Joe Burns, a former local union president active in strike solidarity, is a labor negotiator and attorney. He is the author of the book [...]
From the San Francisco Examiner:
Mayor Ed Lee’s Port Commission appointment to fill the seat vacated by his previous controversial pick, Mel Murphy, sailed through the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee on Thursday.
Eleni Kounalakis, if ultimately confirmed by the full board in two weeks, would serve on the five-member Port Commission, filling [...]
Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal:
U.S. seaports need to consider the interests of organized labor as they move to automate jobs performed by dockworkers today, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in an interview.
“You can’t impose by fiat automation and expect it to succeed,” he said.
Port automation has hit snags in Los [...]
Author Joe Burns has written about successful ILWU actions and spoken at the invitation of the ILWU. Excerpts from his article in In These Times:
Two thousand workers at the Kohler faucet plant in Northern Wisconsin have been walking the picket since November 16. Such a strike would have been commonplace decades ago. Nowadays [...]
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 [...]
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