U.S. Retail Imports Expected to Surge Ahead of December Tariffs, NRF Says

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to hit their highest level of the year again next month ahead of new tariffs set to take effect in December, according to the Global Port Tracker report released Wednesday by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. New 15 percent tariffs that took effect at the beginning of September on a wide … [Read more...]

Female Dockworkers in U.S. Accuse Shippers, Union of Pregnancy Discrimination

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO, March 29 (Reuters) - Four women dockworkers have filed federal discrimination claims against the shippers' association that runs 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast, saying they unfairly lost pay and seniority after becoming pregnant. Male dockworkers who temporarily left to serve in the armed forces got benefits denied to women on pregnancy … [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 Oakland Reports Huge Decline in Diesel Emissions

The Port of Oakland has reported huge declines in diesel emissions from both ships and trucks as part of a long-term plan to enhance air quality for communities surrounding the West Coast deepwater port.  The findings were revealed with the release of an emissions inventory study released by the port on Friday. The study showed that diesel emissions from trucks serving … [Read more...]