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ILWU Longshore Caucus delegates meet in San Francisco; Proposed contract extension goes to membership vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (April 28, 2017) – Nearly 90 delegates from 29 West Coast ports from San Diego, CA, to Bellingham, WA, who were elected by rank and file members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s Longshore Division (ILWU), convened this week in San Francisco to review a […]

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PMA and ILWU convene talks in San Francisco, agree to return

The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) met on November 1st in San Francisco, where discussions were held on the concept of a contract extension.

Both parties agreed to resume talks at a future date to be mutually agreed upon.

The current collective bargaining agreement covering 29 west coast ports […]

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State-ownership not the solution for Portland

From Port Strategy:

The Port of Portland’s executive director has rejected a recent proposal from president of Common Sense for Oregon for the port’s Terminal 6.

Bill Wyatt believes that creating a state-owned authority, Oregon Shipping Authority (OSA), does not solve the problems which currently face the terminal.

Mr Wyatt accepted that restoring service at […]

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Port of Tacoma terminals busier than those at the Port of Seattle during 2015

From the Puget Sound Business Journal:

Container terminals at the Port of Tacoma were nearly twice as busy as those in Seattle during 2015, according to statistics from the Pacific Maritime Association.

The statistics show that Port of Tacoma terminals handled the equivalent of 1.62 million 20-foot containers, a measurement called TEUs, during 2015. […]

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With lives at risk, ILWU President urges Congress to reject amendments targeting longshore workers

ILWU International President Robert McEllrath has sent the following letter to members of the House of Representatives:

Click on the image to download the full two-page letter.

November 3, 2015

Dear Representative:

On behalf of the men and women of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, I am writing to express my strong opposition […]

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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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Delays for LA-LB truckers worst inside terminal, not at gates

From the Journal of Commerce:

Harbor truckers in Los Angeles-Long Beach continue to experience long delays at the ports, but statistics released Wednesday by the Harbor Trucking Association show that the worst delays are not spent waiting in long lines at the terminal gates, but rather inside the terminals.

In other words, the 13 container […]

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Long Beach port CEO acknowledges ILWU labor had 'very little to do' with cargo disruptions

Port of Long Beach CEO Jon Slangerup says he ”realized that labor had ‘very little to do’ with the disruptions, that the difficulties had more to do with organizational glitches and inefficient cargo-handling practices” — a conclusion consistent with ILWU’s statements during negotiations.

From a Bloomberg article titled ‘Record Long Beach port traffic shows […]

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PierPass Traffic Mitigation Fee increasing August 1

Terminal Operators at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will increase the PierPass Traffic Mitigation Fee by 4 percent, effective August 1.

The West Coast Marine Terminal Operator Agreement (WCMTOA) said the fee increase to $69.17 per TEU from $66.50 per TEU will sustain continued operation of PierPass OffPeak gates amid labor cost […]

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Oakland port adds 400 dockworkers

Excerpts from Hellenic Shipping News:

In addition to adding workers, they agreed to train and promote 100 current workers. That will expand the workforce available to fill positions requiring greater skill and experience.

A buildup of ships and cargo has led Port of Oakland terminal operators to begin hiring 400 new dockworkers, port officials said.

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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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California ports moving beyond landlord status to address productivity problems

Excerpts from an article in the Journal of Commerce:

Even before they endured four months of embarrassing and costly work slowdowns during contract negotiations between the ILWU and the PMA in 2014-15, California’s landlord container ports knew they had a congestion problem. They are now addressing the main cause of port congestion, which is outdated […]

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Costco: Won’t shift imports to East Coast even after western ports strife

”That’s over now, so we don’t expect any more problems,” John Thelan, senior vice president for depots and traffic at Costco, said in an interview at a supply chain meeting in Washington.

Costco Wholesale Corp. said it doesn’t plan to shift any of its U.S. imports to the East Coast as a result of […]

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UP: West Coast woes, Panama Canal expansion won’t spur major cargo shift

The JOC reports that, ”Fritz’s comments poured cold water on industry-wide speculation that shipper frustration with months of West Coast delays could trigger a cargo shift like one following the 10-day lockout of longshore workers on that coast in 2002.” Photo shows Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Union Pacific Railroad on Thursday […]

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West Coast container volumes bounce back

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 […]

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