Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!



ILWU shuts down LA/Long Beach container terminals

By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
December 04, 2011

International Longshore and Warehouse Union office clerical workers at the ports of Los Angeles-Long Beach broke off contract talks and set up picket lines at four container terminals late last week.  Four terminals are currently shut down.

The latest disruption of services comes as shippers are anticipating the impact of a widespread “Occupy Movement” shutdown of all port operations on the U.S. West Coast on December 12.

While the two developments are unrelated, they still point to the shipper perception that the ocean cargo gateways on the Pacific Rim are vulnerable to political pressures that can have a profound impact on the supply chain.

The Pacific Maritime Association, which negotiates and administers waterfront contracts with ILWU longshoremen, marine clerks and foremen has called upon a local arbitrator to settle the current imbroglio at the LA/Long Beach, but no word has been sent out yet regarding the potential shut downs that may occur when the “occupy” forces make good on their promises.

It should be noted that the ILWU is trying to distance itself from the anarchists comprising the non-union movement, but past statements of “solidarity” have compromised that effort. Further complicating the issue is the role the Teamsters Union may play in the action scheduled for December 12. Up until now, the trucker’s union has been openly supportive of the “occupy” movement, as it furthers its cause to organize independent owner-operators of drayage rigs.

Last month, The General Executive Board of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters unanimously passed a resolution supporting the right of protesters at Occupy Wall Street to assemble.

As to whether a “perfect storm” is expected on the West Coast before Christmas is a matter of conjecture, but many shippers may be reconfiguring their vessel deployment strategies for 2012 to mitigate risk of having cargo delivery delayed or detained.

About the Author

image
Patrick Burnson
Executive Editor

Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Earlier today, the United States Senate signed off on a six-year surface transportation authorization, according to various media reports. The bill, entitled the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act, passed by a 65-34 margin and comes at a time, when the most recent extension for surface transportation funding expires tomorrow, July 31.

Demand for the $500 million in available funding for the United States Department of Transportation’s TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) competitive grant program was easily trumped, with applications for the seventh round of TIGER grants coming in at $9.8 billion, or nearly twenty times the available amount, DOT said this week.

Global logistics managers will be tracking the progress of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks in Maui, Hawaii this week, as negotiating parties hope to finalize the agreement.

As has been noted in recent coverage on this site in regards to Peak Season, one underlying theme has been, and remains, how Peak Season is not what it used to be. That is not to say there will not be any Peak Season-related activity. Make no mistake, there will be and things driving it from the seasonal nature of business activity and cargo flows to higher demand and increased e-commerce activity, among others.

UPS Access Point locations serve as a replacement delivery address when consumers are not at home to receive a package or when consumers want a delivery to go somewhere other than their residence.

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.


© Copyright 2015 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA