U.S. West Coast Ports slowdowns reduce productivity by 20-30pct

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Jul 25 Labor actions widen. ILWU slowdown spreads North: Disruption enters third week; threatens commerce and negotiations. Over the last two weeks, more than a third of the vessels in southern California have had productivity drops of over 20%. More than one in ten have had productivity fall over 30%. This has resulted in disruption of schedules, with some vessels forced to sail leaving cargo and empty containers on the docks in order to maintain schedules.

Jul 16 Longshore Union expands job actions in Southern California: Productivity falls 20-30 percent at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Jul 12 PMA statement on ILWU Actions at West Coast Ports: Union stages brief Tacoma walk-off as Los Angeles/Long Beach “unit breaks” continue.

Jul 11 PMA Statement: PMA issued the following statement today regarding “unit breaks” in Los Angeles/Long Beach.

Bargaining Update from ILWU Lonshore Contract 2008

Members will continue working at the ports, union negotiators committed to reaching an agreement

West Coast dockworkers will continue loading and unloading cargo to keep ports operating while their union Negotiating Committee continues to meet with company officials on a new longshore and clerks agreement.

The contract covering 26,000 West Coast dockworkers at 29 ports expired Tuesday, July 1st at 5pm and was in effect for six years.

International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s Negotiating Committee will continue working hard to reach a fair and reasonable agreement. Talks have been productive so far, with terms already reached on health care benefits. The union and company representatives continued meeting after the contract expired, and resumed talks on July 2.

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