December 5, 2012 |
Clerks who make $165,000 a year? That's outrageous! So, how much do you make? It's not a question one asks in polite conversation. But for the striking clerical workers at the Los Angeles ports, who agreed to a tentative deal to end their strike late Tuesday, their total compensation became front-page news: an average of $165,000. Except. Did you read that sentence carefully? Did you notice the words “total compensation”? That's right. Sometimes it pays to read the fine print.
December 4, 2012 |
Standing with a picket sign in hand, clerical worker Manny Garcia gestured his thanks to motorists honking in support as they drove past a Port of Los Angeles cargo terminal. Garcia has manned the picket lines at the L.A. and Long Beach ports in shifts since last week, when the 800-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit went on strike. The issue pitting the clerical workers union against their shipping line employers is concern over outsourcing jobs, a charge the Harbor Employers Assn.
December 4, 2012
About 800 clerical workers based at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports find themselves in a position to wreak havoc on the economy of Southern California. Members of a local unit of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, they have gone on strike against the shipping companies that employ them, shutting down most of the cargo terminals at the two ports. The dispute epitomizes the issues confronted by organized labor in a globally connected world: The union is fighting to hold onto jobs that are increasingly threatened by automation and the Internet.
August 15, 2012 |
Cargo numbers for the nation's busiest seaport complex were down by 1% in July, compared to a year earlier. The numbers reflect continued weakness in the U.S. economic recovery during a month in which retailers were moving back-to-school products and had begun to stock their inventories for the November and December holiday retail season. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which share San Pedro Bay, are No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation, respectively, in the amount of imports and exports transported in steel cargo containers.
July 17, 2012 |
The nation's busiest seaport complex closed in on the peak cargo shipping season with a moderately strong showing last month. June is typically a busy month for cargo traffic at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which rank first and second, respectively, in the U.S. in the movement of cargo containers. Port officials said that they are hedging their bets about what the numbers signaled given recent negative economic news. "We're hesitant to read too much into this given the state of the economy," said Art Wong, a spokesman for the Port of Long Beach.
June 15, 2012 |
Cargo volumes through the nation's busiest seaport complex were flat in May compared with the same month a year earlier, but international trade experts said that trade numbers should improve in June. Import cargo through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which rank first and second in the U.S., respectively, dropped 2.4% in May to 620,659 containers compared with May 2011. Exports were down 0.08% to 314,190 containers. Empty containers headed back to Asian manufacturing centers were up, but not enough to shove the numbers into positive territory.