Port of Long Beach
Drivers who picketed several trucking firms at the nation’s busiest seaport complex returned to work Friday after a weeklong strike they say will not be their last.
Truck drivers at the nation’s largest port complex were striking Monday against the major firms serving the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Representatives of the dockworkers’ union overwhelmingly recommended that rank-and-file members vote to approve a tentative agreement that restored the flow of international trade through West Coast seaports.
Cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles were down 22.7 percent in January compared with the same month last year, amid congestion at the harbor and a drawn out labor dispute between port management and dockworkers.
A tentative labor agreement between dockworkers and port employers was hailed Monday by the mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach, who say their cities will work more closely on eliminating cargo congestion at the port complex.
Maritime companies are making their case for a new labor contract directly to West Coast dockworkers, hoping the rank-and-file will pressure union negotiators to reach a deal that would let billions of dollars of cargo now stuck at West Coast ports flow freely again.
Increased congestion is expected this Presidents Day weekend at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, harbor officials said Friday.
Ships were idle at 29 ports along the west coast on Saturday, including Long Beach and San Pedro, after negotiations between the union and the association representing shipping companies hit a standstill Friday night.
The Los Angeles and Long Beach ports will partially shut down this weekend to suspend vessel loading and unloading activities at West Coast ports.
The mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach urged dockworkers and their employers Thursday to resolve labor disputes that have dragged on since last July.
Los Angeles-Long Beach port truck drivers for a Carson-based shipping company voted to join the Teamsters union following the company’s decision to classify them as employees instead of independent contractors.
An ongoing labor dispute threatens to reduce work crews on cargo ships by two-thirds.
A project that is scanning the waters off the Southern California coast for any sign of nuclear material from the March 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan has turned up higher than expected amounts of a radioactive isotope of iodine instead.
Extensive congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is causing major shipping delays, just in time for the holiday season.
Authorities are asking the public help identify the body of a man found floating near the Port of Long Beach last month.