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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.

'Dock drama was good for Matson'

The Honolulu-based shipping company, reporting higher quarterly and annual profits Tuesday, revealed that port congestion led to more business for Matson’s China Express.

From Hawaii News Now:

In economics, when someone loses, someone else wins. But it’s still astonishing to note that the West Coast longshore contract drama, which snarled shipping, helped Matson Inc.

“The [...]

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Analyst: 'Cargo is moving again, but long-term problems at the ports must be addressed' : 'Cargo is moving again, but long-term problems at the ports must be addressed'

In an article titled ‘US West Coast ports busy, struggling with backlog’:

Most West Coast U.S. ports have been busy since Friday, when negotiators reached a tentative settlement in a nine-month labor dispute and work slowdown.

The cargo is moving again, but long-term problems at the ports must be addressed, said transportation analyst Tom O’Brien [...]

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Port recovery will be long process, as problems started with 'arrival of big ships'

Excerpts from a Journal of Commerce titled ‘Long recovery ahead for West Coast ports in aftermath of settlement’:

The tentative coastwide contract agreement that was reached Friday evening by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, while most welcome, is just the beginning of a long process West Coast ports [...]

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UK publication shows members' photos that debunk PMA's claims of congestion

Longshore workers who documented empty terminal space to debunk the employers’ claim of congested docks have had their photos published widely. Acknowledging that it was ‘thousands of miles away,’ The Loadstar in the UK wrote in an article titled ‘West coast port congestion: Crisis, what crisis? asks dockworkers’ union (in pix)’:

This photo by [...]

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Congressman Lieu criticizes PMA decision to continue closures at California ports

Congressman Ted Lieu

WASHINGTON, DC (Feb. 12, 2015) – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement regarding the continued closure of the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). PMA announced this morning that ships at Southern California ports will not be unloaded on Thursday, Saturday, [...]

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ABC News: Commerce Secretary says it's 'not time for the federal government to step in' to negotiations

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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 [...]

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Economist says claims of damages to agriculture exports are 'way overblown'

In a Journal of Commerce article called ”Debate erupts over damage to ag exports from the West Coast labor standoff”:

There is no question that exports are being hurt due to port delays stemming from the months-long, acrimonious and still-unresolved negotiations between West Coast dockworkers and management. The media have been filled since late [...]

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Seattle City Council members: PMA's 'destructive negotiating tactic' has cost the US economy up to $2 billion a day

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Dear James C. McKenna:

We would like to express our strong disappointment in the Pacific Maritime Association’s (PMA) decision to repeatedly suspend port activity along the West Coast. These temporary lockouts are a destructive negotiating tactic that has caused shipments to be delayed [...]

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Shippers plan 4-day partial shutdown of U.S. West Coast ports

Shipping lines are planning a partial four-day shutdown of U.S. West Coast ports starting on Thursday, as labor talks between the companies and the union representing 20,000 dockworkers stalled, the companies said on Wednesday.

Loading and unloading of cargo vessels at the 29 ports will be suspended again, as they were last weekend, on Thursday [...]

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ILWU news release: Port employers cancel talks and idle vessels

Union calls on employers to work vessels, deliver cargo & resume talks

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (FEBRUARY 11, 2011) — Today, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), a consortium of international corporations, informed the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) that ships will not be worked at West Coast Ports four of the next five [...]

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ILWU update on negotiations

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 9, 2015) — West Coast ports re-opened Monday morning after employers closed the docks for two days, increasing delays for customers needing containers. The union remains focused on reaching a settlement as quickly as possible with employers. Talks to resolve the few remaining issues between the Longshore Union and Pacific Maritime [...]

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Aerial photos of ports show what the PMA doesn’t want the public to see

The following photographs show, as ILWU International President Bob McEllrath said in a recent news release, that there are acres of asphalt waiting for the containers that sit on dozens of ships waiting to be unloaded at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and sufficient space for thousands of containers on the docks. [...]

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Senator Isadore Hall: PMA has shown willingness to sacrifice economic recovery

Senator Isadore Hall, III (D – South Bay) has released the following statement regarding the Pacific Maritime Association’s (PMA) decision to shut down vessel loading and unloading at West Coast ports this weekend:

Isadore Hall III

“I am extremely concerned and disappointed in the Pacific Maritime Association’s (PMA) latest reckless and irresponsible decision to suspend [...]

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee: 'Deeply disappointed by PMA's decision'

Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement in response to PMA’s decision to not conduct vessel work from 5PM on February 6th to 8AM on February 9th:

Congresswoman Barbara Lee

“I am deeply disappointed by PMA’s decision to not conduct vessel work this weekend. This unnecessary weekend lockout will hurt workers and their families, businesses and [...]

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Congressman Ted Lieu: PMA’s action hurts ILWU workers, businesses, consumers, economy

”PMA’s intentional action to close the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles over the weekend is indefensible.” — Congressman Ted Lieu

Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) issued the following statement today regarding PMA’s decision to suspend all vessel work from 5pm February 6 to 8am February 9.

“Our ports are critical to Southern California’s economy, [...]

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