Pacific Maritime Association

Pacific Maritime Association

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The Pacific Maritime Association represents employers at ports and container terminals on the U.S. West Coast. It is responsible for negotiating labor contracts with the International Longshore and Warehous Union, which represents longshoremen at West Coast ports. The East Coast counterpart of the PMA is the United States Maritime Alliance, or USMX.

19 Mar 2015
Lost-time injury incidents at West Coast ports in 2014 declined by almost half compared to the peak year of 2002, according to the annual safety report published by the Pacific Maritime Association.
Port of Oakland
18 Mar 2015
Putting waterfront labor under the Railway Labor Act will be a heavy legislative lift with a divided Congress and a union-friendly White House. And, it’s unclear if such a move would prevent “economic warfare” — whether from union slowdowns and the withholding of labor, or employers’ refusal to hire workers.
13 Mar 2015
Speaking to more than 2,000 attendees at the 15th Annual TPM Conference this month, Matthew Shay, president of the National Retail Federation, called on Congress and the Obama administration to change how unionized port labor and waterfront employers negotiate agreements so “the interest of thousands” can no longer threaten the livelihood of millions.
Port of Oakland
06 Mar 2015
After two weeks of working all-out to clear its worst congestion problem since 2002, the Port of Oakland on Friday reported reduced vessel backups and yard congestion, improved truck transaction times and better terminal productivity.
26 Feb 2015
Container volume at the Port of Los Angeles declined 22.7 percent in January as the largest U.S. port was brought to its knees because of congestion, dockworker slowdowns and restrictions on night and weekend work imposed by employers.
25 Feb 2015
Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., urged the Federal Maritime Commission to investigate the Pacific Maritime Association’s “unilateral” curtailing of night, weekends and holiday hiring of dockworkers during recent West Coast longshore contract negotiations.
Port of Los Angeles
23 Feb 2015
After months of bitter negotiations, and with a tentative waterfront contract that is barely three days old, Southern California political, labor and management leaders on Monday said they will focus now on returning the largest U.S. port complex to normal operations.
23 Feb 2015
With a tentative contract in hand, West Coast ports are easing their way back into full production, although the performance of longshoremen Monday was not consistent up and down coast, according to the Pacific Maritime Association.
Hyundai container ship at Port of Oakland
22 Feb 2015
The grievance machinery in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union contract was back in effect only 24 hours when the area arbitrator in Oakland on Sunday ruled that members of ILWU Local 10 had engaged in an illegal work stoppage.
busy Oakland port, November 2014
21 Feb 2015
The tentative coastwide contract agreement that was reached Friday evening by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, while most welcome, is just the beginning of a long process West Coast ports must endure to recover from the backlog of containers and vessels that have overwhelmed their operations the past four months, and to restore their reputation among shippers.
20 Feb 2015
The mayors of Long Beach and Los Angeles told negotiators for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association to reach a coastwide contract settlement now.
19 Feb 2015
With West Coast ports reporting plunges in container volumes in January, port executives are becoming increasingly vocal in demanding that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association end the impasse in negotiations that is ravaging their ports.
19 Feb 2015
Wal-Mart brought wider attention to how West Coast port congestion is hurting shippers, saying on Thursday that shipment delays are hurting its business and threaten its spring and Easter inventory.
17 Feb 2015
Port of Oakland executives blame a dramatic container volume decline in January on congestion and the inability of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and waterfront employers to agree upon a new coastwide contract.
14 Feb 2015
President Obama is sending Labor Secretary Tom Perez to California to meet with International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association negotiators to help them reach a contract as West Coast congestion nears a breaking point.
Port of Los Angeles, idle cranes
13 Feb 2015
The Obama administration is under growing pressure to prod negotiators to reach a deal on a West Coast labor contract, and to intervene if the ports’ months-long congestion keeps edging toward a total shutdown.
McEllrath encouraging rank and file to stay strong, 2-12-15
12 Feb 2015
