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West Coast Longshore workers overwhelmingly vote to approve new 5-year waterfront contract by 82%

International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)

West Coast Longshore workers have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a tentative contract agreement reached in February with employers represented by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) voted 82% in favor of approving the new 5-year agreement that will expire on July 1, 2019. The previous contract was ratified in 2008 with a vote of 75% in favor.

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Pacific Maritime Association membership signs off on new contract with ILWU

Logistics Management

While the dust continues to settle at West Coast ports after a nine-month labor dispute that saw the two main parties involved–the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union–reach a tentative labor agreement on February 22, the PMA said yesterday that its members voted to ratify a new contract with the ILWU.

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April cargo volumes are mixed at Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach

Logistics Management

While cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB) went in different directions in April, one thing they had in common was that they each are working through the backlog caused by the nine-month West Coast port labor dispute between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union that reached a tentative agreement in late February.

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Imports Settling Down After Surge to Clear Backlog

National Retail Federation

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is returning to normal levels as officials prepare to count votes on ratification of a new West Coast labor agreement that ended months of uncertainty, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

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Shippers to brace for big price hike in Transpacific

Logistics Management

In what is being described as an effort to “restore service levels,” container shipping lines comprising the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) are attempting to pull off a significant rate hike this summer.

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Transpacific Eastbound General Rate Increase (GRI), and Bunker Fuel Adjustments

The following announced levels from carriers are for implemented GRI’s effective for June 1st.

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Update: Port Truck Driver Strike Ends As Remaining Picketers Return to Work

Long Beach Post

The last of the striking Long Beach and Los Angeles port truck drivers ended their picketing today with employees of Pacific 9 Transportation (Pac 9) returning to work.

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U.S. Ports See Costly Delays as Cargo Ships, Volumes Grow

The Wall Street Journal

The Port of Virginia, one of the nation’s largest, was built to handle high volumes of cargo traffic entering and exiting the U.S.

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Port truck drivers strike for second day

LA Times

Some truck drivers who haul goods from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach struck for the second day Tuesday in a protest against four companies they accuse of wage theft.

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Imports Rising as West Coast Ports Recover

National Retail Federation

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to rise 8 percent this month over the same time last year as West Coast ports continue to recover from a backlog of cargo that built up before a tentative new labor agreement was signed, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

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