Longshoreman Labor

Longshoreman Labor

News concerning the maritime port and labor industry including employment, unions and more.

Commentary

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 & Analysis

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor, Trans-Pacific, JOC
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.
15 Mar 2019
Harold Daggett, leader of the East and Gulf coast longshore labor union, is seeking a third term just over a year after striking a coastwide master contract with employers banning automated terminals.
13 Mar 2019
Sources tell JOC.com the strike might be the “final hurrah” for the OGMO dockworker labor pool at Santos, as terminal operators prepare for life without the freelance laborers despite the strike's apparent impact on productivity.
12 Mar 2019
US West Coast terminal operators see ILWU resistance to the deployment of automated yard equipment at APM Terminals Pier 400 in Los Angeles as an end-run around its own contract, which not only allows for automation but states dockworkers “will not interfere with implementation.”
05 Mar 2019
As a strike by freelance longshoremen continues, terminal operators at Brazil's busiest container port fear a repeat of last August, when dockworkers invaded a CMA CGM vessel.
04 Mar 2019
Under the new program, ILA gangs will be responsible for increasing their productivity by about one move per hour each year, and teams that don't meet their goals will face additional reviews or even be removed from rotation.
01 Mar 2019
Dockworkers from the OGMO freelance labor pool in Brazil’s busiest container port are protesting the elimination of regulations mandating at least 25 percent of longshore work be performed by OGMO members.
22 Feb 2019
The ILWU agreed to postpone a decision on a construction permit to automate a portion of APM Terminal's Pier 400 in Los Angeles, but this is likely a temporary setback as the union's coastwide labor contract allows employers to automate at will.
15 Feb 2019
Rising cargo volumes and retirements have prompted the Port of New York and New Jersey to hire more than 650 longshoremen and checkers.
14 Feb 2019
Auto-strad technology gives terminal operators considering automation a scalable model that is less costly than using automated stacking cranes and automated guided vehicles.
08 Feb 2019
The head of the ILA head vows production improvements as part of a union-USMX master contract that prohibited automation in East and Gulf coast ports
07 Feb 2019
The action, which involves both private and public sector union workers, will affect all transport providers in Europe's second-largest container port as well as Brussels Airport.
06 Feb 2019
The Canadian Industrial Relations Board will hear arguments from the longshore union and employers regarding whether the port of Montreal should be considered an “essential service,” and therefore not subject to a strike or a lockout.
The Port of Los Angeles.
25 Jan 2019
Mega-ships and California environmental regulatory pressure is pushing APM Terminals to automate 100 acres of its Los Angeles facility.