JANUARY 15, 2015

RAIL 

How US railroads would respond to West Coast dockworker lockout – The potential impact of a U.S. West Coast port lockout on intermodal service — should it come to that — varies by expert but analysts agree that the railroads will act fast and decisively if it does occur.

 

TRADE 

Senators hear of fallout from port slowdown The labor contract dispute between dockworkers and their employer at major West Coast ports could affect Washington state revenue, and lawmakers are grappling with ways they can help. 

Imports spike at Prince Rupert which says it can handle moreThe Port of Prince Rupert says it can handle more diversions of U.S-bound cargo after import traffic jumped 72 percent last month, a likely result of shippers rerouting cargo away from congested U.S. terminals.Businesses complain of delays at West Coast ports – Shipping delays at West Coast ports are hurting a wide range of Washington businesses, a pair of Senate committees was told Wednesday.

Businesses complain of delays at West Coast portsShipping delays at West Coast ports are hurting a wide range of Washington businesses, a pair of Senate committees was told Wednesday.

 

UNIONS

ILWU, PMA trade painful blows as talks reach eight-month mark Longshore contract negotiations on the U.S. West Coast have degenerated into a war of attrition in which the union’s work slowdowns have significantly increased operating costs for shipping lines and terminal operators, and the employers are countering by reducing work opportunities for rank-and-file longshoremen.

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