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August 20, 2004 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
In an atmosphere resembling a low-budget game show, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach began the process Thursday of turning more than 300,000 applications from around the world into 3,000 high-paying dockside jobs. Inside an auditorium at the L.A. port's administration building, a bin the size of a small school bus held hundreds of thousands of postcards mailed from across the nation and countries as distant as Serbia, Australia and Singapore.
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BUSINESS
August 18, 2004 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Hundreds of thousands of applications have poured in for 3,000 temporary jobs at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles -- about 10 times as many submissions as expected -- underscoring just how hungry people are for high-paying work in a weak labor market. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union was so concerned about the crush of applicants that it asked a mediator Tuesday whether the hiring process could be delayed to ensure that everything runs smoothly.
BUSINESS
September 3, 2004 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
The tools of Adrienne Lopez's new trade are a mix of steel poles, turnbuckles and metal locking cones that looks as difficult to master as a set of Rubik's cubes. Under the watchful eye this week of a veteran longshoreman instructor, Lopez lifted two 53-pound metal bars and secured them to both ends of a shipping container in a parking lot that served as a makeshift maritime academy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The City Council on Friday told the federal government to stay out of the labor contract disputes at the port of Los Angeles and other West Coast harbors. The action came in response to reports that the Bush administration may invoke the Taft-Hartley Act to head off work stoppages. The Pacific Maritime Assn., representing the port operators, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, representing the dock workers, have been negotiating for a new contract since June.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2002 | Nancy Cleeland
Federal mediators hoping to settle a labor dispute between West Coast dockworkers and their employers are set to tour terminals in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and possibly others, early next week before calling both sides back to the bargaining table. Peter J. Hurtgen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, met Wednesday with negotiators for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and Thursday with officials of the Pacific Maritime Assn.
BUSINESS
November 3, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The longshore union and shipping industry reached a tentative agreement on technology -- the stickiest issue in their prolonged labor dispute -- early Friday, after all-night talks with three federal mediators and a top AFL-CIO official. No details were released on the deal, which many saw as a breakthrough in the stalemate that has disrupted commercial trade along the West Coast for more than a month.
BUSINESS
November 29, 1999 | Bloomberg News
Ocean shipping companies face a one-day West Coast port shutdown Tuesday as port workers intend to protest this week's World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle. The International Longshore & Warehouse Union plans the action to protest WTO's support of worldwide free trade, the Journal of Commerce first reported last week. A stoppage would halt port activity on the heaviest shipping day of the week in Southern California ports, the nation's busiest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1997
Other waterfront unions pledged support for striking port pilots Friday as city officials rejected the strikers' latest contract proposal, an attorney said. The pilots lowered their salary request from $195,000 a year to the $160,000 range, but city officials "indicated they were not interested," said union attorney Beth Garfield. As the labor dispute reached its 64th day, three International Longshore and Warehouse Union locals pledged $120,000 in financial assistance to the 10 striking pilots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1997
Longshore workers at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles joined other West Coast dockworkers Monday in an eight-hour work stoppage to show solidarity with dockworkers in Liverpool, England. Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Locals 13 and 63, refused to work between 6 p.m. Monday and 2 a.m. today, demanding the reinstatement of Liverpool dockworkers who were fired during a work dispute two years ago.
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