Longshoreman Labor

Longshoreman Labor

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

Commentary

By failing to act forcefully on controversial detention and demurrage charges during recent spikes in port and terminal congestion, the Federal Maritime Commission missed a golden opportunity to be relevant.

News & Analysis

ILA workers in Port of Oakland
27 May 2015
Truckers in Northern California Wednesday reported sporadic incidents of mandatory International Longshore and Warehouse Union inspections of trucker-controlled chassis at the Port of Oakland, but the ILWU international headquarters apparently has not yet issued a coastwide mandate on chassis inspections since the new waterfront contract was ratified on Friday.
Port of Callao, APM Terminals
27 May 2015
Replacement labor used by APM Terminals to fill in for striking dockworkers at Peru's Port of Callao has started to affect container operations, according to the labor union's spokesman.
26 May 2015
Harbor drayage companies on the U.S. West Coast feared that a provision in the new International Longshore and Warehouse Union contract mandating longshore inspections of chassis would cause uncertainty and delays for truckers, but they didn’t imagine that it would happen so quickly.
23 May 2015
The West Coast contract agreement that was ratified Friday by the membership of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, while applauded by cargo interests, carriers, ports and truckers, and rightfully so, will have a limited impact on West Coast port productivity and labor relations.
Port of Oakland dock operations
22 May 2015
The membership of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Friday voted overwhelmingly to approve a new contract that should ensure labor peace at West Coast ports for at least the next four years.
container stacks in Long Beach
22 May 2015
Now that the West Coast’s labor problems are behind them, longshoremen and employers must focus on the real chokepoint in marine terminal operations — the container yard, the president of the largest International Longshore and Warehouse Union local said Thursday.
20 May 2015
U.S. West Coast waterfront employers overwhelmingly voted to ratify a five-year contract with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, bringing both sides one step closer to healing the wounds inflicted on shippers during months of congestion.
20 May 2015
A former U.S. Labor Department chief economist is advocating placing unionized port labor under the Railway Labor Act to prevent showdowns with management such as the recent one that nearly crippled West Coast ports.
15 May 2015
The leader of the management group that negotiates with West Coast longshoremen said this week that the negotiating process that yielded months of disruption through February is “not sustainable.”
APM Terminals, Callao, Peru
12 May 2015
Roughly 650 union dockworkers at the busiest terminal in Callao, Peru, the largest container gateway for the west coast of South America, have threatened to begin an indefinite strike Wednesday.