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  • Are you ready for Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren?

    09/08/2013 5:33:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 49 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 9/8/2013 | William A. Jacobson
    You better at least get ready. There’s a buzz being fed. Warren gave a speech to the AFL-CIO today, and the “draft Warren” talk is starting. Elizabeth Warren is totally wowing @AFLCIO convention, Wonder if she'll enter the race if Hillary, for some reason, doesn't run. #AFLCIO13— Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt) September 8, 2013 @greenhousenyt Outstanding speech. I would not be surprised at all if Draft Warren groups sprung up in Iowa, New Hampshire. — Mike Conrad (@mikeconrad1) September 8, 2013 @greenhousenyt @AFLCIO DEAR GOD YES, PLEASE, YES, OMG, THAT'S WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN #DRAFTSENWARREN (sorry for the caps!) — Organize...
  • Longshore Union Quits the AFL-CIO (It's a sign of things to come)

    09/01/2013 6:48:21 PM PDT · by carlo3b · 43 replies
    LABORNOTES ^ | 08/31/2013 | Mark Brenner
    Longshore Union Quits the AFL-CIO In a surprise move, the 40,000-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union announced its disaffiliation from the AFL-CIO yesterday. The news comes just a week before the federation is set to hold its national convention in Los Angeles, the nation’s biggest port and an ILWU stronghold.. The ILWU, known for its militant traditions and progressive politics, has been drawn into turf wars with other unions in recent years—particularly in the grain export terminals of the Pacific Northwest, where longshore workers have been locked in a high-stakes battle over master contract standards since 2011. - See more...
  • NW grain terminal lockout pits ILWU against strikebreakers(private sector leverage)

    12/23/2012 5:52:24 PM PST · by Be Careful · 7 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 12/23/12 | Richard Read
    Scores of out-of-state strikebreakers wait on high alert in Northwest hotel rooms, ready to replace longshoremen in case of a lockout at grain terminals. Three fully crewed, non-union tugboats protected by armed guards stand by, prepared to keep grain ships docking. In a provocative move, a California company has moored the tugs on the Willamette River near longshore Local 8's Northwest Portland union hall. Quietly, owners of Portland, Vancouver and Puget Sound terminals have spent months preparing for a battle royal on the waterfront, lining up troops and assets like chess pieces. The agribusiness giants have laid legal groundwork for...
  • What the Looming Port Strike Is Really About

    12/21/2012 3:56:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    It's not about jobs. It's not about safety. It's not about improving dockworkers' living standards. The looming, long-planned East and Gulf Coast port strikes are about protecting Big Labor's archaic work practices and corrupt waterfront rackets. Are you ready for a fiscal cliff? The union bosses of an estimated 14,500 workers at 15 ports are preparing to send the economy plunging back into recession over productivity and efficiency rules changes. You read that right. Much more on that in a moment. But first, here's what's at stake. The International Longshoremen's Association's (ILA) grip extends from Boston to Texas to Florida...
  • Who's Your Buddy?

    03/14/2012 7:12:16 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 4 replies
    Grand Rants ^ | 03-14-12 | Stoutcat
    Who’s Your Buddy?Well, if you’re a member of the US International Longshoremen’s Association, that would be Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. Yes, you heard me correctly; an American union (snort) awarded the leader of communist China the title “Best Friend of the American Worker.” China Daily reports: ILA Vice President William McNamara said his association was honored to give the award to Premier Wen to thank China for its great contributions to creating more job opportunities for American workers. The award ceremony coincided with the 10th anniversary of the first direct vessel call to the Port of Boston by China Ocean...
  • Union not keen on new Occupy Oakland port blockade

    12/08/2011 10:19:33 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/8/11 | Andrew S. Ross
    Remember last month's several-hour shutdown of the Port of Oakland - that "historic and effective action" that "lives in the hearts of people across Oakland and around the country," according to Occupy Oakland? Well, on Monday, there's to be an encore, not just in Oakland, but up and down the West Coast, "in solidarity with longshoremen, port workers and truckers in their struggle against the 1 percent," says the group. "We will blockade all of the West Coast Ports on Dec. 12. Together we are unstoppable! Strike while the iron is hot!" it declared in a call to arms. Trouble...
  • Judge fines Longshore union $250,000 over labor tactics (WA)

