West Coast Ports Deal a Relief for Trans-Pacific Trade

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES, Feb 21 (Reuters) - A group of shipping companies and a powerful dockworkers union reached a tentative labor deal late on Friday after nine months of negotiations, settling a dispute that disrupted the flow of cargo through 29 U.S. West Coast ports and snarled trans-Pacific maritime trade with Asia. The agreement, confirmed in a joint statement … [Read more...]

West Coast Port Talks Said to Intensify as Labor Secretary Raises Pressure

By James Nash (Bloomberg) -- Negotiators in the nine-month standoff at U.S. West Coast ports are discussing Labor Secretary Tom Perez’s proposal to end a contract stalemate, after Perez told both sides he would move talks to Washington if dockworkers and their employers can’t settle their differences. Perez gave the dockworkers’ union and shipping lines and terminal … [Read more...]

U.S. West Coast Ports Reopen As Labor Secretary Joins Talks – Update

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES, Feb 17 (Reuters) - U.S. West Coast ports that were closed to incoming cargo vessels during the holiday weekend reopened in full on Tuesday as Labor Secretary Tom Perez arrived in San Francisco seeking to broker a settlement ending months of shipping disruptions. Perez was sent to meet with the two sides in the conflict at the behest of … [Read more...]

ILWU President: What Gridlock? Don’t Listen to PMA’s Bulls***!

International Longshore and Warehouse Union President Robert McEllrath has released a strongly-worded video message to the ILWU membership on the ongoing stalled contract negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association. In the video, McEllrath accuses the PMA of using lies and tactics to turn the public and locals against them, as well as union members against each other. … [Read more...]

West Coast Port Talks Hit Snag -Source

Update: West Coast Ports May Shut Down Within Days, Shippers Say By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Shipping companies and terminal operators for 29 U.S. West Coast ports appeared to have hit a snag on Wednesday in protracted labor negotiations with the dockworkers' union, calling a news conference to publicly address the status of the talks. The … [Read more...]