Excerpts from The News Tribune:
According to a leaflet being distributed by the pickets, they were protesting the failure of the Pacific Maritime Association to pay medical bills they and their family members have incurred since their retirement.
“PMA employers are taking away medical insurance from ILWU pensioners, their surviving spouses and children,” said the [...]
The Puget Sound ports of Seattle (above) and Tacoma led the way in total container volume increases, with a total of about four percent.
Container volumes at West Coast ports increased 4 percent in December, but 2012 overall was a lackluster year as the total of import and export containers increased only 2 percent [...]
From the Journal of Commerce:
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach were open for business Friday despite the rejection of a tentative contract agreement by office clerical workers.
However, what the next step will be involving the Office Clerical Unit of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 and waterfront employers is uncertain [...]
Full operations resumed at the Port of Oakland Thursday morning, a day after the International Longshore and Warehouse Union walked off their jobs after a maintenance worker died from injuries reportedly sustained when he was caught in a moving part of the container crane he was servicing.
The 51-year-old worker was a member of the [...]
From the Columbian:
A group representing grain shippers in the region, including United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver, said Monday it expects to reach an agreement on a new labor contract with union dockworkers that will keep wheat, soybeans and corn flowing to markets.
“I don’t think there’s any reason to presume otherwise,” [...]
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 [...]
Excerpts from the Oregonian:
Portland longshoremen will not give up.
Thwarted by the National Labor Relations Board in their quest for two waterfront jobs, the dockworkers’ union is changing tactics, pressuring shipping lines to give them the work or face claims for lost wages.
If that happens, Hanjin Shipping Co., for one, plans to hand [...]
Union says Port’s giveaways of public funds to private corporations violate federal law and Oregon Constitution; demands all funds remain in public hands
PORTLAND,OR (August 16, 2012) – Today, the ILWU filed a federal lawsuit against the Port of Portland and Bill Wyatt, its Executive Director, for unlawfully gifting nearly $5 million in public funds [...]
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 [...]
Excerpts from the Associated Press:
The National Labor Relations Board has awarded a pair of disputed jobs at the Port of Portland to union electricians, setting the table for renewed tension at the North Portland container terminal.
In a ruling released Monday afternoon, the NLRB rejected arguments from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union that [...]
Excerpts from the Portland Business Journal:
The Port of Portland Commission on Wednesday approved paying up to $4.6 million to the company that operates the Terminal 6 container yard to cover excess costs associated with an ongoing labor dispute involving longshore workers.
The decision was almost immediately criticized by the International Warehouse and Longshore Union, [...]
West Coast ports recorded solid gains in container traffic in June, with imports up 4 percent over the same month last year, and total volume increasing 3 percent.
Exports, however, continued to lag, increasing only 1 percent compared to June 2011.
The container volumes reported in June by the Pacific Maritime Association for all West [...]
The Journal of Commerce reports on the ups and downs of negotiations between ILWU Clerical Workers and the employer:
July 31, 2012, 2:02 AM:
Two-hours of discussions Monday end on sour note, with no new talks planned
Contract negotiations between office clerical workers and the attorney representing waterfront employers in Los Angeles-Long Beach resumed Monday [...]
From the Journal of Commerce:
A U.S. District Court in Portland on Thursday denied most of the requests by waterfront employers that the court take action against the International Longshore and Warehouse Union for alleged work slowdowns at the Port of Portland.
Judge Michael Simon upheld an earlier preliminary injunction barring disruptive actions by the [...]
Thursday’s decision by a Federal District Court in Portland validates the ILWU’s view that longshoremen are being unfairly blamed for carriers leaving the Port of Portland in recent weeks, when the real offender is Philippines-based ICTSI.
ILWU Coast Committeeman Leal Sundet said:
We respect the court and Judge Simon, and appreciate that he can see [...]