October 6, 1999 |
A federal administrative law judge ruled Tuesday that one of the nation's major seafaring unions violated federal labor law by coercing employees of a Redondo Beach oil tanker service into joining the union without an election. Judge Frederick C. Herzog of the National Labor Relations Board concluded that the Seafarers International Union engaged in unfair labor practices in March when it tried to recruit employees of Gulf Caribe Maritime Inc.
September 17, 1999 |
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.
July 16, 1999 |
Longshore workers and shipping companies agreed to a new labor contract late Thursday, clearing the way for the resumption of normal cargo operations at West Coast ports that have been plagued by work stoppages and slowdowns for the last 10 days. After almost two months of bargaining in San Francisco, the powerful International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Assn.
July 14, 1999 |
With contract negotiations heading into their eighth week, slowdowns by dock workers have spread to all major West Coast ports, where the movement of cargo at many terminals is taking at least twice as long as usual, according to shipping company estimates. The persistent slowdowns have become a concern for many of the nation's largest retailers, who fear that the pace of work will trigger delays and transportation bottlenecks as the country heads into the busiest shipping season of the year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1999 |
They combine the role of boss and worker, administrator and laborer. Together, the three longshoremen who form a majority on the Port of Hueneme's harbor commission are unique: At none of the other 108 ports in 28 states and five U.S. territories do the laborers who work the docks also run the port. "It's the only one now," said Rex Sherman, chief researcher at the American Assn. of Port Authorities in Virginia. "And I think that it may be the first ever."
July 9, 1999 |
As a work slowdown continued in the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, longshore workers returned to their jobs in Oakland on Thursday, ending a two-day shutdown of the nation's fourth-largest harbor. "We are up and running. Things are a bit slow around here, but it's nothing we can't handle," said Debbie Girard, a representative for the Bay Area port.