October 26, 2002 |
Longshore union officials denied they were violating court orders by orchestrating slowdowns at West Coast docks, and told the Justice Department that the blame for continuing backlogs of cargo lies with the shipping lines. "The fact is our workers are ready, willing and able to work," said James Spinosa, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which has been in contract talks with the Pacific Maritime Assn., representing the shipping industry.
July 2, 2002 |
Negotiations between transpacific shipping companies and dockworkers continued as the three-year contract covering all U.S. ports along the West Coast expired at 5 p.m. Despite fears of work disruptions by some importers and exporters, both sides pledged to continue talking until they reach agreement, with the thorniest issues continuing to be health benefits and the introduction of technology. The Pacific Maritime Assn.
October 27, 2002 |
The shipping industry turned over to the Justice Department what it calls proof of a "concerted, systematic work slowdown" by the longshore union since West Coast ports were reopened under a federal court order Oct. 9. Despite an injunction calling for work to resume at "a normal and reasonable rate of speed," the Pacific Maritime Assn. said productivity per worker dropped by as much as a third in the first week after the docks reopened.
October 25, 2002 |
Negotiators for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Assn., which represents shipping lines and terminal operators, sat down with a federal mediator for the first time since contract talks broke down last month, leading to a crippling 10-day shutdown of all West Coast commercial ports. Peter J.
September 27, 2002 |
After four months of tense negotiations, the dockworkers union and a group of shipping lines late Thursday blamed each other for a breakdown at the bargaining table that threatens to disrupt commerce at West Coast ports as early as today. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union hinted at an orchestrated slowdown. The union's negotiating committee Thursday urged all union members to follow all safety regulations. The Pacific Maritime Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2001 |
Striking workers in the Port of Los Angeles shut down the nation's largest coal export terminal Thursday, amid charges that the operators are trying to undermine contract talks and discriminating against employees who are staunch union supporters. The action, which began Wednesday night, has halted cargo operations at the Los Angeles Export Terminal, leaving one ship stranded at the dock and several waiting in the harbor to be loaded.