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Congressional group voices concern over stalled labor talks to PMA and ILWU leadership

Posted 11/24 · 11:36 AM · LM Editorial
While the ongoing labor negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) ostensibly going from bad to worse, following the ILWU’s announcement late last week that it was halting negotiations from November 20 through November 30, a Congressional group last week penned a letter to PMA and ILWU leadership expressing concern over the state of the negotiations.
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U.S. West Coast ports face new crisis as dockworkers cease contract negotiations

Posted 11/21 · 09:52 AM · LM Editorial
Three weeks after initiating a coordinated series of slowdowns that have mired the major West Coast ports of Tacoma, Seattle, Oakland, Los Angeles and Long Beach, the ILWU has pushed away from the bargaining table.

Will Obama invoke Taft-Hartley?

Posted 11/19 · 04:43 PM · LM Editorial
The Agriculture Transportation Coalition has asked the Administration to bring in a federal mediator to help resolve the negotiations, and if a strike or lockout occurs, the AgTC advocates the rarely-invoked Taft-Hartley Act.

Nation’s major Ag shippers alarmed by West Coast port congestion

Posted 11/19 · 10:47 AM · LM Editorial
While U.S. manufacturers and retailers have been bemoaning the ongoing labor/management crisis at West Coast ports, the situation is becoming increasingly dire for U.S. agriculture and forest products exporters.
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Teamsters may muscle in while SoCal ports struggle

Posted 11/18 · 09:04 AM · LM Editorial
A new threat to U.S. West Coast port productivity surfaced yesterday, as the Teamsters began organizing independent owner-operated truckers.

New Challenge For Transpacific Supply Chain Managers:  “Congestion” Charges

Posted 11/17 · 08:59 AM · SCMR Editorial
A number of container lines operating between the U.S. and Asia say they intend to implement congestion charges of up to $1,000 per 40-foot container (FEU) for cargo moving via U.S. West Coast ports, effective November 17, 2014, in response to labor-related terminal delays.

U.S. West Coast Ports Try to Stay Above the Labor/Managment Fray

Posted 11/11 · 09:23 AM · SCMR Editorial
Analysts also suggest that West Coast port efficiency has been strong up until recently.

Port of Portland invests in export infrastructure

Posted 11/07 · 04:15 PM · LM Editorial
No congestion issues here, as gateway looks for more outbound bulk and breakbulk options

U.S. West Coast ports try to stay above the labor/managment fray

Posted 11/07 · 03:19 PM · LM Editorial
While shippers are understandably shaken by the impasse in U.S. West Coast dockside labor talks, port authorities are resolute in taking a neutral position on the issue.

Angry rhetoric in West Coast dockside labor negotiations intensifies

Posted 11/05 · 03:01 PM · LM Editorial
As contract negotiations resume today between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), a war of words and allegations has escalated in the trade press.

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