PMA, ILWU Announce West Coast Waterfront Contract

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Source:  PMA FMCS, Cabinet Secretaries Played Key Roles SAN FRANCISCO (Feb. 20, 2015) – The Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union today announced a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract covering workers at all 29 West Coast ports. The deal was reached with assistance from U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom…

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West Cost Slowdown Updates…

Source: www.ncbfaa.org   Many of our members and their clients are legitimately concerned with developments on the West Coast in the long-running contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). As both sides appear to be digging in their heels for a protracted struggle, the ripple effects…

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West Coast Ports Halt Work for 4 Days in Labor Fight

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Yard and Gate Operations Will Continue; Operations Will be Normal Friday Terminal operators at the West Coast ports will again suspend vessel loading and unloading, but for four days this time, dealing another blow to shippers’ hopes that the labor contract negotiations delaying thousands of containers of goods and merchandise might soon ease.   Port…

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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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