Excerpts from a News Tribune article titled ”Port productivity remains subpar”:
Craig Merrilees, a spokesman for the union, said the employers are unfairly scapegoating the union as the source of the lowered productivity. Merrilees said container handling worldwide has encountered major problems as a result of several factors including the shipping lines’ use of larger [...]
Excerpts from ”New talks Tuesday will try to resolve West Coast port terminals dispute” by KIRO Radio in Seattle:
After weeks of lost productivity, backlogs and finger-pointing, contract talks resume Tuesday between west coast terminal operators and union Longshore members in Seattle and elsewhere, who are working without a contract.
“It’s a much more [...]
Torben Seebold, on behalf of ver.di, United Services Trade Union in Germany and the Maritime Coordinator for ITF Germany, wrote to the Pacific Maritime Association pledging solidarity with the ILWU.
“Like the ILWU and ITF, we are keen that a fair and swift resolution be reached in these contract talks, and call on the [...]
In a letter to PMA President and CEO Jim McKenna, our brother Terje Samuelsen, Chair of the Dockers’ Section of the ETF wrote:
I am writing to you as the Chair of the Dockers’ Section of the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) to express our strong support for our brother union in the ITF, the [...]
In an article called ”West Coast shippers accuse dockworkers of slowing talks,” Bloomberg reports:
West Coast shippers embroiled in contract negotiations with dockworkers accused the longshoremen of delaying “big table” talks, while the union said smaller-group discussions are still productive.
Bargaining through Dec. 1 will be confined to subcommittees “discussing limited issues,” as officials of [...]
We appreciate that our fellow dockworkers’ union, the National Federation of Dockworkers Unions of Japan (Zenkoku Kowan), has sent a solidarity letter to PMA President & CEO Jim McKenna. an excerpt:
Along with the other dockworker leaders meeting in London, England this week, we have pledged to provide active solidarity support to the ILWU [...]
From the Journal of Commerce:
Retailers hope West Coast port congestion won’t impact impact their holiday sales.
Major U.S. retailers don’t expect U.S. West Coast port congestion to hamper getting Black Friday products on the shelves, but they’re far less confident on their ability to keep stores stocked through the entire holiday season.
Home Depot [...]
From the JOC:
A statement from the White House expresses confidence in the ability for both sides to reach an agreement.
Amid pleas of major shippers for a federal mediator, President Obama says he’s confident U.S. West Coast longshoremen and waterfront employers can reach a labor contract.
The White House statement further reflects the [...]
In an article titled ‘FMC’s Cordero questions port congestion surcharges,” the Journal of Commerce reports:
Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero, a former Long Beach port commissioner, said he’s not convinced that carriers’ citing of “labor unrest” is specific enough to justify hefty congestion surcharges that most trans-Pacific carriers filed months ago and activated Monday.
Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:
Drivers working for Green Fleet Systems agreed to a “cooling-off” period after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti reached a deal with their Teamster backers and their employer, ending their striking at six marine terminals. But Teamster backer and Total Transportation Services haven’t yet reached a similar deal that would [...]
Chassis are piled up for scrap at Schnitzer Steel in Portland. Photo taken on November 10, 2014.
The ILWU is not responsible for the ongoing congestion crisis at West Coast ports
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Over the past week, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents over 70 multinational ocean carriers and maritime companies [...]
Click on the video to watch the Panama Canal Pilots voice their concerns.
The long-awaited expansion of the Panama Canal has taken a somewhat different course from that initially proposed, according to the Panama Canal Pilots’ Union, and as such, may pose significant threats to the safety of navigation in the Canal.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA –On Monday, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents over 70 multinational ocean carriers and maritime companies in contract negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), began a media offensive against the ILWU. PMA’s media offensive is designed to smear the union and to deflect responsibility from a growing congestion [...]
U.S. Senator Mark Begich has earned many labor supporters in his campaign to defend his seat from an anti-labor challenger. Among those working to re-elect Sen. Begich are ILWU members, who are knocking on doors and getting out the vote. Photos by Jeff Smith, ILWU Local 8 longshoreman.
U.S. Senator Mark Begich, center, with [...]
Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:
The Panama Canal Pilots Association, also known as the Asociación de Prácticos del Canal de Panamá, is a division of the ILWU.
The Panama Canal Pilots Union will not try to renegotiate its contract with the Panama Canal Authority this year as both parties are allowed under the existing [...]