks, both parties concluded negotiations on Friday afternoon.
No talks will take place from July 28 to Aug. 1 so that the ILWU can resume [...]
”The governor’s decision to stop providing taxpayer-subsidized public security services to the foreign-owned grain companies was a positive step,” said ILWU spokesperson Jennifer Sargent. She said union negotiators are continuing to meet with United Grain, Columbia Grain and Louis Dreyfus Commodities over the terms of a new contract. ILWU Local 4 workers have been [...]
From yesterday’s Journal of Commerce:
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union today completed its two-day caucus in San Francisco, and the union will resume contract negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association on Wednesday. … Contract negotiations will resume Wednesday and will continue for the rest of this week, but the talks will recess again on [...]
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SAN FRANCISCO (July 18, 2014) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) today issued the following statement:
After several days of ongoing talks, both parties will break from negotiations next Monday and Tuesday in order for the ILWU to convene [...]