Longshoreman Labor

Longshoreman Labor

News concerning the maritime port and labor industry including employment, unions and more.

Commentary

Some of the most pivotal developments in U.S. container transportation, such as the first double-stack train in 1984 and the launch of the first post-Panamax vessel four years later (both APL innovations), helped fuel the rise of West Coast ports as the primary U.S. container gateways. Now we’re witnessing another game-changing development potentially on par with those earlier ones, although for the West Coast the impact is the opposite.

News & Analysis

02 Sep 2015
A 24-hour strike by unionized dockworkers has disrupted normal operations at some of the key Indian major public ports, including largest container handler Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, on Wednesday, according to local shipping sources.
01 Sep 2015
After a summer-long buildup of vessels at anchor due to a lengthy labor shortage, the Port of Oakland on Tuesday reported that for the sixth straight day, vessels were not being delayed upon their arrival in port, giving shippers hope that the worst is behind them
26 Aug 2015
New Jersey officials say the driver of a top loader was drunk when the heavy equipment struck and killed a dockworker at APM Terminals’ facility in the Port of New York and New Jersey earlier this month.
19 Aug 2015
The past year was not good for importers and exporters that ship through the U.S. West Coast as they endured horrendous port congestion due to labor slowdowns and employer retaliation. But it was a great year for registered members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union who enjoyed their largest increase in average annual earnings in a decade.
17 Aug 2015
The Pacific Maritime Association sees the medical provisions of the new International Longshore and Warehouse Union contract as a win-win proposition for both parties.
06 Aug 2015
Tyson Foods was forced to redirect beef exports to alternative markets and sell them at lower prices during the recent U.S. West Coast port congestion, CEO Donald J. Smith told analysts.
05 Aug 2015
Hutchison Port Holdings is facing labor backlash on multiple fronts in Australia over plans to slash its workforce and turn to automation in a bid to cut costs, spurring work stoppages for four hours on July 30 in Brisbane and August 3 in Sydney.
24 Jul 2015
Two months after the International Longshore and Warehouse Union contract was approved by the membership of the union and the Pacific Maritime Association, the Port of Oakland is a mess, with an acute shortage of labor causing extensive delays for truckers and shippers, resulting in cargo diversions to Southern California.
24 Jul 2015
Hard to believe, but true: Just three and a half years ago, International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett was in Long Beach, warning the JOC’s Trans-Pacific Maritime conference about “dark clouds” over 2012’s soon-to-begin ILA contract negotiations.
23 Jul 2015
Dennis Daggett, son of International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett, was elected Thursday to the union’s No. 2 post as several other mostly younger ILA officials also were elevated to higher positions.