    09/30/2011 10:43:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Oregonian ^ | September 30, 2011 | AP
    A federal judge has fined a Longshore union $250,000 for its tactics in a Longview labor dispute. ~snip~ Leighton says he rounded down to be cautious and ordered additional penalties for future violations.
  • VIDEO: Longshoremen Assault Police During Protest

    09/28/2011 9:22:20 AM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 6 replies
    MRCTV (Media Research Center TV) ^ | 9/28/2011 | Stephen Gutowski
    Remember a few weeks ago when 500 or more longshoremen stormed a port in Washington state? They were angry not that the port didn't hire union labor but that it didn't hire the right union labor. So they took 6 security guards hostage and trashed the place. Well that thuggery was apparently not enough for these union members. After taking out their anger on the media they have moved back to violence. While blocking train tracks to the port they stormed previously at least two of the longshoremen attacked police officers. The attack was caught on camera:
  • Main rail line shut down between Vancouver and Chehalis, Wash., after reports of track tampering

    09/27/2011 6:56:03 AM PDT · by Bean Counter · 22 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | September 27, 2011 | Katie Mather
    Vancouver, WA - A main rail line in the Portland-Vancouver area was taken out of service for hours Monday after officials received reports of track tampering. The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office said about a dozen locations in a 60-mile stretch from Vancouver to Chehalis, Wash., were tampered with. Local law enforcement agencies were working with railway investigators. Burlington Northern Santa Fe workers discovered the tampering about 11 a.m., said Gus Melonas, a spokesman for BNSF, which owns the line. Several Amtrak passenger trains were delayed as inspectors checked the tracks. At least nine trains, including freight as well as passenger,...
  • Arrests made from Longview, Wash., union protests

    09/13/2011 2:03:30 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 23 replies
    AP ^ | September 13, 2011
    Authorities in Washington have arrested two people in connection with the union takeover of a Longview grain terminal, including a worker caught on video in a vulgarity-laced tirade outside the union hall. The Cowlitz County Sheriff's office says 45-year-old Ronal Patrick Stavas, of Kelso, is accused of assaulting a guard and breaking into the EGT terminal on Thursday. He was arrested for first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, intimidating a witness and sabotage. Bail was set at $50,000. Witnesses identified Stavas on the KGW-TV video. Authorities also arrested 39-year-old Shelly Ann Porter, of Longview, for trespassing when she blocked a train. She...
  • Meet the Democratic Party, Up Close and Personal (Bad Language Video Warning)

    09/10/2011 7:27:35 AM PDT · by Malone LaVeigh · 15 replies
    Powerline ^ | September 9, 2011 | John Hinderaker
    We linked yesterday to Dana Loesch’s post on a violent attack by union longshoremen in Washington: Earlier this morning 500 or so members of the AFL-CIO stormed a port in Washington, vandalized the facility, reportedly cut the brake lines of train cars, and held six guards hostage. Shockingly, no one was arrested. Earlier that week a judge issued a restraining order against this same group after they clashed with police while brandishing bats and issuing death threats. Remarkably, this union violence seems to have received hardly any national news coverage. Local reporters did follow up on the story, however, and...
  • Cowlitz County sheriff Friday posts bulletin about alleged crimes of union protesters

    09/09/2011 9:28:42 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 44 replies · 1+ views
    The Columbian ^ | 9/9/2-11 | Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office
    News Release from: Cowlitz Co. (WA) Sheriff's Office SHERIFF GIVES MORE INFO ON PROTEST INCIDENT-CAR JACKING Posted: September 9th, 2011 6:01 PM Kelso, WA - With officers far outnumbered by protesters, Sheriff's deputies, police officers and Washington State Patrol troopers had to back off to a defensive position during Wednesday's ILWU rally due to threats to their safety. "Our teams of 4 or 5 officers were confronted by baseball bat and axe handle wielding protesters." Said Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson. "They had their protest signs attached to bats and axe handles. When we attempted to make simple, misdemeanor arrests...
  • NLRB Investigates Longshoremen Union for Strike Gone Wrong

