Relations between management and ILWU are deteriorating - The Pacific Maritime Association claims dockworkers are deliberately slowing down in an effort to gain a negotiating advantage. It started at Tacoma, and has spread to the beleaguered terminal at LA and Long Beach. Read details here (LA Times) and here. (Seattle Times) and
Ocean carriers continue to move from Panama Canal to Suez services for US East Coast – Carriers are dropping Panama routing to go through the Suez Canal, primarily due to the size of the vessels in use by expanded alliances. Read about Drewry’s analysis here.
Shippers ask for federal action to resolve PMA-ILWU impasse – A letter signed by over 100 business groups has been delivered to the White House in the hope of prompting intervention that may result in a new master contract. Read the story here. (Cargo Business News)
Heritage Home consolidates operations in Lenoir, NC – In as effort toward increased efficiency, the company is moving operations from Long View to Lenoir. Read more here.
Dray drivers protesting at LA-LB – Wages and classification as contractors are among the issues being protested by drayage drivers as they picketed specific facilities at LA and Long Beach. This arouses fear that ILWU locals could refuse to cross the picket lines. Read the story here. (Journal of Commerce)
Weekly diesel update – The weekly roundup of fuel prices is here. (Dept. of Energy)