Longshoreman Labor

Longshoreman Labor

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

Commentary

The International Longshoremen's Association, in opening the door to the possibility of a long-term contract, certainly is looking to capitalize on the congestion and raw memories of the recent past that have put West Coast ports in shipper crosshairs. The ILA, indeed, is preying on that shipper sentiment, and the soon-to-open expanded Panama Canal that could shift more cargo from West Coast to East Coast. And who can blame it? That’s business.

News & Analysis

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.
22 Jul 2015
Congressional proposals to clamp down on longshore unions in reaction to West Coast port slowdowns could backfire, warned the chief attorney for waterfront employers on the East and Gulf coasts.
21 Jul 2015
George Cohen, retired director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, took a curtain call at this week’s International Longshoremen’s Association convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
21 Jul 2015
The chief negotiator for East and Gulf waterfront employers told International Longshoremen’s Association officials that any long-term contract extension would involve “tweaks,” not a total rewrite of the current six-year agreement.
20 Jul 2015
Efforts to repeal the Jones Act in the U.S. are part of a global campaign to weaken cabotage laws and undercut labor, said the president of a union representing U.S. seafarers.
20 Jul 2015
A recently-launched Federal Maritime Commission Section 15 investigation of a terminal operators discussion agreement could have a chilling effect on the mandatory inspection of chassis by International Longshore and Warehouse Union mechanics at West Coast ports.
20 Jul 2015
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett promised ILA convention delegates that any long-term contract extension will protect past union gains.
17 Jul 2015
A union representing machinists is challenging the Long Beach Harbor Commission over a requirement that maintenance and repair work associated with the port’s proposed peak-season chassis pool be performed by International Longshore and Warehouse Union mechanics.