    09/09/2011 4:29:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    After a union wildcat strike turned violent on Thursday, triggering a walkout at five ports in Washington state, longshoremen went back to work on Friday. But in an unusual twist, the National Labor Relations Board succeeded in getting a federal judge to issue a preliminary injunction Thursday against further union activity at the Port of Longview after the union ignored the temporary restraining order that he issued a week earlier. The agency will hold a hearing next month to determine whether further restrictions are warranted. NLRB spokeswoman Nancy Cleeland said it was not common for the agency to
  • Video: Longshore union member goes berzerk on reporter (language warning)

    09/09/2011 1:07:28 PM PDT · by bronxville · 39 replies
    therightscoop ^ | 09-09-2011 | Dan Cleary
    Here’s the understatement of the day, courtesy of the poor reporter who found himself on the receiving end of this unhinged union member’s profane tirade: “You’re not part of the PR staff, are ya?” MAJOR LANGUAGE WARNING
  • Longshoreman assaults media: ‘Get the [edit] out of this parking lot right now’ (Video)

    09/09/2011 12:08:58 PM PDT · by RabidBartender · 96 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/9/11 | Matthew Boyle
    <p>A member of a Pacific Northwest longshoreman’s union verbally attacked a news crew that showed up at the union’s local headquarters in Longview, Washington. The assault was captured on a video that hit YouTube Friday morning.</p> <p>“I’m from KGW and I wanted to know if there was anyone here who would want to talk to us about the situation,” a Portland, Ore. television correspondent is seen asking while knocking on the building’s door.</p>
  • Union vs. Union Fight [International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU -Vs- OE, Local 701)

    09/08/2011 12:28:18 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 11 replies
    openmarket.org ^ | Sept 8 2011 | by Ivan Osorio
    A band I was in years ago had a song titled, “Sheet Rockers vs. Aluminum Siders,” about a fight our singer saw at work on a construction site. I was reminded of it earlier today, when members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) stormed the Port of Longview, Washington, where they held security guards hostage, blocked a train, and destroyed property, damaging railroad cars and dumping grain. They were protesting the hiring at a grain terminal by the employer, EGT, of a contractor employing workers belonging to a different union, the Operating Engineers. Such union turf battles are...
  • Longshoremen clash shuts Northwest ports

    09/08/2011 8:09:11 PM PDT · by Baynative · 47 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 9/8/11 | Nancy Bartley and Mike Carter
    At least 500 Longshoremen stormed the Port of Longview and broke out windows in the guard shack, according to Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha. As men wielding baseball bats and crowbars held six guards captive, others cut brake lines on boxcars and dumped grain, according to Duscha.
  • First lady foreshadows speech with guest selection (Trumka, Immelt, ...)

    09/08/2011 2:25:32 PM PDT · by maggief · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | September 8, 2011 | Dan Merica
    Washington (CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama has invited a diverse array of business executives, military personnel and workers – both well known and unknown – to sit in her box at President Barack Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress on Thursday. The selection of 24 guests and what each guest is noted for in the White House release of guests are considered indicators as to what the president's speech may address. Among those attending the speech will be Jeffery Immelt, CEO of General Electric and the chairman of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and Steve...
  • Longshoremen storm Longview port, hold security guards hostage

    09/08/2011 1:03:30 PM PDT · by blueyon · 96 replies
    AP and Loinlocal6 ^ | 9/08/2011 | AP
    LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of Longshore workers stormed the Port of Longview early Thursday, overpowered and held security guards, damaged railroad cars, and dumped grain that is the center of a labor dispute, said Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha. Six guards were detained for a couple of hours after 500 or more Longshoremen broke down gates about 4:30 a.m. and smashed windows in the guard shack, he said. No one was hurt, and nobody has been arrested. Most of the protesters returned to their union hall after cutting brake lines and spilling grain from car at the EGT terminal,...
  • Protesters storm EGT grain terminal in Washington state (local ILWU chapter Gone Wild!)

