Labor

Commentary

There are a number of ideas to solve the congestion overwhelming Los Angeles-Long Beach and ports nationwide, but it will take cooperation from all stakeholders to bring about true progress.

News & Analysis

Port of Philadelphia.
31 Aug 2018
The union said the Ports of Delaware River Marine Trade Association's latest offer was unacceptable because it did not address three main staffing issues.
Port of New York and New Jersey.
30 Aug 2018
The deal, if approved by a majority of the International Longshoremen's Association members, would ensure labor peace on both East and Gulf coasts until at least 2024.
Port of Santos.
03 Aug 2018
An invaded ship is the latest job action by dockworkers at the port of Santos. They say they extend their existing three-day job action that ends Saturday if Brazil’s government does not agree to their pay/pension demands.
Port of Santos.
31 Jul 2018
Just when conditions started to return to normal for shippers who use Santos, stevedores Wednesday will implement a three-day strike aimed at securing an agreed-to pay increase.
Protests block truck at/near JNPT 25 July 2018
25 Jul 2018
Protesters — seeking a special, community-based reservation program for jobs and education — blockaded all main highways and port connecting arteries.
Containers stacked at a port.
24 Jul 2018
Local trade sources said that labor groups are pressing for a reversal of an action by APM Terminals.
The Port of New York and New Jersey.
10 Jul 2018
The East Coast’s largest port, with the most complex negotiations, has reached an agreement. The International Longshoremen's Association wants all such local agreements to be completed before the master contract that covers the ports on both coasts can be ratified.
Port of Montreal.
19 Jun 2018
Shippers that send goods through the Port of Montreal, and other Canadian ports, should be wary that underlying their apparent efficiency is a union contract system that Madeleine Paquin, president and CEO of Logistec, believes could create problems due to its inflexibility and inability to create work practices in tune with a modern port.
A container port in India.
30 May 2018
The provisional settlement came after officials from the Indian Ports Association met union leaders in Mumbai and expressed the government’s willingness to discuss and resolve workers’ charter of demands.
Brazil truckers on strike - May 2018.
23 May 2018
Truckers and others are striking because Petrobras, the state-controlled oil company, has gradually increased diesel prices — by more than 40 percent — over six months, at the same time that the Temer administration has substantially hiked fuel taxes.
Port of Santos.
18 May 2018
One shipping agent based in Santos, who represents a European carrier, said that the Port of Santos has been in “chaotic turmoil for most of this year,” but this week had been “the worst.”
Jawaharlal Nehru Port.
18 May 2018
The coalition of unions wants what it termed "three core job issues" addressed, which it says officials agreed to in August 2017.
The Port of New York and New Jersey.
11 May 2018
Negotiators from the ILA and USMX will try to reach an agreement on local labor agreements, so that talks next month in Florida can focus on the six-year, coastwide deal.
The Port of Santos.
27 Apr 2018
The union has increased it's "all-day strikes" from one day to three days per week, and as a result, up to 4,000 containers are delayed daily, some for up to 21 days.
Port of New York and New Jersey Bayonne.
17 Apr 2018
Shippers concerned that future worker shortages due to Baby Boomer retirements and other factors could impair the ability of ports to handle rising cargo volumes, and diminish their efficiency, might take comfort from efforts at the Port of New York and New Jersey to create a vibrant worker pipeline for the future.
Trucks at the Port of Santos.
13 Apr 2018
The strike, owing to a pay and benefits dispute with Brazil's federal government that dates to November, has increased dwell times at the port to seven days, with some shippers facing up to 14-day delays.
A US truck.
12 Apr 2018
A bill before the California Legislature that would make beneficial cargo owners share in liability for paying wages, fines, and damages to misclassified harbor truck drivers draws Teamsters support and California Trucking Association opposition.
Two cranes at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
12 Apr 2018
The International Longshoremen's Association East Coast and Gulf Coast employer representatives will meet June 5 through 7 in hopes of wrapping up the master and local contracts in advance of the current agreement’s Sept. 30 expiration.
A giant crane awaits a container ship at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
23 Mar 2018
International Longshoremen's Association and United States Maritime Alliance committees report “significant progress” during two days of bargaining on a new master contract that BCOs hope will be settled well in advance of the Sept. 30 expiration.  
09 Mar 2018
Although the International Longshoremen's Association has not had a coastwide strike since 1977, beneficial cargo owners are anxious to have a new agreement in place.
The Port of Santos, Brazil.
02 Mar 2018
Shippers were hit especially hard Thursday by the RF strike on the border of Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina, its Mercosur trade bloc neighbors. There, 200 trucks have been stuck at the border at Ponta Porã, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, since Wednesday morning.
02 Mar 2018
NRF-led coalition tells ILA and USMX cargo loss is imminent if they do not resume contract negotiations soon.
A container ship.
27 Feb 2018
The dispute, which has arisen annually during the past several years, comes as shippers, carriers, and ports prepare for the 2018 Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway shipping season, which runs from late March through the end of the year.
13 Feb 2018
Gothenburg's long-running labor dispute is having a devastating effect on the port, slashing its volume and eroding its competitiveness.