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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.

Mayor Garcetti announces Port of L.A. changes

Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that his Deputy Mayor for City Services, Doane Liu, will become Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Staff at the Port of Los Angeles.

“The economy is my top priority and the Port of L.A. is our region’s leading economic driver, so it’s critical to me that we have the [...]

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ILWU signs supporting longshore workers dot San Pedro, Wilmington and Long Beach businesses

Pronto’s Restaurant in San Pedro is one of many local businesses that have put a sign up in support of the ILWU. (Chuck Bennett / Daily Breeze photo)

Preparing for Thursday’s massive march along San Pedro’s waterfront, local merchants have been declaring their support for workers by putting ILWU signs in their windows: “We [...]

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Port of Oakland broke cargo handling record in 2014

The Port of Oakland handled a record 2.394 million TEUs in 2014, two percent more than in 2013. That broke the record of 2.391 million boxes moved in 2006. A 20 percent surge in December import containers contributed to the record performance. The port said for the year as a whole, import volume was up [...]

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Shipping veteran says LA-LB congestion ‘will not go away’

From the Journal of Commerce:

A veteran shipping executive says U.S. West Coast port problems are structural and “will not go away” and that as a result beneficial cargo owners should add three weeks to trans-Pacific import lead times to accommodate what will become chronic congestion at the largest U.S. container gateway.

Dan Gardner, a [...]

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Los Angeles, Long Beach port truck drivers agree to unionization process with firm

From the Long Beach Press Telegram:

The union seeking to represent truck drivers who serve the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and a major trucking firm have struck an agreement that would allow their drivers to decide whether to unionize, organizers announced Tuesday.

Drivers with Carson-based Shippers Transport Express, a wholly owned subsidiary [...]

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Port labor dispute sizzles with mediator, warehouse lawsuit

From Land Line Magazine:

If the mediation settles problems with warehouse workers and the maritime association, don’t expect all labor problems surrounding the twin ports to stop.

In December, five employees filed a lawsuit against California Cartage Co. and two staffing services for alleged violations of Los Angeles’s living wage ordinance. The suit comes on [...]

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Port of Long Beach opens depot for temporary storage of empty containers

A depot to temporarily store empty containers and alleviate ongoing congestion at the nation’s second busiest seaport is now open, Port of Long Beach officials said Monday.

The 30-acre facility on Pier S, which will run at least until March 31, opened Monday to serve as a temporarily solution for dealing with bottlenecks at the [...]

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SoCal ports seek to relieve congestion by fixing chassis crisis

Excerpts from an Apparel News article titled ‘Longshore union wants to see more shipping line honchos at the negotiating table’:

A shortage of chassis to transport the cargo containers to rail yards and warehouses has been a problem for months as shipping lines got out of the chassis business. Now four companies lease out chassis, [...]

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Powder keg at the ports

In an editorial earlier this month, the Journal of Commerce outlined the numerous factors of congestion at West Coast and global ports. Excerpts:

For some, one-time factors such as the Manila truck restrictions and West Coast longshore negotiations can be dismissed as events that create short-term disruption, but, in fact, those two examples only served [...]

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Southern California ports to petition government on congestion

The Port of Los Angeles and its sister in Long Beach, which together make up the busiest harbor complex in the U.S., may seek federal authority to resolve congestion that has ships sitting idle offshore, waiting for docks to clear.

The commission governing the Port of Long Beach, the nation’s second-busiest after Los Angeles, is [...]

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Maersk to cancel North Asia to US route

Maersk Line will close down its Trans-Pacific 5 (TP5) US-flag service operated by its Maersk Line Ltd affiliate in January next year as part of a strategy to eliminate unprofitable Pacific services.

The end of the current TP5 service from North Asia to Los Angeles-Long Beach and Oakland, using five older Panamax, US-flagged container ships [...]

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Trucker strike at ports of L.A. and Long Beach ends

Striking truck drivers from two companies agreed Friday to return to work, organizers said, ending a nine-day trucker protest at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The two struck companies — Pacer International Inc. and Harbor Rail Transport — said in statements that they would not retaliate against drivers who walked off the [...]

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Some LA-LB drayage drivers agree to stop striking but not all

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Drivers working for Green Fleet Systems agreed to a “cooling-off” period after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti reached a deal with their Teamster backers and their employer, ending their striking at six marine terminals. But Teamster backer and Total Transportation Services haven’t yet reached a similar deal that would [...]

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Truck turn time and congestion problems haunting ports, drivers for past year

Excerpts from an article called ‘Truck turn times escalate in LA-Long Beach, HTA reports’ in the Journal of Commerce:

Truck turn times at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex have increased more than 30 percent since last year, according to statistics provided by the Harbor Trucking Association to JOC.com, a result of crisis-level congestion.

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PMA deceptively blames workers for port congestion caused by chassis mismanagement and other supply chain failures

Chassis are piled up for scrap at Schnitzer Steel in Portland. Photo taken on November 10, 2014.

The ILWU is not responsible for the ongoing congestion crisis at West Coast ports

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Over the past week, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents over 70 multinational ocean carriers and maritime companies [...]

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