    09/08/2011 12:42:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies
    Yhaoo ^ | 9/8/11 | Karl Plume - Reuters
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - More than 500 protesting port workers stormed the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview, Washington, on Thursday and damaged railcars and other property, Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha said. The incident came a day after several of Longshoremen were arrested after blocking a train from arriving at the newly constructed facility owned by EGT, LLC, which is a joint venture of Bunge Ltd, ITOCHU International Inc and STX Pan Ocean Inc. Early on Thursday, the protesters stormed the EGT facility, smashed guard shack windows, pushed a security vehicle into a ditch, cut brake lines on...
  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Thursday, September 8, 2011

    09/08/2011 9:03:04 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 137 replies
    EIB Network ^ | September 8, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    AND NOW . . . amidst billowing clouds of fragrant, aromatic first- and second-hand premium cigar smoke. . . it is time for . . . that harmless, lovable little fuzz ball, the highly-trained broadcast specialist, having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have, from behind the golden EIB microphone, firmly ensconced in the prestigious Attila-the-Hun chair at the Limbaugh Institute of Advanced Conservative Studies, serving humanity simply by showing up, and he’s not retiring until every American agrees with him, do NOT doubt him, with shrieks of joy at the mere mention of his name...
  • Longshoremen storm Wash. state port, damage RR

    09/08/2011 11:28:18 AM PDT · by slickdain · 64 replies
    ap ^ | 9/8/2011 | ap
    LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of Longshoremen stormed the Port of Longview early Thursday, overpowered and held security guards, damaged railroad cars, and dumped grain that is the center of a labor dispute, said Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha.
  • Clash ahead over longshore union war protest (West coast)

    04/26/2008 9:27:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies · 117+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | April 26, 2008 | George Raine
    Members of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union are proceeding with plans for a work stoppage at 29 West Coast ports on May 1 to protest the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, despite the fact that union leadership has withdrawn its request to waterfront employers that they accommodate closure of the ports. Planning for the protest began in February when the Longshore Caucus, the highest decision-making body for the 25,000 members of the longshore division within the ILWU, overwhelmingly approved a resolution in support of a day of protest. According to its contract, the ILWU is entitled to schedule a...
  • Longshoremen 'Heart' Striking Writers

    11/21/2007 11:38:31 AM PST · by Argus · 19 replies · 167+ views
    LA Weekly ^ | 11/21/07 | Nikki Finke
    The WGA announced Tuesday that the International Longshore Warehouse Union sent the hardest hit striking WGA members 60-pound holiday food baskets with frozen turkeys and other Thanksgiving fixings. ILWU member Chris Bradley said they were paid for by the rank-and-file. The WGA called the baskets "Capra-esque".
  • Charges dropped against ex-San Jose Mayor Gonzales, aide Guerra

    06/12/2007 5:10:45 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 13 replies · 445+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 12 June 2007 | Rodney Foo and Barry Witt
    Charges dropped against ex-San Jose Mayor Gonzales, aide GuerraBy Rodney Foo and Barry Witt Mercury News Article Launched: 06/12/2007 02:35:32 PM PDT All charges against former San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales and his aide Joe Guerra were dropped by a Santa Clara County District Court judge. The charges, including bribery, stemmed from a deal with trash hauler NorCal Waste Systems Inc. Charges against Norcal were also thrown out. Judge John Herlihy signed an order Monday dismissing the charges. In the order, Herlihy cited errors given to the grand jury as grounds for throwing out the entire indictment against Gonzales and...
  • Still On the Waterfront

