U.S. Ports Near Gridlock on Stalled Contract Talks

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Large ships with cargo at some of the biggest U.S. West Coast ports have slowed to a near standstill. Contract talks with dockworkers’ union remain tense. However, Union officials have denied staging of slowdowns, blaming some of the decisions by management, such as cutting back on night shift workers were responsible for the gridlock. The…

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U.S. Mediators Join Stalled West Coast Port Labor Talks

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U.S. Mediators have agreed to join labor talks at the West Coast ports, goal to restart stalled negotiations between shipping firms and dockworkers. Both sides made a joint request for assistance, Allison Beck, acting as director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, said in a statement. Contract negotiations between shippers and the ILWU, under…

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Congestion At Ports of L.A., Long Beach Is Putting A Damper On Economy

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Significant congestion at the nation’s busiest ports on the West Coast of Los Angeles and Long Beach is throwing a wrench into an economy that has finally gotten back on the right track. The 8-month long traffic jam is hurting retailers, big and small, and other businesses that aren’t receiving their international shipments on time…

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Newsflash: ILWU Will Take Additional Time Before Responding To Call For Federal Mediator

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Source:  AmericanShipper.com Business groups tell Obama that the use of a mediator is imperative in longshore union talks. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union said it will take more time before responding to a call by its members’ employers for a federal mediator to get involved in contract negotiations.  The Pacific Maritime Association made that…

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Shippers Seek US Mediator In Port Labor Talks

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Source:  ABCNews.Go.com The association that represents shipping lines and cargo terminal operators at West Coast seaports says it’s asking for federal mediation in its ongoing contract talks with dockworkers. The Pacific Maritime Association said in a statement Monday that after seven months of negotiations, dockworkers and their employers remain “far apart” on many issues and…

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All Eyes On ILWU Caucus Beginning 12/15

Source:  JOC.com This week’s International Longshore and Warehouse Union caucus in San Francisco may or may not be the end to seven months of contract negotiation that has engulfed the West Coast in disruption and uncertainty. ILWU-PMA contract negotiations in 2014 have now taken longer than bargaining sessions in 2002 and 2008. The most contentious,…

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The US Is Facing A Shipping Port Congestion Crisis

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Source:  BusinessInsider.com Crippling cargo backups at U.S. West Coast ports stretched into a third month amid industry reports on Thursday of prolonged shipment delays for goods ranging from yoga apparel and rice to NBA bobblehead collectibles and frozen french fries. The congestion crisis has been most pronounced at the twin ports of Los Angeles and…

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West Coast Port Slowdown Won’t Halt Holiday Goods

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Source:  Marine Link.com With most holiday merchandise safely in the country despite significant congestion impacting West Coast ports, import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to continue to slow down this month, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.…

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