Overnight Loaders called off at US West Coast ports

By Curious

According to a Tuesday statement by shipping lines and terminal operators’ negotiators, located at 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast, they would resume to designate personnel to charge and discharge freight ships over the night at the large docks of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

The act appeared a day after the statement by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) discussing the area’s five biggest ports, including the two docks above. The arguments reached a complete impasse as disputable contract conversations with the union of dockworkers had come to a standstill. Management had blamed the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) of organizing impediments to support its influence during the negotiation process. The talks were in process for eight months. On their turn, union representatives had persistently refused to accept organizing the impediments. In their words the management’s rulings, not forgetting the reduction of night shifts, were in charge for the impasse.

According to a representative of the PMA, Steve Getzug on Tuesday night, the ILWU had been holding back crane drivers important to discharging freight since November and this had caused an accumulation of congestion. ILWU representative Adan Ortega stated for Reuters that in November the union started only using experienced and qualified crane operators, blaming the job-site incidents on the usage of unskilled personnel. Ortega continued that the PMA was not supplying enough training for the operators and was depending on unskilled workers. Getzug replied that the PMA’s act would shift the focus of the attempts during the night time on getting rid of the piling empty containers, situated on the terminal yards during the time of the arguments. He went on that the act would not impact dayside work or some night shift personnel who did not participate in charging or discharging of ships.

Currently the federal intermediary was part of the association-union negotiations. The union was a representative of more than 20,000 dockworkers and their latest agreement came to an end on June 30.