    06/30/2006 11:33:46 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies · 705+ views
    The Village Voice ^ | June 27th, 2006 | Tom Robbins
    Still On the Waterfront: Long plagued by Johnny Friendlys, dockworkers fight to take back a mob-infested union by Tom Robbins June 27th, 2006 12:21 PM Just south of the Statue of Liberty, the huge white shipping cranes of New Jersey's container terminals arch into the sky. Even in the summer haze, the cranes still dominate the horizon. Their 200-foot-tall white hoists slant up and east, offering a kind of silent salute to the torch clenched in the statue's upraised arm. Most of New York's shipping is conducted on the Jersey side of the harbor now. More than $130 billion in...
  • CA: S.J. council set to discuss removing mayor from office

    06/23/2006 12:42:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 429+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 6/23/06 | Deborah Lohse, Howard Mintz and Sean Webby and John Woolfolk
    A majority of San Jose City Council members now say Mayor Ron Gonzales should resign his post and the council has scheduled a meeting for next week to discuss removing him from office or stripping him of power. And Councilman Chuck Reed this morning asked the council to rescind the $11.25 million contract amendment to Norcal Waste Systems that is at the root of the city's garbage scandal. Meanwhile the political fallout from Thursday's arrest of Gonzales and his budget aide, Joe Guerra, continued. Councilwoman Nancy Pyle joined five council colleagues in calling for Gonzales to step down. ``I will...
  • Security Programs, Unions Would Stay at Ports UAE Firm Would Operate Facilities

    02/21/2006 8:10:23 PM PST · by johnmecainrino · 61 replies · 798+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Febuary 21, 2006
    Security Programs, Unions Would Stay at Ports UAE Firm Would Operate Facilities As a furor erupted yesterday over the prospective takeover by a United Arab Emirates company of terminal operations at six major U.S. ports, officials from the company and the Bush administration scrambled to assuage fears that the deal would undermine security and antiterrorism efforts at some of America's biggest maritime facilities. Stewart A. Baker, assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security, said at a news conference yesterday that Dubai Ports World, which won a takeover battle for a British firm now operating terminals in the...
  • Tale of docks and mobsters gets new life, Crime figure’s vivid testimony fuels U.S. case

    08/06/2005 5:57:35 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 730+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 05.01.05 | TED SHERMAN
        John Bowers, the aging president of the International Longshoremen’s Association, had gone to meet a local union official at the Smith & Wollensky in Miami Beach. Inside, he was surprised to discover George Barone seated amid the polished brass and dark wood decor of the pricey waterfront steakhouse.     Barone was no stranger. A Genovese family member, he once controlled ILA locals in New Jersey and Miami. He also had coldly killed at least 10 people, by his own count, as a mob enforcer.     In a sworn deposition, Bowers recounted the conversation:     ‘‘You’re doing a wonderful job,’’ Barone told him. ‘‘We...
  • Decades After Brando, NJ Waterfront Still Mobbed Up

    12/08/2003 7:25:08 AM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies · 785+ views
    Decades After Brando, Waterfront Still Mobbed Up   BAYONNE, N.J.  — At the headquarters of New Jersey's most notorious union, the ornate front windows are etched with an anchor-and-rope motif. They're opaque, making it impossible to peer inside International Longshoremen's Association (search) Local 1588.That hasn't stopped law enforcement. Local 1588 was historically so corrupt that mob enforcers were unnecessary, according to one veteran investigator. Kickbacks, extortion and fraud became as routine as a Labor Day picnic at the local, long a lucrative outpost for the Genovese (search) crime family. In 1954, when Marlon Brando (search) starred in the Oscar-winning "On The Waterfront," one of 1588's delegates was...
  • [NJ] Governor [McGreevey] ends vacation amid murmurs on ethics

    07/23/2003 12:40:25 PM PDT · by Incorrigible · 17 replies · 178+ views
    Newark Star Ledger ^ | 7/23/03 | JEFF WHELAN
    <p>His spokesman said the governor's decision was unrelated to a brewing controversy surrounding allegations that the union paying for the trip has mob ties.</p> <p>McGreevey delivered the keynote address to the convention of the International Longshoremen's Association in San Juan yesterday, one day after the union's president told delegates that he expected his organization would soon be named in a federal racketeering suit.</p>
  • Longshoremen Accused of Slowdown in West

