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...]

U.S. West Coast Dockworkers to Talk Contract Extension with Shippers

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Shipping companies and a powerful dockworkers union have agreed to discuss a possible extension to a contract reached last year, ending labor strife that disrupted U.S. West Coast ports and bogged down cargo trade with Asia for months. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association … [Read more...]