Events on the U.S. West Coast dominated the news this past week, as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association continued negotiations toward a new coastwide contract. As expected, no agreement was reached by the July 1 deadline, but the two parties pledged to worried shippers that there would be no disruptions despite the lack of a contract. Still, that may be small consolation to those dealing with an unrelated slowdown at the TraPac terminal at the Port of Los Angeles, where longshoremen were “hard-timing” the terminal in a dispute over automation, or to those affected by the “terrible congestion” in the LA-Long Beach port complex produced by other causes. And as the July 4 holiday approached came word that Teamsters-backed organizers are planning pickets at the ports on July 7 targeting three drayage companies.
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From the archives
20 years ago in JOC: The director of a French stevedoring firm caught up in a labor dispute narrowly escaped death when shots were fired into the company’s office.
10 years ago in JOC: The Georgia Ports Authority named Curtis J. Foltz chief operating officer; Foltz now serves as executive director of the port authority.
The potential picketing at LA-LB looms large for Monday, and of course JOC will provide continuing coverage of the ongoing ILWU-PMA negotiations.
Other stories in the works:
- Logistics and China’s industrial real estate market
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s efforts to revitalize the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)
- The continuing evolution of the U.S. chassis situation at ports
- Latest trends in U.S. containerized exports
- More on the Top 100 importers and exporters