Labor

Labor

Commentary

There are a number of ideas to solve the congestion overwhelming Los Angeles-Long Beach and ports nationwide, but it will take cooperation from all stakeholders to bring about true progress.

News & Analysis

Port Tampa Bay's CEO Paul Anderson at TPM 2015.
27 Aug 2015
Port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson on the maritime trade industry's recent labor contract issues on the West Coast and the need for more influence on Capital Hill.
05 Jun 2015
A bill introduced in Congress on Friday would empower the president to intervene to halt port labor slowdowns as well as strikes, and would allow state governors to initiate the process for federal back-to-work injunctions.
Maersk container ship under construction
28 May 2015
The cost savings brought by mega-ships are decreasing and might not even be realized as container ships get ever larger, the International Transport Federation warns.
15 May 2015
As truck driver pay moves up by double-digits, trucking operators need to look beyond a decades-old business model for new ways to attract, keep and satisfy drivers. Treating them better is step one, a trucking veteran says. Guaranteed salaries may be another.
13 May 2015
APT Terminals and a dockworkers union offer disputing views on the impact of a labor dispute at Peru's Port of Callao, a major maritime gateway on the West Coast of South America.
Mark Laufer at TPM 2015.
03 Apr 2015
President and CEO Mark Laufer on the need for a paradigm shift in the culture of the shipping industry and what needs to happen to repair the damage caused by 2014’s West Coast port dispute.
16 Mar 2015
The threatened nationwide India port strike is off after the country’s shipping minister promised not to privatise major ports, enabling labor board officials and dockworker union leaders to reach a tentative agreement.
24 Feb 2015
Los Angeles-Long Beach will always be a vital U.S. gateway, but the nine-month labor dispute that helped bring West Coast ports to the brink of being shutdown is making shippers and industry analysts take a hard look at the trans-Pacific supply chain.
05 Feb 2015
With both the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union trying to avoid an employer lockout or a strike by longshoremen, the fate of the current coastwide negotiations could depend on what is largely a local issue.
26 Jan 2015
Congestion and delays at U.S. West Coast ports meant UPS had to scramble to get containerized goods into its inland delivery network and to customers. Higher purchased transportation costs were a factor in lower fourth-quarter earnings.