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.
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 8, 1999 |
After almost seven weeks of contract negotiations, longshore workers shut down the Port of Oakland for the second straight day Wednesday and continued work slowdowns in Los Angeles and Long Beach, actions that may portend more serious labor-management tensions at West Coast ports in the days ahead. The job actions by members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union coincide with a break in contract talks with the Pacific Maritime Assn.
June 23, 1999 |
The next week is critical for the highest job-generating "industry" in Southern California, international trade. Negotiations for a new contract between 90 shipping companies that use the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union will go down to the wire. It's almost certain there won't be a strike--a shipper participant in the negotiations says privately that "there is nothing on the table that can't be worked out."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1999 |
In a major setback for women aspiring to become dockworkers, a federal judge on Monday refused to increase or renew long-standing hiring goals for women in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. In a 19-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Robert M. Takasugi denied a request to continue the so-called Golden Decree, a 16-year-old measure that has greatly increased the number of women longshore workers at the county's harbors. It expired Monday.
April 5, 1999 |
Thousands of workers went on strike at Virginia's Newport News Shipbuilding. "We haven't heard a word" from shipyard management, Arnold Outlaw, president of Local 8888 of the United Steelworkers of America, said before workers struck. The union, which represents many of the yard's 9,200 hourly workers, had said it would strike over what it says are insufficient raises in a proposed new contract.