Disclaimer

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.

Drivers suffering as delays continue to clog ports

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.

The problems:

Shortages of chassis and dislocations of chassis, meaning that chassis are in the wrong places […]

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Port labor dispute sizzles with mediator, warehouse lawsuit

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 […]

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Federal mediator to help West Coast ports contract dispute

From the Associated Press:

A federal mediator is getting involved in stalled contract talks between West Coast dockworkers and their employers.

Political and financial pressure has been building as each side blamed the other for the slow movement of billions of dollars of cargo across the docks at 29 seaports that are a vital trade […]

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Chassis maintenance and repair a main culprit of ILWU-PMA impasse

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Contract negotiations resumed Monday between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association after the holiday recess, but it appears that no significant progress will be made until both parties agree to compromise on the controversial issue of chassis maintenance and repair.

Until this year, shipping […]

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Congressman: Reducing night shifts will increase congestion; PMA must bring decision makers to table

News release from Congressman Alan Lowenthal:

Congressman Alan Lowenthal says reducing LA/LB port night shifts will increase port congestion; urges PMA and ILWU to redouble efforts on contract talks

”Coming to an agreement on a new contract must involve key decision makers from both sides. The ILWU leadership is sitting at the table […]

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ILWU calls for the direct participation of key PMA decision makers in negotiations

SAN FRANCISCO (December 29, 2014) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) said today that the PMA member carriers sitting on PMA’s Board of Directors need to come to the negotiating table so that direct and constructive dialogue between key decision makers can take place. “Both sides need the right people in the room […]

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Powder keg at the ports

In an editorial earlier this month, the Journal of Commerce outlined the numerous factors of congestion at West Coast and global ports. Excerpts:

For some, one-time factors such as the Manila truck restrictions and West Coast longshore negotiations can be dismissed as events that create short-term disruption, but, in fact, those two examples only served […]

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Why Obama hasn’t rushed to rescue US West Coast ports

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The national media have hit the issue, but those stories are generally relegated outside the front pages. For most media, particularly TV journalism, the story lost some sparkle once it lost that “man on the street” impact. Most of the public remains unaware of West Coast port congestion.

Ask […]

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Sides ‘far apart’ in West Coast port negotiations

Excerpts from the Associated Press:

While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren’t close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired.

While work speed has been an issue in several major ports, so has an ongoing lack of […]

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Conciliation ahead in DP World dispute

DP World and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) have entered a second week of strikes and lockouts at each of the stevedoring company’s four terminals in Australia.

“This is a perfect opportunity for Mr Abbott to confound expectations and stand with Australian workers against a foreign-owned employer trying to remove their penalty rates,” MUA […]

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ILWU recesses caucus, awaits PMA response to contract proposal

The Journal of Commerce reported on Tuesday:

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union today recessed the caucus that it opened on Monday as the union awaited a response from the Pacific Maritime Association on its latest contract proposal.

Last Thursday, the PMA presented a new contract offer to the ILWU. Union negotiators reviewed the proposal […]

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ILWU frustrated by shippers’ finger-pointing

Excerpts from The Stand’s interview with Dean McGrath, President of ILWU Local 23 at the Port of Tacoma:

“You have to be familiar with global shipping to understand a lot of this,” McGrath said. “When I explain it to reporters, their eyes just glaze over.”

For example, the chassis — the wheeled trailers used to […]

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DP World ‘wages war on wharfies’ with tit-for-tat lockout

From the Australian:

The Maritime Union of Australian has escalated strike action against DP World, as the union’s national secretary Paddy Crumlin accused the company of declaring war on its workforce.

In addition to strike action at company terminals in three states from today, the MUA said workers at the Port Botany terminal in […]

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MUA votes to stop work at DP World terminal

The Maritime Union of Australia has voted to stop work at major container ports in Victoria and NSW.

Container handler DP World says there will be a 32-hour work stoppage at its Melbourne facility on Thursday, while its Sydney terminal will be stopped for 20 hours.

The company’s Fremantle port will stop work for four […]

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Maritime Union of New Zealand supports ILWU in letter to PMA

Last year, the ILWU supported Maritime Union of New Zealand workers in their fight for good jobs in the Port of Auckland. Pictured are MUNZ officers Joe Fleetwood and Garry Parsloe, with ILWU International Vice President-Mainland Ray Familathe in the center.

Joe Fleetwood, National Secretary of the Maritime Union of New Zealand, has sent […]

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