    10/25/2002 9:01:00 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 3 replies · 190+ views
    NY Times ^ | 10/25/02 | STEVEN GREENHOUSE
    The association of West Coast port operators said yesterday that it had complained to the Justice Department that the dock workers were engaging in a "concerted, systematic work slowdown." The group, the Pacific Maritime Association, asked the government to act, asserting that productivity had fallen to 34 percent below normal in Oakland, Calif.; 29 percent below normal in Portland, Ore.; and 27 percent below in Seattle. Joseph Miniace, the president of the association, said, "The International Longshore and Warehouse Union is playing games with the U.S. economy, and inflicting economic pain and hardship on scores of companies and their employees."...
  • On the Waterfront

    10/09/2002 10:42:33 AM PDT · by Revolting cat! · 8 replies · 252+ views
    The Wall Street Journal | 10/09/2002 | Stefan Gleason
    As President Bush begins the process of intervening in the West Coast port debacle, America is baffled that a small union local of 10,500 longshoremen has been able to gain a chokehold on the flailing economy. Indeed, concerns are increasing that the $2 billion-a-day port closures could push the nation into double-dip recession. This is a threat to the nation's well-being, and it deserves a response as resolute as the one the president is making on the international scene. Although invoking the Taft-Hartley Act may temporarily reopen the ports, it does not confront the underlying problem -- government-granted union coercive...
  • Are the longshoremen responsible for shutting down the West Coast ports? Poll

    10/08/2002 11:43:48 AM PDT · by MissBaby · 48 replies · 223+ views
    Are the longshoremen responsible for shutting down the West Coast ports? - The shippers association is trying to break the union. The shippers association is responsible. 54% - The longshoremen started this dispute with a work slow down. They are at fault. 16% - U.S. economy is already under attack by our enemies. It does not matter who is at fault. Open the ports. 30% poll link here This is a big political mess. This strike is set at this time so Bush can be made to look to be against labor. He is going to have to order the...
  • U.S. Labor Pains Are Mexican Ports' Gain

    10/07/2002 2:00:56 PM PDT · by lainie · 6 replies · 241+ views
    TBO/AP ^ | October 7, 2002 | The Associated Press
    ENSENADA, Mexico (AP) - This sleepy tourist resort has awakened with a jolt. Used to surviving mainly on fishermen and cruise ships, it is suddenly doing its best to serve cargo ships marooned off the western United States. More than 10,000 U.S.-bound containers have been unloaded at Ensenada and seven other Mexican ports since Sept. 27, when a dispute between shipping lines and dock workers led to a shutdown of all major western U.S. ports. Mexico's ports lack the infrastructure to handle more than a fraction of the cargo languishing on nearly 200 ships stuck off the U.S. coast. The...
  • Bush Intervenes in Port Lockout

    10/07/2002 9:47:54 AM PDT · by snopercod · 179 replies · 426+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo ^ | October 7, 2002 | SCOTT LINDLAW, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Hours after talks broke down between West Coast port workers and shipping lines, President Bush took a first step toward ordering longshoremen back onto the job Monday. Bush formed a board of inquiry to determine the impact of a dispute draining up to $2 billion a day from the U.S. economy. The board will make a quick assessment of the economic damage and determine whether the two sides are negotiating in good faith. Its formation was required before the president can order an 80-day cooling-off period that would force longshoremen back to work. Bush has not decided...
  • West Coast Port Strike Talks Break Down - Reuters

    10/06/2002 11:50:09 PM PDT · by Timesink · 32 replies · 497+ views
    Reuters | October 7, 2002
    Via CNBC Europe: Dock strike talks have fallen apart and broken off. More TK.
  • Mexican ports accept cargo aimed at U.S. in wake of California work stoppages

