Led by the above-trend growth in the United States, the global economic expansion continues. That should make 2018 a promising year for container shipping, right? Not quite. Consider: ocean carriers' perennial efforts to increase market share, rising fuel costs, ditto for charter/feeder/inland costs, and the threat of a trade war.
News concerning the maritime port and labor industry including employment, unions and more.
News & Analysis
14 Nov 2019
West Coast employers are somewhat hopeful the ILWU will view the unprecedented $93 million judgment in Portland as a wakeup call to improve labor relations and stop the bleed of cargo to ports on other coasts.
23 Sep 2019
A hearing into whether a strike or lockout would be so disruptive to the Port of Montreal that it should be prohibited will continue after the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) rejected a claim by employers that a board member had shown a pro-union bias.
20 Sep 2019
How the US and Canadian governments respond to anti-automation pressure from longshore unions will have ramifications beyond the shaping of public perception, affecting everything from permitting processes to federal grant funding for autonomous equipment upgrades.
28 Aug 2019
A union-sponsored report on automation in Vancouver and Prince Rupert cites the potential reduction of 50-90 percent in longshore jobs as terminal operators seek to reduce operational costs, especially labor.
06 Aug 2019
Waterfront employers and ILWU Canada say their new contract will enable Vancouver and Prince Rupert to grow through automation while ensuring dockworkers are properly trained for new job opportunities.
30 Jul 2019
The lead investor in a container support facility in Los Angeles criticized the port for what he termed giving in to political and ILWU pressure by declaring a key efficiency initiative known as the Harbor Performance Enhancement Center to be “infeasible.”
25 Jul 2019
Harold J. Daggett, who led negotiations for the International Longshoremen’s Association that forged the six-year master contract banning automated terminals from ports on the East and Gulf coasts, was re-elected as the union’s head at its convention Thursday.
18 Jul 2019
A tentative agreement between ILWU Local 13 and APM Terminals assures that dockworkers will be re-skilled or up-skilled for the jobs of the future created by automation.
18 Jul 2019
Ongoing labor tension between dockworkers and DP World Australia ratcheted up on Thursday after the company said it would cut 10% of its workforce. Shippers, meanwhile, are feeling the impact of ongoing strike action by dockworkers.
17 Jul 2019
Three months after a federal court voided the 2018 results of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union’s election of top officers, the union is still awaiting instructions for holding a new election.
11 Jul 2019
The vote, following more than four hours of heated and oft-raucous debate on Wednesday, is more symbolic than impactful
08 Jul 2019
Groups representing truckers, BCOs, and railroads announce support for APM’s automation project at the Port of Los Angeles as the harbor commission prepares for a crucial vote on Thursday.
04 Jul 2019
Five North American terminals have automated to date, although growing vessel sizes and container exchanges at the busiest gateways have terminal operators at least considering the possibility they will need either full or semi-automation to continue growing.
03 Jul 2019
A California bill that would allow a state agency to block port automation comes as the ILWU is challenging plans by APM Terminals to automate a 100-acre portion of the Port of Los Angeles’ Pier 400 facility for refrigerated containers.
24 Jun 2019
ILWU Canada overwhelmingly approved a new contract for the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert, which should guarantee labor peace pending approval from the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association.
20 Jun 2019
Amid intense scrutiny from longshore unions throughout North America, the LA harbor commission on Thursday approved a construction permit at APM Terminals Pier 400 that will open the door to a scalable type of automation that could be incorporated into smaller terminal operations in other ports.
05 Jun 2019
The tentative contract agreement between ILWU Canada and BCMEA could open the door for future automation of terminals in Vancouver and Prince Rupert.
31 May 2019
The Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor has the authority to issue subpoenas to members of the International Longshoremen’s Association in connection with a 2016 wildcat strike, a federal appellate court has ruled.
30 May 2019
Operations at the Port of Vancouver will resume at 4:30 p.m. local time thanks to a tentative new labor agreement between the BCMEA and ILWU Canada.
29 May 2019
Negotiations have resumed between the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and ILWU Canada, but dockworkers at the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert could still be locked out at 8 am Thursday morning.
28 May 2019
Waterfront employers have informed ILWU Canada they will be locked out of the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert at 8 a.m. Thursday if contract negotiations remain at a stalemate.
27 May 2019
ILWU Canada has scaled down its threatened strike at Deltaport and Vanterm terminals in Vancouver to just a refusal to work overtime at those facilities.
24 May 2019
A work stoppage at the two largest container terminals in Vancouver would be devastating for a port whose facilities are already operating at 85 percent utilization. In the terminal operating industry, 80 percent utilization is considered the limit before service begins to decline.
10 May 2019
ILWU Canada voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if necessary, but the union and employers have agreed to continuing bargaining until at least the end of May in contract negotiations that have been under way since February 2018.
09 May 2019
The Port of New York and New Jersey and other ports along the Gulf and East coasts are looking at how to reduce the cost and productivity loss that occurs when longshoremen hired for the weekend are unable to work due to vessel delays.
07 May 2019
Longshore workers in Canada are turning up the heat on the employers’ association in Vancouver as negotiations that began in February 2018 still have not replaced the contract that expired more than a year ago.
30 Apr 2019
Supply chain stakeholders in the Port of Oakland argue that the development of a new baseball stadium on port property will disrupt trucking and rail operations, potentially bringing the port to “gridlock.”
16 Apr 2019
The Los Angeles Harbor Commission has again delayed a decision on APM Terminals' plan to automate a portion of its Pier 400 facility in the Port of LA, giving the terminal operator and the ILWU 30 days to reach an agreement on how best to proceed with the project.
04 Apr 2019
Members of the Maritime Union of Australia and DP World Australia have agreed to return to the negotiating table to work on a new agreement on pay and working conditions.
03 Apr 2019
The International Transport Workers’ Federation has joined the ILWU in urging Maersk to consider the social and economic impacts of its automated terminal project in Los Angeles.
27 Mar 2019
Bill Mongelluzzo, senior editor
27 Mar 2019
Labor unions involved in the Europe-wide protest action will march on Brussels today to highlight concerns ahead of the EU elections in May.
22 Mar 2019
The Los Angeles harbor commission has put plans to automate a portion of APM Terminals’ Pier 400 facility on hold, but the delay is likely just a temporary setback.
22 Mar 2019
Union officials are hoping port operators return to the negotiating table, but with little disruption resulting from the strike, it’s unlikely employers will be open to negotiation.
18 Mar 2019
Members of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) at the ports of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Fremantle are protesting a DP World decision to cease providing workers with income protection insurance.
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