West Coast newspaper editorials are jumping in on the side of Federal mediators joining the stalled-West Coast longshore talks, in a sign that public patience is wearing thin as losses mount for importers and exporters amid continuing delays at ports up and down the coast.
03 Apr 2014
NEWPORT, R.I. — Retailers are stepping up their criticism of management and labor in the upcoming West Coast longshore negotiations, saying they should give shippers the predictability they are looking for by using the time between now and the June 30th contract expiration to get a deal done.
07 Mar 2014
APL’s President of the Americas Region Gene Seroka added his vote of cautious optimism yesterday to a growing list of industry executives who believe the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association will successfully conclude contract negotiations this summer.
06 Mar 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Jurisdictional disputes between dockworkers and other waterfront unions in the U.S. will intensify in the coming years as technology and automation eliminate some traditional jobs, but also create new jobs maintaining and repairing sophisticated new machines, a machinist union executive told the JOC’s TPM conference this week in Long Beach.
06 Mar 2014
Port Logistics Group, which operates more than 5 million square feet of warehouse space near three major port gateways, has been acquired by Endeavour Capital and members of the company’s management team.
05 Mar 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. — An estimated $150 million annual Obamacare tax on the generous health care plans enjoyed by West Coast dockworkers may lead to only a three-year contract rather than a six-year contract to replace the existing collective bargaining agreement that expires on June 30.
04 Mar 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. — The chief negotiator for waterfront employers on the West Coast is optimistic that the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union will reach a contract agreement this summer without a strike or lockout.
24 Feb 2014
Cargo interests are making contingency plans this year to avoid West Coast ports in case contract talks between waterfront employers and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union break down, but at least one port director believes there won’t be a strike or lockout.
04 Feb 2014
Container volumes moving through West Coast ports in 2013 increased 2 percent compared to 2012. Loaded import containers also increased 2 percent, as did loaded export containers, according to numbers posted on the website of the Pacific Maritime Association.
20 Jan 2014
Responding to intense competitive pressures in the maritime industry, the ports of Seattle and Tacoma today filed a discussion agreement with the Federal Maritime Commission that would allow them to gather and share information on operations, facilities and rates.
03 Jan 2014
West Coast employers in 2014 are bracing for what could be the most frustrating contract negotiations they’ve had with the powerful International Longshore and Warehouse Union in decades.