From a Port Technology article called ‘Federal Regulator Lambasts US Congestion’:
Congestion at US West Coast ports is to continue long after any industrial disputes are resolved because of problems handling the massive capacities of mega-ships and navigating the timetables of new shipping alliances a US Federal Maritime Commission regulator has warned.
Chairman of [...]
Pronto’s Restaurant in San Pedro is one of many local businesses that have put a sign up in support of the ILWU. (Chuck Bennett / Daily Breeze photo)
Preparing for Thursday’s massive march along San Pedro’s waterfront, local merchants have been declaring their support for workers by putting ILWU signs in their windows: “We [...]
Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:
The national media have hit the issue, but those stories are generally relegated outside the front pages. For most media, particularly TV journalism, the story lost some sparkle once it lost that “man on the street” impact. Most of the public remains unaware of West Coast port congestion.
Excerpts from the Associated Press:
While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren’t close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired.
While work speed has been an issue in several major ports, so has an ongoing lack of [...]
The Journal of Commerce reported on Tuesday:
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union today recessed the caucus that it opened on Monday as the union awaited a response from the Pacific Maritime Association on its latest contract proposal.
Last Thursday, the PMA presented a new contract offer to the ILWU. Union negotiators reviewed the proposal [...]
The Maritime Union of Australia Sydney Branch wholeheartedly stands in solidarity with our ILWU Sisters and Brothers. The relationship between our two Unions stretches back decades and has been one built on a united effort to maintain and advance the working and living conditions of dockworkers in our respective countries and around the world.
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.