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SoCal truck drivers strike indefinitely because of ‘misclassification’ and ‘dangerous’ trucks

From an article titled ‘Contract truck drivers strike indefinitely against Pacific 9 Transportation in Los Angeles’ at CBS Local:

Port truck drivers went on strike Tuesday to improve conditions for themselves, their families and all drivers.

At 6 a.m., Pacific 9 Transportation (Pac 9) drivers displayed their intention to strike indefinitely at the company’s yard [...]

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PierPass Traffic Mitigation Fee increasing August 1

Terminal Operators at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will increase the PierPass Traffic Mitigation Fee by 4 percent, effective August 1.

The West Coast Marine Terminal Operator Agreement (WCMTOA) said the fee increase to $69.17 per TEU from $66.50 per TEU will sustain continued operation of PierPass OffPeak gates amid labor cost [...]

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Port of Los Angeles to begin construction on Yusen Terminal improvements

From Container Management:

The Port of Los Angeles is to start construction this summer on a two-year project to improve the marine container terminal operated by Yusen Terminals LLC.

The Los Angeles Board of Harbour Commissioners has awarded a US$44.6m contract to upgrade berths, and backlands at Berths 212-224.

The Yusen project consists of upgrading [...]

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LA terminal expansion to allow better handling of increasingly larger vessels

The Port of Los Angeles announced this week it will begin construction this summer on a two-year, $127 million project to improve the marine terminal operated by Yusen Terminals, so that it can more efficiently handle larger vessels.

West Coast marine terminals’ inability to handle larger vessels was one of the main contributors to port [...]

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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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Port of Los Angeles enters alliance with Auckland, Guangzhou

A newly-signed agreement between officials representing the ports of Los Angeles, Auckland, New Zealand and Guangzhou, China calls for greater cooperation between leaders there.

The deal to create a so-called Tripartite Ports Alliance between port officials for the three cities was signed Thursday at a summit. The meeting followed Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s November [...]

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Kalmar delivers first 5th generation automatic stacking cranes for TraPac in LA

Cargotec news release:

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has received an order from TraPac, Inc. to deliver two new 5th generation Kalmar automatic stacking cranes (ASCs) for the expansion of TraPac’s automated terminal in Los Angeles.

The cranes will join a fleet of 27 Kalmar ASCs and 28 Kalmar automated straddle carriers managed by the [...]

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Port of LA to test 'Uber'-like Cargomatic service

The Port of Los Angeles, the largest U.S. container cargo facility, announced testing of a load-matching service that is designed to speed container cargo shipments through the port.

Cargomatic markets its highway shipment approach as similar to Uber’s ride-sharing service. The port service, known as Cargomatic “Free Flow,” is designed for participation by any cargo [...]

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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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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 Los Angeles police chief pleads not guilty to federal corruption, tax charges

The chief of police for the Port of Los Angeles pleaded not guilty Friday to federal corruption and tax charges.

Ronald Jerome Boyd, 57, of Torrance, was indicted last month in Los Angeles on charges of wire fraud, making false statements to the FBI and tax evasion.

After entering a plea, Boyd was released from [...]

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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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