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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.

PMA warning over labour negotiations

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 […]

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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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Seattle City Council members: PMA's 'destructive negotiating tactic' has cost the US economy up to $2 billion a day

Download a PDF of the letter by clicking on the image.

Dear James C. McKenna:

We would like to express our strong disappointment in the Pacific Maritime Association’s (PMA) decision to repeatedly suspend port activity along the West Coast. These temporary lockouts are a destructive negotiating tactic that has caused shipments to be delayed […]

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Longshore workers' union chief slams employers for West Coast shutdown threat

Excerpts from the Long Beach Press Telegram:

The head of the longshore workers’ union on Thursday slammed a maritime association for portending a shutdown of West Coast ports, calling it “a reckless and unnecessary move.”

Robert McEllrath, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, especially criticized Pacific Maritime Association CEO Jim McKenna for […]

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ILWU tells employers: Finish negotiations, don’t close ports over only a few remaining issues

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 4, 2015) – The ILWU is trying to keep dock employers at the negotiating table to finish an agreement that is “extremely close.”

“We’re this close,” said ILWU President Robert McEllrath, who held up two fingers in a gesture indicating how close the parties are to reaching an agreement.

“We’ve […]

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Maritime Union of New Zealand supports ILWU in letter to PMA

Last year, the ILWU supported Maritime Union of New Zealand workers in their fight for good jobs in the Port of Auckland. Pictured are MUNZ officers Joe Fleetwood and Garry Parsloe, with ILWU International Vice President-Mainland Ray Familathe in the center.

Joe Fleetwood, National Secretary of the Maritime Union of New Zealand, has sent […]

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European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) supports ILWU in letter to PMA

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 […]

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Dear Mr. McKenna: From the National Federation of Dockworkers Unions of Japan

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 […]

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Longer gate hours, extra labor fail to ease LA-LB jam

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Congestion continues to plague Los Angeles-Long Beach despite efforts by terminal operators to remain open longer and use all longshore labor at their disposal.

“They’re showing up to work,” said Jim McKenna, president of the Pacific Maritime Association, the employers’ organization that negotiates and administers the International Longshore and […]

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Retailers warn of rising risks of lack of ILWU contract

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Without a finalized contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and waterfront employers, shippers fear a labor meltdown — like the one in 2002 that shut down the West Coast for 10 days in a management-led lockout. The point was made in a letter from Retail Industry Leaders […]

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Surge in imports adding to US West Coast port congestion

From the Journal of Commerce:

Container volumes moving through West Coast ports in May were 4 percent higher than during the same month last year, lending support to the theory that higher-than usual cargo volumes are contributing to port congestion.

Jim McKenna, PMA president, said the surge in imports is having a ripple effect in […]

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PMA & ILWU begin talks on new West Coast waterfront labor pact

The ILWU-PMA collective bargaining relationship dates back to the 1930’s and covers all West Coast ports. The current agreement expires on June 30.

SAN FRANCISCO (May 12, 2014) — Negotiations for a new labor contract covering nearly 20,000 dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports began Monday afternoon in San Francisco. The current contract expires at […]

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PMA President Sees No Simple Resolution in Portland

Excerpts from Friday’s Journal of Commerce:

As member of waterfront employers group, ICTSI should have told PMA of IBEW contract, McKenna says

Jim McKenna, president of the West Coast waterfront employers group known as the Pacific Maritime Association, said the lawsuit involving the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Port of Portland “is not […]

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Portland Dispute Isn’t Over, ILWU Says

The Journal of Commerce reported Tuesday:

Pacific Maritime Association head also sees jurisdictional battle as continuing

International Longshore and Warehouse Union Coast Committeeman Leal Sundet was not speaking in hyperbole Monday when he said the jurisdictional dispute in Portland between the ILWU and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is far from over despite a […]

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Harbor Truckers Fear Chassis Inspection Delays

From the Journal of Commerce:

Harbor truckers in Southern California are raising concerns that an effort by longshoremen to inspect all chassis before equipment is trucked from Los Angeles-Long Beach will result in unnecessary delays for their drivers.

The area arbitrator who handles contract disputes between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and waterfront employers […]

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