A message from ILWU International President Robert McEllrath:
Just hours after two misguided amendments were defeated in the House of Representatives, opportunistic politicians proposed yet another piece of legislation that fails to address the root causes of congestion. From an article titled ‘Feds more likely to intervene in future port slowdowns under proposed bill’ in The Oregonian:
Instead of leaving it to [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
From the Press Telegram:
The Long Beach Harbor Commission voted unanimously Monday night to accept bids from companies interested in managing a new program to provide truckers with vital equipment to ease traffic congestion around the harbor.
The port’s plan calls for the winner of the bids to initially deploy 1,000 chassis. Another 2,000 chassis [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
By David Bacon, in the Dispatcher and David Bacon Reality Check blog:
PANAMA CITY, PANAMA (4/2/15) – You see a lot of parked taxis in the parking lot at the Panama Ports terminal here. They’re not waiting to give rides to longshoremen. Dockworkers themselves are the drivers. Longshore wages in Panama are so low that [...]
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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