Even though it now looks like it will be sometime in August before a new agreement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and employers is in place, no one is panicking and tensions appear low. Why?
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26 Jul 2014
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association met for three days this past week without concluding negotiations; at the weekend, the parties announced a week-long recess in the talks. German carrier Hamburg Süd announced plans to acquire the container operations of Chile’s CCNI, in a move resembling the deal between larger competitor Hapag-Lloyd and Chile’s CSAV, and Crowley is reported to be in talks to acquire Horizon Lines’ Puerto Rico assets. Earnings reports by U.S. truckload carriers are pointing to a stronger freight recovery in the United States, though rail service continues to be held back. And on Friday, Anne S. Ferro announced her departure from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration after five years leading the agency.
26 Jul 2014
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association have recessed contract negotiations for the coming week so ILWU officers can participate in unrelated contract talks with grain handlers in the Pacific Northwest.
25 Jul 2014
A year-long contract dispute between United Grain Corp. and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union effectively shut down export operations at the Vancouver, Wash., facility this month following a decision by the governor of Washington to withdraw state trooper escorts for grain inspectors.
22 Jul 2014
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union today completed its two-day caucus in San Francisco, and the union will resume contract negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association on Wednesday.
19 Jul 2014
Contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association will resume on Wednesday after a recess Monday and Tuesday for a previously scheduled longshore division caucus.
19 Jul 2014
While it is obvious that beneficial cargo owners shipped early this year through the West Coast in anticipation of the July 1 deadline for contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and waterfront employers, reports of cargo surges at Canadian and U.S. East Coast ports in May and June indicate retailers were also diverting shipments away from West Coast ports.
18 Jul 2014
Contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association will recess beginning Monday for a previously scheduled union caucus.
17 Jul 2014
The impact of importers’ contingency plans to avoid any West Coast labor disruptions tied to International Longshore and Warehouse Union contract talks are showing up in second-quarter import volumes.
15 Jul 2014
Members of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 8 in Portland walked off their jobs for about an hour today, but the dispute was not related to the coastwide ILWU contract negotiations underway in San Francisco.