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With PMA and ILWU turning to federal mediation, eventual outcome is far from certain

Logistics Management

With news coming this week that the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) will work with the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in hopes of helping the sides find a way to come to an agreement over stalled labor negotiations, what happens now remains to be seen.

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Now we’re talking: West Coast port labor negotiations get a middle man

Logistics Management

Allison Beck, Acting Director of the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, issued the following statement today on the labor negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA):

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Both PMA and ILWU Agree to Federal Mediation

The Acting Director of the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (Allison Beck) released a statement on Monday night indicating that both the ILWU (International Longshore Warehouse Union) and PMA (Pacific Maritime Association) have agreed to mediation assistance.

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Feds Intervening in West Coast Port Fight

The Hill

A federal mediator is stepping in help try to resolve a labor fight that is threatening the flow of packages at ports along the West Coast.

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ILWU calls for the direct participation of key PMA decision makers in negotiations

Longshore & Shipping News

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) said today that the PMA member carriers sitting on PMA’s Board of Directors need to come to the negotiating table so that direct and constructive dialogue between key decision makers can take place.

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Union urges shipping executives to enter West Coast port talks

Reuters

Brushing aside calls for federal mediation in prolonged contact talks with employers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports, the union for 20,000 dockworkers urged shipping executives on management’s board of directors to take a more active part in negotiations.

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Congestion at ports of L.A., Long Beach is putting a damper on economy

Los Angeles Times

Brutal congestion at the nation’s busiest ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach is throwing a kink into an economy that’s finally kicking into high gear.

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Holiday wish for shippers: U.S. West Coast Mediation

Logistics Management

As with any negotiation, a measure of compromise must be made by both bargaining members. By now, it has become clear that only one side is willing give a little in the protracted struggle between U.S. West Coast port management and dockside labor.

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TSA recommends 26.6 percent Asia-U.S. GRI

Cargo Business Newswire

The members lines of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement recommended raising Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per-FEU starting Jan. 15 — a 26.6 percent increase over the current level.

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Trade groups want federal intervention in West Coast port fight

The Hill

A group of 166 trade associations is calling on President Obama to intervene in a labor fight that is threatening the flow of packages at ports along the West Coast.

The current contract between the union that represents West Coast port workers, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), was supposed to expire in July, but negotiators have thus far been unable to agree to more than temporary extensions.

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