Having agreed with Evergreen America Corp. on an initial contract covering four port captains and a port engineer, the International Longshoremen's Association is waiting to see whether the deal will be undone by a federal appeals court. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is considering Evergreen's claim that the workers are managers who are ineligible to unionize. If Evergreen prevails in court, the company's contract with the ILA is void. Evergreen isn't the only company watching the court case. The ILA has declared its intention to organize port captains and office workers of other carriers' East Coast offices and has initiated campaigns to organize port captains of Cosco, Yang Ming and Hanjin. Like Evergreen, those companies contend that the port captains - whose duties include planning vessel stowage - are managers.

While it tries to sign up new members, the ILA is preparing for its quadrennial convention July 21-24 in San Juan. Someone else also has been busy in advance of the event. The ILA's secretary-treasurer, Robert E. Gleason, reports that an unauthorized organization, billing itself as The Longshoremen's News, has been soliciting shipping and management groups in a scam to collect money for convention-related advertising. Gleason said the organization is not sanctioned by the ILA and that anyone receiving such a solicitation should disregard it and contact him.

Yellow Corp.'s planned acquisition of Roadway Express (Story, page 48) will have no impact on Roadway Air, the trucker's airfreight service, according to Roadway spokesman John Hyre. "Each company is going to operate as it has in the past," he said. But the combined company will be comparing best practices at the two units, with an eye toward improvement. Yellow's analysis of Roadway Express could have major implications for Integres Global Logistics, a forwarder formed two years ago by Jim Hartigan, former vice president of cargo at United Airlines. Roadway Express is a principal investor in Integres, and Roadway Air is its top customer.

Shippers, truckers and terminal operators in Southern California are moving closer to the goal of permanently extending gate hours in order to relieve congestion in Los Angeles-Long Beach. A seminar on the issue will be held Aug. 14 in Long Beach by the Waterfront Coalition, a national organization representing importers and exporters; the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, which represents carriers and terminal operators; and the two ports. The Waterfront Coalition has been promoting a pilot project to encourage shippers to move enough cargo in the off-hours to make extended gates economically feasible for the terminals. The involvement of the ports and the PMSA is expected to add momentum to that effort. "We're creating dialogue at the executive level to bring importers together with the maritime sector and truckers," said Tom Teofilo, PMSA vice president in Long Beach.

The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has added money laundering and other financial crimes to its responsibilities. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge told the New York Federal Reserve last week that the bureau will be home to a new federal program, "Operation Cornerstone," designed to identify vulnerabilities in the financial systems through which criminals launder money. Operation Cornerstone will be a public-private arrangement designed to eliminate industry-wide security gaps, Ridge said. Traditionally, the Secret Service has had responsibility for financial crimes. Both the Secret Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau are now in the Department of Homeland Security.