U.S. Senate-Approved Bill Seeks Port Performance Transparency

By David Morgan WASHINGTON, June 25 (Reuters) - A divided Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday approved legislation requiring the government to report on the performance of major U.S. port operations, including during labor contract talks. The voice vote, which follows a nine-month slowdown at 29 West Coast ports, sent the measure on to possible floor action, over the … [Read more...]

Standoff Over – West Coast Dockworkers Approve Five-Year Pact

By James Nash (Bloomberg) -- West Coast dockworkers approved a five-year contract with shippers and port operators, formally ending a months-long stalemate that almost paralyzed cargo movement from November through February. With 82 percent voting yes, members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union ratified a contract with the Pacific Maritime Association, … [Read more...]

West Coast Ports Labor Deal Wins Dockworkers Union Approval

April 3 (Reuters) - A union caucus representing dockworkers at West Coast ports voted to recommend to its members a labor contract deal reached over months of negotiations that led to major disruptions to trans-Pacific trade, the U.S. Department of Labor said on Friday. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union reached a tentative five-year agreement with the Pacific … [Read more...]

Congestion Slowly Easing at U.S. West Coast Ports

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES, April 1 (Reuters) - Cargo congestion at the two busiest U.S. container ports has eased considerably in the six weeks since West Coast dockworkers and shippers reached a tentative labor deal, but port officials said it would take several more weeks for freight traffic to return to normal. The most obvious sign of improved cargo flow through the … [Read more...]

Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach Begin Collaboration Talks

Executives at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles met this week to begin talks about working together to improve the flow of cargo through the largest port complex in the nation. In their first meeting under a formal discussion agreement, the two sides agreed that the primary goal of any collaboration is to get cargo moving more efficiently, setting the stage to discuss … [Read more...]