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Pacific Port Battle: Longshoremen’s Union Is Committing Suicide And Killing Long Beach In the Process

Forbes

The Longshoremen’s union is getting ready to do to LA/Long Beach what the UAW did to Detroit. By wrongly assuming that port operators can be extorted because the Pacific Ocean can’t be moved, the ILWU is badly overplaying its hand. Mediation from Washington may help settle things before they deteriorate into an open strike/lockout, but much of the damage is already done.

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Denisse Gutierrez Joins Sales Team At MIQ Logistics

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., February 17, 2015 – MIQ Logistics is pleased to announce that Denisse Gutierrez has joined its Sales team as Business Development manager for the Los Angeles area. Located in Gardena, Calif., Gutierrez has responsibility for strategic account development and new business efforts.

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Labor Secretary to Help Reach West Coast Port Deal

Supply Chain 247

The move by the Obama administration came after shippers vowed to prevent the loading and unloading of freight through Monday from container ships at the 29 ports, barring a settlement in talks with the dockworkers’ union.

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West Coast Port Lockouts and the Sea’s Importance in the Supply Chain

Supply Chain 247

Lawmakers from both parties are urging President Barack Obama to get involved in the labor dispute that has snarled ports on the West Coast for months.

Container ships are stacked up from Los Angeles to Seattle. And now: Port operators locked out workers Thursday, and they’ll do it again over the upcoming Presidents Day weekend.

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Another Temporary Suspension of West Coast Vessel Operations

Yesterday, the PMA (Pacific Maritime Association) announced the temporary suspension of premium-pay weekend and holiday vessel operations. This impacts 29 West Coast ports on four of the next five days: Thursday, 2/12 (Lincoln’s Birthday); Saturday, 2/14; Sunday, 2/15; and Monday, 2/16 (Washington’s Birthday). The PMA indicated that yard, rail and gate operations would continue at terminal operators’ discretion. 

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Economic Outlook: Stronger growth in 2014 sets the stage for 2015

National Retail Federation

After a cold start to 2014, the year ended on an impressive note with stronger job creation, gains in economic activity, rising retail sales and a more confident consumer. Adding it up, the economy appears to be on solid ground, showing signs of forward momentum.

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Imports Rising Even as Threat of West Coast Ports Shutdown Looms

National Retail Federation

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to rise 10.1 percent this month over the same time last year even as West Coast ports come closer to a possible shutdown due to the lack of a contract with dockworkers, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

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December 2014 Freight Transportation Servies Index (TSI)

U.S. Department of Transportation

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, was virtually unchanged in December  from November, failing to rise after five consecutive months of increases, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS). The December 2014 index level (123.8) was 30.9 percent above the April 2009 low during the most recent recession.

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Charles Suggett Joins Sales Team At MIQ Logistics

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., February 11, 2015 – MIQ Logistics is pleased to announce that Charles Suggett has joined its Sales team as Business Development manager for the Los Angeles area. Located in Gardena, Calif., Suggett has responsibility for strategic account development and new business efforts.

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Cass Freight Index Report – January 2015

Cass Information Systems

North American shipment volumes and total spending on freight both dropped in January, following the pattern we have come to expect in the almost six years since the end of the Great Recession. Overall, the economy was much stronger in 2014, although the strong GDP growth of the second and third quarters was capped with more modest growth in the fourth quarter. The continuing labor and capacity woes at West Coast ports had an impact on shipment volume late in December, which is reflected in the January 2015 indexes.

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