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.

Environmentalists ask judge to halt $500-million harbor-area rail yard

From the Los Angeles Times:

A coalition of environmentalists, community groups and Long Beach officials is seeking a court order to halt construction of a controversial $500-million Port of Los Angeles rail yard that they claim will increase pollution in surrounding low-income, minority communities.

During hearings Monday and Tuesday, attorneys representing the group asked Contra [...]


LA Harbor Commission approves US$1.8m in FEMA grants

The Los Angeles Boat of Harbour Commission has approved three grants from the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) totalling US$1.8m.

The grant will be used to support the Port of Los Angeles’ police security and operations integration initiatives, alongside increasing cyber security infrastructure.

Jill Taylor, homeland security manager at the [...]


Force is with L.A. port as ‘Star Wars’ toys arrive

Merchandise from ”The Force Awakens,” the seventh ”Star Wars” movie, is expected to give a double-digit boost to toy volumes shipped from overseas, according to trade economists. Most of the toys from overseas come through the Port of Los Angeles.

Move over dolls, stuffed reindeer and snowmen: it’s galactic warrior helmets and light sabers [...]


Los Angeles port sees weak end to peak shipping season as imports drop

From the Wall Street Journal:

The nation’s largest container port saw falling imports in October, joining other West Coast ports in reporting a weak end to what is usually the peak season for shipping volumes.

The Port of Los Angeles handled 358,602 containers loaded with imported goods last month, a decline of 3.3% from the [...]


Los Angeles City Council members urge support for fair wages for truckers

Teamsters President James P. Hoffa joined striking truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Wednesday, one day after promising strikers the support of the Teamsters’ 1.4 million members nationwide.

Support for the truckers also came Wednesday from some members of the Los Angeles City Council.

Councilman Joe Buscaino, whose district includes [...]


'Biggest fear' realized when container falls from truck on SoCal highway, killing longshoreman

Our profound condolences go out to Brother Castorena’s family, friends and union brothers and sisters on the docks.

From a news segment called ”Authorities Probe How Big Rig Container Became Loose, Crushed Cyclist To Death”:

An investigation was underway Wednesday into how a big rig’s container struck a railroad bridge in Carson, knocking [...]


Teamsters ramp up drayage, warehouse worker organizing effort in LA-Long Beach

The Teamsters union Tuesday stepped up its organizing efforts in Southern California, targeting another drayage company in Los Angeles-Long Beach, and announcing a partnership with a warehouse worker advocacy organization.

The latter signals a move by the Teamsters to organize what could potentially be thousands of workers in the warehouse and distribution industry. Although the [...]


Port of Los Angeles has failed to meet pollution-cutting measures

From the Los Angeles Times:

The Port of Los Angeles has failed to carry out vital pollution-reduction measures it agreed to make after a legal settlement more than a decade ago, according to a document released by the port.

In an environmental notice, the port revealed it has not completed 11 of 52 measures it [...]


Extended free time contributes to chassis shortages in LA-Long Beach

Spot shortages of chassis continue to plague terminal operators in Los Angeles-Long Beach, seven months after the portwide “pool of pools” was rolled out by chassis-leasing companies with the intention of eliminating that very problem.

When a terminal does not have sufficient chassis to handle import loads, containers back up on the docks and congestion [...]


Ports of L.A. and Long Beach to update Clean Air Action Plan

Environmental teams from the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach will hold a joint community workshop on Oct. 14 to gather input on the next update of the Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). Initially adopted in 2006 and updated in 2010, this historic environmental plan called for aggressive strategies that have proved [...]


Striking warehouse staff call on Amazon for better pay and conditions

Staff at a major Los Angeles warehouse serving Amazon and other big retailers went on strike Tuesday, protesting unpaid wages and overtime, dangerous conditions, a lack of breaks and water during hot summer months, and retaliation by management against their organizing efforts. The strike continued on Wednesday.

The stoppage is the latest tactic in [...]


Port of Los Angeles traffic up to highest August level in 9 years

The Port of Los Angeles reversed two months of declining traffic to post a 3.8 percent increase in cargo for August from a year ago.

“The numbers are strong indicators that our terminal operators, longshore labor and supply chain partners are adjusting to the new industry dynamics of carrier alliances, deploying larger ships and [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Federal official calls for audit of trucking fee at ports of LA, Long Beach

The Federal Maritime Commission’s chairman told an audience of trucking industry professionals Thursday the nonprofit organization formed to reduce congestion around the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach could benefit from an outside audit.

Commission chairman Mario Cordero called for the audit of PierPass, the organization in question, while participating in a panel discussion [...]