The president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union recorded a video message urging members to support ILWU contract negotiators and ignore “bullshit” from the Pacific Maritime Association.
11 Feb 2015
The Pacific Maritime Association said its members will suspend U.S. West Coast vessel operations on four of the next five days rather than provide longshoremen with holiday or weekend pay for “severely diminished productivity.”
Terminal 6, Port of Portland, Oregon
11 Feb 2015
Hanjin Shipping so dominated the container business at the U.S. West Coast Port of Portland that the carrier’s decision to sever direct calls early next month will have a deep impact on a community it has worked with for more than 20 years.
10 Feb 2015
Waterfront employers and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union are making what could be a last-ditch effort to win the hearts and minds — and pocketbooks — of the ILWU rank and file as coastwide contract negotiations may be hopelessly gridlocked.
09 Feb 2015
As negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and waterfront employers drag on, the impact of U.S. West Coast port congestion is rippling far beyond just U.S. supply chains and hampering shippers from Canada to Japan.
09 Feb 2015
A cold chain logistics operator has placed a figure on the steadily worsening U.S. West Coast port congestion, warning that delays and diversions are helping to wipe out shipper profit margins.
06 Feb 2015
Some 40 container ships were anchored at ports up and down the West Coast on Friday, promising more delays into next week and well beyond that after the Pacific Maritime Association announced on Friday that terminals won’t handle vessels over the weekend in an effort to clear backlogs.
warehouse, distribution center
06 Feb 2015
U.S. retailers’ frustration with West Coast port congestion hit a boiling point on Friday after terminal operators announced they would suspend vessel work over for the weekend, in order to clear mounting backlogs of cargo.
06 Feb 2015
U.S. West Coast container terminals will suspend operations on vessels this weekend, on both day and night shifts, at all ports, as they seek to dig out of the container backlog that continues to choke their operations. Terminals, however, will maintain gate and yard operations at their discretion.
04 Feb 2015
Pacific Maritime Association CEO James McKenna on Wednesday released details of the employers’ contract offer to U.S. West Coast longshoremen, a comprehensive offer the waterfront employer group hopes will head off the need for a lockout or strike by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union during negotiations that appear to be at an impasse.
04 Feb 2015
Amid a flurry of rumors that contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse and the Pacific Maritime Association are in danger of collapsing, PMA CEO James McKenna will hold a teleconference at 2 p.m. Pacific today to update the media on the negotiations.
04 Feb 2015
Growing U.S. West Coast port congestion is getting more attention in Washington, D.C., and on Wall Street, as major shippers, including Tyson Foods and Cabela’s, complain about delays and warn about further economic pain if they continue.
03 Feb 2015
Congestion in Los Angeles-Long Beach has reached a crisis stage with 20 container ships stuck at anchor Tuesday in the largest U.S. port complex — and no relief in sight.
Port of Oakland
02 Feb 2015
Overwhelmed by congestion and hampered by International Longshore and Warehouse Union work slowdowns, West Coast ports saw their container volume drop 6 percent in December. For calendar year 2014, the ports were barely able to register a 1 percent gain.
Capitol building
02 Feb 2015
The U.S. Congress is stepping up its pressure on the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association to reach a “swift resolution” to their 9-month-old contract negotiations.
30 Jan 2015
Harbor truckers in Los Angeles-Long Beach are preparing to legally challenge the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and marine terminal operators as soon as union mechanics attempt to detain trucker-owned or leased chassis at the ports under a reported agreement the ILWU reached with employers last week in coastwide contract negotiations.
28 Jan 2015
Vessels are backing up at an alarming rate at West Coast ports due to congested marine terminals and work slowdowns by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
27 Jan 2015
Congestion on the West Coast, which has led to delays of one to three weeks on nearly all trans-Pacific services, has led carriers to inject significant additional tonnage into the trans-Pacific to maintain a semblance of schedule reliability, Alphaliner said.
26 Jan 2015
Negotiators for the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union reached a tentative agreement on the chassis maintenance and repair issue that has been the major roadblock to reaching a new waterfront contract at West Coast ports.