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US Women Dockworkers Accuse Shippers, Union of Discrimination

losing seniority and suffered a miscarriage, according to her complaint.   The dockworkers made the allegations with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents major shippers and terminal operators, as well as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), one of the women's lawyers said.   Gillian Thomas, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer representing the women, said the claims could ultimately involve hundreds of women.   Legal claims involving gender and pregnancy discrimination are not uncommon but

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US West Coast Dockworkers, Shippers to Talk Contract Extension

representing dockworkers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports have agreed to talks on a possible extension of their current contract, which is set to expire in mid-2019, the two sides said in a joint statement on Tuesday.   Negotiators for the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union tentatively plan to meet on Nov. 1-2 to discuss the proposal, which comes about 19 months after a contract settlement that capped months of labor strife and shipping disruptions at the ports.   Severe cargo slowdowns, blamed by each side on the other as pressure tactics

U.S. BTS Seeks Nominations for Port Performance Working Group

, BTS is seeking nominations for a representative of the following: the rail industry, the trucking industry, the maritime shipping industry, a labor representative for each industry (rail, trucking, and maritime shipping), the International Longshoremen’s Association, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, a port authority, a terminal operator and the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Nominations must be received within 30 days of the Federal Register notice and may be emailed to BTS Director Patricia Hu at portstatistics@dot

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NLRB Holds ILWU Guilty of Labor Law Violations

  For the second time in ten weeks, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has affirmed the decision of an administrative law judge that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU International) and ILWU Local 8 (Local 8) violated federal labor law by engaging in coercive activity directed against ICTSI Oregon, Inc. at Terminal 6 at the Port of Portland. The NLRB concluded that, between September 2012 and June 2013, ILWU members worked in a deliberately slow manner and otherwise interfered with productivity at Terminal 6 and that the ILWU International and Local 8 were responsible

Port Automation Puts Labor on Notice

TEU Growth Forces Efficiency, Productivity Drive When Maersk subsidiary ADP Terminals (ADPT) launched APMT Maasvlakte 2, the world’s first fully automated container terminal in April, it did so against a background of months of acrimonious labor discussions between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and West Coast ports in the U.S. That dispute eventually morphed into a hugely expensive, multi-month slowdown that left customers frantic to move cargo and analysts arguing about its impact on the overall economy.  The impact of that four-month slowdown has been described

Dockworkers Union Leaders back West Coast Ports Labor Deal

  A union caucus representing dockworkers at West Coast ports voted to recommend to its members a labor contract deal reached over months of negotiations that led to major disruptions to trans-Pacific trade, the U.S. Department of Labor said on Friday. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union reached a tentative five-year agreement with the Pacific Maritime Association, representing a group of shippers, on Feb. 20 with the help of a federal mediator and intervention by U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. "With their vote to recommend ratification of the contract

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Status of US West Coast Port Dispute Unclear

Tom Perez joined the talks in San Francisco on Tuesday at the behest of President Barack Obama, who has come under growing pressure to intervene in a dispute that has rippled through the trans-Pacific commercial supply chain and could cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, representing 20,000 dock workers, has been locked in negotiations for nine months with the bargaining agent for shippers and terminal operators, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). Tensions arising from the talks have played out in worsening cargo congestion that has severely

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Imports Rising as Threat of West Coast Ports Shutdown Looms

industries, there are too many jobs that rely on the ports to let that happen. Labor and management need to do whatever it takes to reach an agreement and do it today.” Following negotiations that began last spring, the contract between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union expired on July 1. Despite nine months of ongoing talks, the lack of a contract and other operational issues has led to crisis-level congestion at the ports, and retailers and other businesses asked President Obama in late December to engage with both parties and encourage the

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US West Coast Port Negotiations Hit Snag

; The negotiations, joined in recent weeks by a federal mediator, have coincided with chronic cargo backups hampering freight traffic through waterfronts handling nearly half of U.S. maritime trade and more than 70 percent of imports from Asia.   The companies have accused the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, representing 20,000 dockworkers, of deliberately instigating work slowdowns at the ports to gain leverage at the bargaining table.   The union has faulted the carriers themselves for the congestion, citing changes in shipping practices singled out by port authorities as

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AAPA Welcomes Tentative Chassis Agreement

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)  welcomed news that negotiators for the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have reached a tentative agreement on chassis maintenance and repair, a key issue in concluding a new waterfront contract at West Coast ports. Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO, representing the unified and collective voice of the seaport industry in the Americas, said the association has been working hard to advocate for a quick, fair and equitable settlement of a West Coast port labor contract.

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Federal Mediator Joins US West Coast Ports Talks

opened talks in May and agreed to keep talking after the old contract expired on June 30. The parties said in August they had reached a tentative deal on healthcare benefits but remained at odds over other issues ranging from wages to work rules.   "We are pleased that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association have agreed to enter mediation. It's in everyone's best interest that goods keep flowing and people are working at our ports, which have a profound impact on our regional and national economies," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in

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US Shippers, West Coast Dockworkers Union Resume Contract Talks

for shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 U.S. West Coast ports resumed contract talks with the union for dockworkers on Thursday, as cargo backups continued at the ports, a representative for the labor group said.   Officials from the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union resumed negotiations on Thursday morning at the San Francisco headquarters of the association, said Craig Merrilees, a spokesman for the union. Talks were expected to last all day, he said.   On Wednesday, the two sides huddled separately, two days after the union gave the

Obama Urged to Help Resolve Port Negotiations

In a letter today to President Barack Obama, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) urged the president to take the necessary steps to assign federal mediators to help resolve the ongoing contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), representing West Coast dockworkers, and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), whose principal business is to negotiate and administer maritime labor agreements with the ILWU.   “America’s seaports are absolutely vital to our economy, jobs and international competitiveness.  At this tender

Slow Progress in US West Coast Port Talks

as a contributing factor in chronic cargo backups.   However, neither side has ventured to say how much longer it might take to reach a settlement, and both parties continued to abide by a news blackout on the details of their talks and the issues that divide them.   The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, representing terminal operators and shipping lines at the ports, opened their talks in May and mutually agreed to keep negotiating after their old contract expired June 30.   The parties said in August they had reached a tentative deal

Forward Focused

West Coast Port Slowdown Won't halt Holiday Goods

this month as the holiday shipping cycle winds down. Imports set an all-time record of 1.59 million containers in September as retailers rushed to bring merchandise into the country ahead of any disruption on the docks. The contract between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union expired on July 1, prompting concerns about potential disruptions that could affect holiday merchandise. The lack of a contract and other operational issues have led to crisis-level congestion at the ports, and NRF last month asked President Obama to engage with the parties and

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