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July 2, 2002 | Nancy Cleeland
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 25, 2002 | Nancy Cleeland
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.
July 7, 1999 | Associated Press
Longshore workers shut down the Port of Oakland and slowed work in Los Angeles and Long Beach on Tuesday as negotiators studied a proposed wage and benefits offer from steamship companies and port operators, management officials said. The action, apparently originating with Local 10 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, stopped most activity at the port, which includes 12 cargo terminals serving 33 shipping lines.
September 27, 2002 | Nancy Cleeland
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.
September 17, 1999 | Stephen Gregory
Representatives from labor, management and the shipping industry are scheduled today to discuss the impact on local ports of the recently ratified labor agreement between longshore workers and the Pacific Maritime Assn., which represents steamship lines and terminal operators along the West Coast. The three-year contract, approved Aug. 25 by the International Longshore & Warehouse Union, increases pay, health insurance and pension benefits.
November 14, 1997
The South Coast Air Quality Management District Board will hold a public hearing Saturday on the environmental safety of a new coal and coke facility at the Port of Los Angeles. At issue is whether Los Angeles Export Terminal, a massive new coal exporting facility, should be allowed to leave enormous coke piles in the open air when other ports, including the neighboring Port of Long Beach, store coke in large sheds. Petroleum coke contains known carcinogens.
December 3, 2012 | By Pat Benson and Ronald D. White
The strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach entered its second week Monday. The strike has pitted the 800-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit against some of the world's biggest shipping lines and terminal operators. It has shut down 10 of the 14 cargo container terminals at the nation's busiest seaport complex. Join us for a live video chat at 3 p.m. on the economic impact of the strike and prospects for resolution. Assistant business editor Nancy Rivera Brooks will be talking with Art Wong, a spokesman for the Port of Long Beach.
October 27, 2002 | From Times Staff
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.
May 18, 2007 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
The dockworkers' union and shipping lines said Thursday that they had agreed to early labor contract talks in hopes of reaching an early settlement and avoiding the rancor that had shut down West Coast ports for 11 days in 2002. The joint statement by the Pacific Maritime Assn.
"Hey, tell the wharfinger the gang is hard-timing us and we've got nothing to dray." The trouble at West Coast ports has thrown a spotlight on the colorful language of the docks, spiced with words that date back to the Middle Ages. Here's a sampling: * Drayage: noun. The hauling of goods, usually for short distances, by truck. From "dray," a strong, low cart without sides, for carrying heavy loads.
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