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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.

Southern California port truck drivers loading up on wage-theft cases

The LA Times reports that ”in cases involving 17 trucking companies, the state Department of Industrial Relations has ruled in recent months that nearly 40 drivers were improperly designated as contractors, which denied them significant workplace protections. So far, $4.3 million in back pay and penalties has been awarded to drivers.”

After years of [...]

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Former president of FedEx Canada tapped to lead Port of Long Beach

Jon Slangerup

A former President of FedEx Canada has been recommended to run the Port of Long Beach.

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners is scheduled to vote Monday to name Jon W. Slangerup as the Port of Long Beach’s new Chief Executive.

A statement announcing the selection called Slangerup “a veteran [...]

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Port of Long Beach offers incentives to shippers

Port of Long Beach officials estimate a loss of $3.3 million to $4.9 million a year due to the dockage waiver program, but the measure is expected to attract additional cargo to Long Beach, and help to offset the costs with an increase in revenue from other fees.

In a statement announcing the incentives, Long [...]

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Big ships build up LA-Long Beach

The share of LA-LB among North American west coast ports’ container volume has risen from 58.6 percent in the first quarter of 2012 to 61.4 percent in this year’s first quarter.

The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex the past three years has increased its share of the container trade on the Pacific Coast of North [...]

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Long Beach mayoral candidates promise change in relations with port

From the Journal of Commerce:

While it is still to be decided which of the finalists to be Long Beach mayor, Robert Garcia or Damon Dunn, will be elected by the voters on June 3, it is almost certain that the port city will have a different type of leader than outgoing Mayor Bob Foster.

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Growth accelerating at Los Angeles, Long Beach ports

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which combined handle more than 40 percent of U.S. container trade, both reported double-digit monthly container import growth in April. … Import volumes in April were up 11.4 percent at the Port of Los Angeles and 11.9 percent at the Port of Long Beach. Total lifted TEUs [...]

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Dockworkers to say goodbye to a piece of history

The OC Register published 16 photos and an article about ILWU Local 13′s new Dispatch Hall. Excerpts:

In 1948, when the building first opened its doors and the workforce was significantly smaller, jobs were written on a chalkboard. Courtesy of ILWU Local 13.

For more than a half century, hundreds of dockworkers have pushed [...]

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Senate bill would increase federal funds to Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach

A federal water resources bill making its way through Congress would provide funds to dredge the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Sen. Barbara Boxer said Wednesday.

The wording of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act has been approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and a joint House and Senate [...]

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Cruise season beginning in Seattle: More than 800,000 travelers expected

The Port of Seattle expects to retain its title as the largest cruise ship port on the U.S. West Coast this year with the port playing host to some 805,000 cruise passengers and 178 ship calls.

The first ships of the season, Holland America’s ms Westerdam and Princess Cruises’ Golden Princess, kicked off the summer [...]

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Lengthy turn times drawing complaints at Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland has come a long way from last summer, when harbor truckers disrupted the port through sporadic work stoppages protesting new clean-truck rules. But based on recent comments from truckers it still has plenty of work to do to improve turn times in the harbor.

Oakland, like Los Angeles-Long Beach, New York-New [...]

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Report suggests Port of Seattle consolidate, CEO won’t rule it out

The report says the port needs improved on-dock rail, but it has been limited in its ability to improve, especially near Terminal 46. The report goes on to say that the port needs dramatic and costly improvements to handle bigger ships.

A recently discovered report suggests the Port of Seattle’s marine operations are well below [...]

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March cargo numbers up at Port of Los Angeles, down at Port of Long Beach

Goods movement through the Port of Los Angeles soared by double digits in March while the Port of Long Beach fell slightly from the same time a year ago, according to the latest statistics released this week.

Overall cargo flow for Los Angeles jumped 34 percent to 503,168 container units. About 327,497 of those containers [...]

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Chinese New Year Hits West Coast Container Volumes

Lunar New Year was earlier this year (Jan. 30) than last year, shifting the impact that results from factories closing for two weeks of celebration.

Container volumes at North American West Coast ports declined in February as factories in Asia closed for the Chinese New Year celebration. Imports dropped 8 percent, exports were down [...]

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Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have mixed starts to 2014

January volumes at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach were somewhat mixed.

Los Angeles kicked off 2014 with a 2.5 percent annual gain in January at 685,550 TEU. POLA imports, which are primarily comprised of consumer goods, hit 337,428 TEU for a 6.7 percent annual increase. Exports rose 1.7 percent [...]

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2013 becomes third busiest year in cargo volume for Port of Long Beach

2013 proved to be the Port of Long Beach (POLB)’s third busiest year in its history in terms of cargo volume, behind record-setting years 2006 and 2007.

According to POLB, imports increased 12.8% over 2012 to 3,455,323 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs); exports increased 10.7% to 1,704,932 TEUs; and empties were up 8.8% to 1,570,318 TEUs [...]

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