Canadian rail strike ends in 2nd day – The Canadian Pacific Railway and Teamsters Canada Rail Conference negotiators agreed to binding arbitration, ending a strike that started Feb. 15. Read more here. (JOC)
Annual review for Chinese bedroom producers – The Dept. of Commerce will begin its administrative review of 2013 shipments from 16 manufacturers. See details here. (Furniture Today)
RC Willey expands Sacramento presence – The retailer plans a 160,000 square foot store, its second in the Sacramento, California area. See the story here. (Furniture Today)
Fuel inches up, still a bargain compared to last year – See the latest national gas and diesel average prices here. (D.O.E.)
FMSCA forms committee on driver training – The 26-member committee will meet publicly Feb. 26-27in Arlington, VA. The group’s goal is updating both classroom and practical training requirements for professional bus and truck drivers. Read more here. (FMSCA)
USWC terminal operators halt ship operations over holiday weekend – The finger-pointing and name-calling continued as the Pacific Maritime Association refused to call longshoremen to work for premium wages over the long President’s Day weekend. Work is scheduled to resume Tuesday, Feb. 17. Read the story here (AJOT) and here. (JOC)
Dialog over USWC contract degrades as ILWU head urges members to ignore the PMA’s “bull___t.” – Robert McEllrath, president of the ILWU, told his members to stand their ground and stay united in the face of reduced earnings as weekend and holiday work is withheld by terminal operators. Watch his message here. (YouTube)
Secretary of Labor dispatched to LA in bid to defuse USWC labor situation – US Labor Secretary Tom Perez is headed to California in an attempt to avoid a full-blown shutdown of US West Coast ports. Although he has no specific authority to end the impasse, he no doubt brings a message from the White House. There is speculation that the ILWU will be told to accept a good contract offer. Read more here.