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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.

PierPass Traffic Mitigation Fee increasing August 1

Terminal Operators at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will increase the PierPass Traffic Mitigation Fee by 4 percent, effective August 1.

The West Coast Marine Terminal Operator Agreement (WCMTOA) said the fee increase to $69.17 per TEU from $66.50 per TEU will sustain continued operation of PierPass OffPeak gates amid labor cost [...]

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PMA, ILWU trade blame for Oakland delays

The Journal of Commerce’s take on congestion at the Port of Oakland:

Skilled longshoremen are not showing up for work in the numbers they should be at the Port of Oakland, contributing to vessel backlogs and longer truck turn times, president of the Pacific Maritime Association said.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union contends the [...]

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Labor Secretary thanks ILWU leaders and workers in remarks at port

In an article called ‘Ports commit to strengthening harbor complex,’ the Signal Tribune writes:

Port leaders and elected officials from Long Beach and Los Angeles were cautiously optimistic last week during their visit with United States Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez, who had returned to the state four months after helping to negotiate a five-year [...]

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California ports moving beyond landlord status to address productivity problems

Excerpts from an article in the Journal of Commerce:

Even before they endured four months of embarrassing and costly work slowdowns during contract negotiations between the ILWU and the PMA in 2014-15, California’s landlord container ports knew they had a congestion problem. They are now addressing the main cause of port congestion, which is outdated [...]

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West Coast Longshore workers overwhelmingly vote to approve new 5-year contract, 82% in favor

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 [...]

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IANA says alliances, chassis, megaships may trigger new logjams

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 [...]

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Costco: Won’t shift imports to East Coast even after western ports strife

”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 [...]

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UP: West Coast woes, Panama Canal expansion won’t spur major cargo shift

The JOC reports that, ”Fritz’s comments poured cold water on industry-wide speculation that shipper frustration with months of West Coast delays could trigger a cargo shift like one following the 10-day lockout of longshore workers on that coast in 2002.” Photo shows Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Union Pacific Railroad on Thursday [...]

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PierPass member terminals increase throughput 46% in first half of March

From a PierPass news release:

In the wake of a tentative labor deal announced Feb. 20 and the formation of a port-wide chassis pool on March 1, marine terminals at the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach moved 46% more cargo containers by truck during the first half of March compared with [...]

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Post-negotiations report: Sky isn’t falling

”Not only will the shipping costs to the West Coast ports be lower due to the shorter distance traversed, but also due to the increased efficiency of the vessels carrying the cargo,” the UCLA report found.

Excerpts from a Los Angeles Times article titled ‘Ports dispute to have a small effect on economy’:

The [...]

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West Coast Dockworkers Push Back Boss Attacks

Excerpts from The Militant:

The union succeeded in getting the truth out, explaining how the lockouts, the bosses’ failure to train crane operators and the creation of a chronic shortage of chassis to transport containers were responsible for the growing disruption of trade. Rail bosses exacerbated the situation, prioritizing more profitable oil transport, leading to [...]

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Mexican ports unlikely to win big from West Coast rerouting

Despite ongoing congestion at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex, don’t expect Mexican ports to become major gateways for U.S.-bound cargo anytime soon, Transplace CEO Thomas Sanderson said Tuesday.

Container volume growth at Mexican ports has grown at twice the pace of their North American counterparts since 2000, because of strong manufacturing activity fueled by [...]

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‘Seattle, Tacoma dockworkers earn less than reported average’

The Seattle Times reports:

For the last four months while dockworkers and their employers blamed each other for congestion at West Coast ports, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) reported the average wage for union members was $147,000, but the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) disputed it.

It turns out it was a little [...]

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'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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