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Employers Reach Agreement with OCU, ending West Coast Port Strike

The negotiating teams representing employers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach released the following statement Tuesday, December 4, regarding the status of negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit (“OCU”):  “Representatives of the harbor employers and OCU officers reached agreement tonight on terms of a new labor contract, ending the OCU’s eight-day strike at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.  Longshoremen who had been honoring the pickets will return to work in the morning.”

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West Coast Port Strike Update

A coalition forty-one associations representing US manufacturers, farmers, wholesalers, retailers, and transportation and logistics providers wrote President Obama and the Congress requesting federal intervention to reopen the nation’s busiest seaport complex. The Coalition urged the President “to take immediate action and use whatever means necessary, including Taft-Hartley, to get labor back to work in the nation’s largest port” as the strike enters its seventh day.

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Latest on the West Coast Port Strike

Federal Mediation and Vessel Diversions

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Los Angeles & Long Beach Labor Strike Update

The talks between the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Employers Association, a group representing 14 steamship lines and terminals, and clerical workers represented by the International Longshore Workers Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit (OCU) broke down last week.  Below is a recap of the situation and information on the status of each terminal.

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Strike idles busiest Port of Los Angeles pier

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Striking workers shut down the largest terminal at the Port of Los Angeles for a second day on Wednesday, ignoring an arbitrator’s order to return to work and raising the possibility of a larger job action that could paralyze the nation’s busiest port complex.

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MIQ Logistics Awarded 3 Year Agreement by Atlas Tubular

Overland Park, KS, November 27, 2012MIQ Logistics announced a new, multi-year service agreement with Atlas Tubular, a provider of high quality oil country tubular goods to the energy industry across North America.

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U.S. Eases Ban on Burma Imports

President Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Myanmar, also known as Burma, where he praised the country’s progress in moving toward democracy and called for further reforms. Ahead of President Obama’s visit, the Treasury and State Departments announced that they were waiving the ban on imports from Burma, although the importation of certain jades and rubies is still prohibited.

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Reid Schultz

MIQ Logistics Executive Appointed to Greater Kansas City Free Trade Zone Board

Overland Park, KS, November 8, 2012MIQ Logistics announces that Reid Schultz, general counsel and chief administrative officer- MIQ Logistics, was nominated and appointed to the board of directors of the Greater Kansas City Free Trade Zone, Inc. (GKCFTZ). Schultz will serve a three-year term as a new Independent Director, effective October 25, 2012.

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East Coast Braces for Hurricane Sandy

TruckingInfo.com

Hurricane Sandy could knock out power and flood highways in heavily populated areas such as New York City and Washington, D.C., as it comes ashore today, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared a regional emergency, allowing for exception from some regulations for motor carriers providing emergency materials.

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Innovative Supply Chain Strategies Presented in New Online Series

Overland park, KS, October 25, 2012MIQ Logistics announces the launch of Rethinking the Supply Chain, a series of podcasts which offer insights into innovative approaches to supply chain management.

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