West Coast Dockworkers, Shippers ‘Far Apart’ on Contract

By James Nash (Bloomberg) -- West Coast dockworkers and their employers remain far apart in contract negotiations that have stretched over seven months and no settlement is imminent, a spokesman for shippers, stevedores and terminal operators said. The Pacific Maritime Association that represents port employers made the assessment in a statement a day after 90 leaders of … [Read more...]

Dockworker Slowdown Hits Already Congested Ports of L.A. and Long Beach

By Lynn Doan Nov. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Pacific Coast dockworkers negotiating a new labor agreement have expanded a work slowdown to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the largest shipping complex in the U.S., management said. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union has refused to supply workers to operate yard cranes that place cargo containers on trucks and … [Read more...]

Union Task Force Aims to Replace U.S. and European Mariners Working Offshore Africa

A multi-national labor union group announced a special task force this month aimed at cutting the number of U.S. and European citizens working aboard offshore service vessels active in African waters. The unions want to boost the numbers of African nationals employed, reducing reliance on foreigners to crew the boats vital to the continued operation of the offshore oil … [Read more...]

Baltimore Port Shut Down as Longshoremen Strike on Contract Feud

Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Baltimore’s port ceased operations as 2,000 union longshoremen walked off the job in a contract dispute, snarling imported cargo that included autos from Mazda Motor Corp. and Bayerische Motoren Werke AG. “If an agreement can be reached within the next day or two, we don’t think there will be a huge economic impact,” Richard … [Read more...]

Meet Michael Grimm, Labor’s Favorite Tea Party Republican

Note: This article has been cross-posted from the pro-union Working In These Times blog By Bruce Vail Most of the media attention at the big gathering of construction unions this week in Washington, D.C., will be on President Obama's keynote speech, which he gave [Monday]. But also newsworthy will be the unlikely appearance there of a Tea Party Republican involved in a … [Read more...]