North America

North America

Weekly wrap-up for Aug. 30, 2014
30 Aug 2014
Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with grain handlers in the Pacific Northwest, ending a two-year battle between the two parties. The day after the grain terminal deal was announced, the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents employers in negotiations with the union on a coastwide container contract, issued a joint statement that the parties had reached a tentative agreement on health benefits. The joint release was but the latest indication that these talks are proceeding much less contentiously than negotiations in 2002 or 2008.
27 Aug 2014
A U.S. appellate court panel ruled that as many as 2,300 FedEx Ground drivers in California and Oregon were employees, not independent contractors, when they worked for the package delivery company in the last decade.
Large waves powered by Hurricane Marie tossed rocks onto the roadway at the Port of Long Beach.
27 Aug 2014
Two cargo terminals at the Port of Long Beach suspended vessel operations because of storm surges.
Made in Canada
27 Aug 2014
Canadian export growth is slated to rise to 4.7 percent this year and 7.7 percent in 2015, as global and particularly U.S. demand builds, non-energy shipments rise, and the Canadian dollar weakens, according to the Royal Bank of Canada.
27 Aug 2014
Truckload operators are increasingly willing to pay more to secure the truck drivers needed to deliver trucking capacity to shipper customers.
27 Aug 2014
Officials at the Port of Hueneme hope that a new funding bill will help them become more competitive in years to come.
27 Aug 2014
A survey of 2,000 truck drivers by National Retail Systems showed that 79 percent listed pay as their top reason for deciding where to work.
27 Aug 2014
The Port of Seattle Commission has selected manufacturing and transportation veteran Ted J. Fick as its next CEO.
Grain elevator
27 Aug 2014
U.S. grain shippers are welcoming the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s collective bargaining agreement with Pacific Northwest grain handlers, but they are still concerned about poor rail service that is hampering their ability to get exports to Asia.
27 Aug 2014
A U.S. agency is imposing big penalties on companies that allegedly fired truck drivers for raising safety complaints, and it’s not the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Drewry’s Hong Kong-Los Angeles container freight rate benchmark was unchanged for the second week in a row at $2,075 per FEU.
27 Aug 2014
Spot rates in the trans-Pacific trade are holding steady as peak-season volumes continue to keep capacity tight on trips to the U.S. East and West Coasts.