Weekly wrap-up for July 5, 2014: ILWU-PMA negotiations, US West Coast slowdowns

| Jul 05, 2014 11:37AM EDT

Weekly wrap-up for July 5, 2014

Events on the U.S. West Coast dominated the news this past week, as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association continued negotiations toward a new coastwide contract. As expected, no agreement was reached by the July 1 deadline, but the two parties pledged to worried shippers that there would be no disruptions despite the lack of a contract. Still, that may be small consolation to those dealing with an unrelated slowdown at the TraPac terminal at the Port of Los Angeles, where longshoremen were “hard-timing” the terminal in a dispute over automation, or to those affected by the “terrible congestion” in the LA-Long Beach port complex produced by other causes. And as the July 4 holiday approached came word that Teamsters-backed organizers are planning pickets at the ports on July 7 targeting three drayage companies.

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What’s ahead?

The potential picketing at LA-LB looms large for Monday, and of course JOC will provide continuing coverage of the ongoing ILWU-PMA negotiations.

Other stories in the works:

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  • The continuing evolution of the U.S. chassis situation at ports
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