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US Labor chief, Congressman reject bills targeting port negotiations

U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez during at visit to the Port of Los Angeles on Monday. Click on the image to view the rest of the gallery by Press-Telegram photographer Thomas R. Cordova.

Text from an article titled ”US Labor chief rejects bills seeking port labor-management system reform” in the Journal of Commerce: [...]

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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 They are now addressing the main cause of port congestion, which is outdated [...]

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May busiest month since October 2007 for Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach reported this past May was the busiest month at the port since October 2007, officials said Wednesday.

The increased volume, however, was in no small part the result of a large number of empty containers being sent to other countries because the volume of imports coming to Long Beach terminals [...]

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Port of Long Beach executive outlines strategies to reduce congestion

From the Press-Telegram:

The people who run the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are developing plans to work together to help themselves and the companies who do business at the harbor alleviate congestion around the waterfront.

That’s the word from Michael Christensen, appointed as the Port of Long Beach’s new senior executive for [...]

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Port of Long Beach to shell out for chassis fleet

From the Los Angeles Business Journal

Port of Long Beach Chief Executive Jon Slangerup said the fleet would not compete with private companies that own truck chassis and service the twin ports. Rather, he said, it would complement them and ensure there are enough chassis to go around during peak port activity. Photo from [...]

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Mitsubishi Cement port terminal project gains approval in Long Beach

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has granted approval for the Mitsubishi Cement facility modification project at the Port of Long Beach. This will see the cement company increase its storage capacity at the port by 40,000 t, expanding its site at the port from 4.21 acres to 5.92 acres. Storage and loading silos [...]

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Rulings mixed for LA, LB truckers fighting congestion fees

Southern California truckers who said they were improperly charged late fees for containers they couldn’t return on time to gridlocked ports received mixed decisions in the first arbitrators’ rulings on their cases.

Arbitrators this week issued their first four rulings on the dozens of claims submitted to arbitration under the Uniform Intermodal Interchange Agreement, which [...]

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Port of Long Beach takes steps to add chassis

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 [...]

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New drayage trucking company to hire drivers as employees and promote ‘labor peace’ at ports

From the Long Beach Post:

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, port truck drivers, business and labor leaders and environmental groups announced Monday the formation of Eco Flow Transportation, a company that will hire all drivers as employees instead of independent contractors and focus on improving air quality through the Port of Los Angeles and Port [...]

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Most Port of Long Beach, Los Angeles truck drivers end strike

From the Press-Telegram:

Drivers working for three of four trucking firms have returned to work after being on strike throughout the week, the Teamsters union announced Friday.

Friday morning, Teamsters announced that strike actions would only continue against Pacific 9 Transportation and that picketing would take place outside the company’s facility in Carson.

A [...]

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Truckers strike four shipping companies at Southern California ports

From Reuters:

Tractor-trailer drivers who haul freight from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on strike on Monday against four trucking companies, a Teamster union official said, in a move that could revive labor tension at the nation’s busiest cargo hub.

Delegations of drivers notified the companies of their intent to strike [...]

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Workers laying foundation for the new Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach

The replacement bridge will feature a clearance of 205 feet to accommodate increasingly large container vessels expected to travel to and from the Port of Long Beach, according to officials planning the project. The existing bridge has a 155-foot clearance.

Construction crews assigned to the monumental task of building the replacement Gerald Desmond Bridge [...]

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Los Angeles, Long Beach port chiefs lead forum to improve supply chain

In today’s Press-Telegram:

With competition looming from U.S. and foreign seaports, the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports must work together with other stakeholders to improve and enhance the congestion-plagued supply chain responsible for moving goods in and out of the nation’s two busiest seaports, port officials said Wednesday.

Port of Los Angeles Executive Director [...]

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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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West Coast ports agree on closer collaboration

Managers from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach met recently to agree a collaboration strategy to improve the efficiency of cargo throughput in a bid to clear the backlogs that have built up over recent months.

In the first formal talks since the Federal Maritime Commission’s decision to approve the two ports working [...]

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