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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.
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.
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.
When President Bush invoked a rarely used labor law to force the reopening of West Coast ports this week, he struck a double blow: one against what government lawyers argued was a threat to economic and national security, and a second against what pollsters said could be a threat to Republican political security.
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.
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.
October 26, 2002 | Nancy Cleeland
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.
September 5, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
While stalled talks between dockworkers and shipping companies threaten the entire West Coast, the tiny Port of Hueneme secured a bit of labor peace Wednesday night when its unionized employees overwhelmingly approved a three-year contract. The contract with the Service Employees International Union Local 998 covers two clerks, eight maintenance workers and eight wharfingers, who coordinate vessel traffic through the port. The contract was approved by a 13-4 vote.
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.
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