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Tentative contract agreement announced between ILWU and PMA

The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced a tentative agreement that must still be approved by the ILWU membership.

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U.S. West Coast Ports Reach Tentative Deal

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The deal, confirmed in a joint statement by the two sides, was reached after the U.S. labor secretary arrived in San Francisco this week to help broker negotiations that had dragged on for nine months between the shippers and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

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West Coast Port Talks Intensify

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Negotiators in the nine-month standoff at U.S. West Coast ports are ratcheting up discussions as Labor Secretary Tom Perez seeks to move talks to Washington if dockworkers and their employers can’t reach a resolution.

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Truckers With 35,000 Openings Seek Jobless Oil Workers: Freight

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U.S. oil-company job cuts that cost machinery operator Drew Sanford his spot at Halliburton Co. are shaping up as a boon for truckers desperate for big-rig drivers.

Already equipped with a commercial license, the 30-year-old Sanford left North Dakota and landed at Oklahoma City-based Stevens Trucking Co. He is sometimes on the road as long as four days at a stretch, but the working conditions are good, he said, and “I’ll probably just stick here for a while.”

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Shippers, Third Parties Oppose FMCSA’s Proposed Rules Against Truck Driver “Coercion”

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While good in theory, shippers say, the result would be impracticable, expensive, difficult to enforce, and might end up doing more harm than good.

“Even if the rules were legally sound and well-designed (which they are not), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) cannot credibly assert that its proposed rules can be implemented with no costs or other adverse impacts to shippers and intermediaries, or to the transportation system of which the trucking industry is the most important part,” the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council (NASSTRAC) said in comments to the agency.

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

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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

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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

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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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