    10/04/2002 9:54:01 PM PDT · by socal_parrot · 23 replies · 235+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 10/04/02 | SANTIAGO PEREZ
    By SANTIAGO PEREZ MEXICO CITY - Mexico's Pacific coast ports are lowering docking rates, expanding storage room and speeding up land deliveries to handle a dramatic increase in ship traffic due to a port shutdown on the U.S. West Coast. A bitter contract dispute has stopped all commercial shipping at 29 U.S. Pacific ports for nearly a week, disrupting major trade operations from Asia. Consequently, ships are being diverted south to Mexico. Since Monday, the port of Ensenada, located about 100 miles (160 kms) south of San Diego, has been docking at least two additional vessels a day originally bound...
  • Shipping lines locking out West Coast longshoremen

    09/27/2002 6:50:21 PM PDT · by Vidalia · 8 replies · 248+ views
    Honolulu Advertiser ^ | http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2002/Sep/27/br/br01p.html | Advertiser Staff and News Services
    <p>The association representing dozens of major shipping lines said today they are locking out longshore workers at all Pacific ports until Sunday morning as part of what it called a “cooling-off period” in contract negotiations.</p> <p>The dramatic move by the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents more than 80 shipping lines and terminal operators, will likely have an immediate ripple effect in Hawai‘i — which gets 90 percent of its goods by container ship — and comes after the group said that longshore workers were staging work slowdowns yesterday afternoon in Oakland, as well as Seattle and Tacoma, Wash.</p>
  • West Coast port talks deteriorate

    09/26/2002 9:30:21 PM PDT · by Vidalia · 180+ views
    Honolulu Advertiser ^ | 5:49 p.m., Thursday, September 26, 2002 | Justin Pritchard
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO ­ West Coast docks sped toward renewed labor unrest today as shipping lines accused longshoremen of staging work slowdowns after their union expressed frustration over contract talks by urging members to work "in strict accordance" with safety regulations. Longshoremen began staging slowdowns this afternoon in Oakland, as well as Seattle and Tacoma, Wash., according to Pacific Maritime Association, which represents shipping lines and terminal operators.</p>
  • West Coast dockworkers have no contract now

    09/03/2002 5:53:45 PM PDT · by Vidalia · 163+ views
    Pacific Business News ^ | 19:40 EDT Tuesday | Howard Dicus
    It was business as usual Tuesday at West Coast ports. After the talks between the union and management broke down over the weekend, many port operators anticipate a work slowdown or a shutdown this week. Matson Navigation Co. said its business continues to operate as normal and there has been no impact on its service, yet. Hawaii ships in more than 95 percent of goods sold in the state. Until this past weekend, the two sides seldom met and agreed to little, but always ended each day by agreeing, often over the phone, to another 24-hour extension of the old...
  • Dockworker talks break down on West Coast

    09/02/2002 11:50:46 AM PDT · by Vidalia · 7 replies · 204+ views
    Honolulu Advertiser | Monday, September 2, 2002 | Justin Pritchard
    OAKLAND, Calif. — Shipping lines and the dockworkers union said yesterday that talks on a new contract have broken down, raising the possibility of labor disruptions at West Coast ports later this week. Each side gave different reasons for the impasse, but its effect is clear — as of last night, there will be no contract covering the dockworkers who handle the booming Pacific Rim trade at 29 major West Coast ports. The break means that the 10,500 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union can stage work slowdowns. If they do, the shipping lines that employ them say...
  • Groups Set to Continue Negotiations

    07/01/2002 5:21:44 PM PDT · by 135steward · 160+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 1, 2002 | By JUSTIN PRITCHARD Associated Press Writer
    Groups Set to Continue Negotiations By JUSTIN PRITCHARD Associated Press Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Their contract expires Monday afternoon, but the 10,500 longshoremen who handle cargo at all West Coast ports will not strike - and the shippers who employ them say they won't lock out the dock workers. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union met with the Pacific Maritime Association on Saturday, but the union rejected the association's proposal. The union plans to present its own offer when talks resume Monday, just two hours before the current contract expires at 2 p.m. EDT. Negotiations have stalled over benefits...