DECEMBER 2014 Archives

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Longshore union punts on federal mediation, requests direct talks with leadership

Labor leaders want to negotiate directly with industry counterparts, and are pointing back at industry for reasons for dock delays. Steve Wilhelm, December 29, 2014, Puget Sound Business Journal Let’s talk face-to-face. That’s the essence of a counter-proposal from longshore union leaders on Monday morning, after they resisted a week of pressure to bring contract issues to mediation. In a …

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Ports chart a new course: Seaport Alliance was 100 years in the making

Steve Wilhelm, December 26, 2014, Puget Sound Business Journal Fear can make allies out of competitors, and fear is what drove the ports of Seattle and Tacoma to create the Seaport Alliance last year. For decades Washington state’s two largest ports have been goring one another while fighting for dominance in the state. Meanwhile, Southern California ports had continued to …

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2015: A critical year for future of the Port of Vancouver

Erin Schneider, December 26, 2014, Vancouver Business Journal The upcoming year holds several major projects for the port of Vancouver. Ten years in the making, the West Vancouver Freight Access project will finish ahead of schedule and under budget. Vancouver Energy is slated to invest $200 million in a crude oil transload facility. And the port is marketing several shovel-ready …

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Containerships remain anchored in Commencement Bay while union-employer talks recessed

By John Gillie, December 30, 2014, The News Tribune Even as containerships lay anchored in Commencement Bay awaiting unloading Monday at Port of Tacoma terminals, negotiations aimed at breaking the logjam between shipping lines, terminal operators and the longshore union remained recessed until after the holidays.   Both the union and the shipping concerns proposed solutions to the negotiating impasse …

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Breakbulk carriers face critical year as competition builds

  Peter T. Leach, December 29, 2014, JOC.com     Global shipping lines that carry breakbulk and heavy-lift cargo had to navigate choppy waters in 2014, not for lack of cargo, but for rates that were too low for them to make a profit.   Breakbulk and project cargo freight rates have been depressed for the last two years, and …

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ILWU, PMA continue war of words in tit-for-tat press releases

Bill Mongelluzzo, December 29, 2014, JOC.com   International Longshore and Warehouse Union President Robert McEllrath today challenged ocean carrier executives to become directly involved in contract negotiations in order to end the impasse that has existed since the previous West Coast waterfront contract expired on July 1. The Pacific Maritime Association shot back that the ILWU’s statement “only underscores the …

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Port container terminal operators canceling night shifts

By John Gillie and Melissa Santos, December 23, 2014, The News Tribune Container terminal operators have canceled night shifts beginning last weekend at the Port of Tacoma and elsewhere even as shippers suffer from delayed shipments and port congestion.   Dean McGrath, president of International Longshore Union Local 23, said the union was prepared to send hundreds of longshore workers …

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Federal mediators asking ILWU if aid in stalled talks needed

Mark Szakonyi, December 23, 2014, JOC.com The U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service said today it’s reaching out to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union to see whether it can help in labor talks with U.S. West Coast port employers, and if so, when it could aid.   The Pacific Maritime Association, which represents employers, said on Monday night that …

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I-405 misery: 2 megaprojects could tackle chronic delays

Interstate 405 from Lynnwood to Tukwila is one of the most congested corridors in the region. Lawmakers hope a new transportation package will address some of the worst choke points, while commuters say getting around requires planning, patience and sometimes advance meditation. By Lynn Thompson, December 22, 2014, Seattle Times     The traffic reporter on drive-time radio had a …

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