Port of Long Beach Crane Operators Set New Single-Shift Cargo Record

A pair of crane operators at the Port of Long Beach on the U.S. West Coast have set a new productivity record for moving the most cargo using a single crane during one eight-hour shift. The record was set on May 15 when two crane operators working the containership Gudrun Maersk at Total Terminals International's Pier T terminal moved a total of 564 containers using a single … [Read more...]

U.S. West Coast Dockworkers Ratify Contract Extension with Shippers

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES, July 28 (Reuters) - Dockworkers at 29 ports in California, Oregon and Washington are expected to ratify a three-year extension of their contract with shipping companies, union officials said on Friday, in a move likely to ensure labor peace on the West Coast waterfront until at least 2022. Early returns from ballots cast by members of the … [Read more...]

Port of New York and New Jersey Terminals Shut After Longshoremen Walk Off Job

By Joseph Ax and Daniel Bases NEW YORK, Jan 29 (Reuters) - New York and New Jersey's cargo terminals shut down on Friday after more than a thousand longshoremen walked off the job, shuttering one of the United States' busiest port networks. Employees stopped working around 11 a.m. (1600 GMT). The reason was unclear. "To run a picket you need a permit and there wasn't … [Read more...]

Rotterdam Dockworkers Plan Strikes

AMSTERDAM, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Container workers at the Port of Rotterdam have voted to hold a series of 24-hour strikes in December and January in protest at possible job cuts, threatening to freeze the movement of goods through Europe's largest port. Niek Stam, leader of the FNV Havens union, said in a statement members of the union had voted in favour of the strikes to … [Read more...]

Dockworkers End Two-Day Strike at Israel’s Busiest Ports – UPDATE

By Steven Scheer JERUSALEM, May 28 (Reuters) - Israeli dockworkers ended a two-day strike on Thursday that had shut down the country's two main seaports in protest at the creation of new foreign-run ports. Some 2,400 workers had walked out of the ports of Ashdod and Haifa as union leaders went underground and for most of Thursday defied orders from labour courts to return … [Read more...]