Labor

By Patrick Burnson · February 27, 2017
Shippers are concerned about a labor action at East Coast ports, but analysts contend that the unions are simply leveraging their positions for pending negotiations
By Jeff Berman · November 14, 2016
Following the announcement to authorize a strike vote last month, union-represented aircraft mechanics and other workers for UPS made that initiative official today.
By Patrick Burnson · September 28, 2016
News that the 20,000-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) plan to meet again in early November should be welcomed by West Coast shippers
By John D. Schulz · April 14, 2016
More than 410,000 Teamsters and retirees in 25 states are threatened with pension cuts under a little-known law passed largely in secret in the final days of the last congressional session.
By Patrick Burnson · March 15, 2016
A broad coalition of shippers and other supply chain stakeholders are appealing to West Coast dockside labor and management to begin early discussions on either a contract extension or a new contract with the goal to conclude negotiations before the current contract expires on June 30, 2019.
By Patrick Burnson · February 2, 2016
Spokesmen for the Port of Oakland said they were blind-sided by Ports America Outer Harbor’s decision to file bankruptcy.
By Jeff Berman · October 20, 2015
ALPA said that the new contract takes effect in November and becomes amendable in 2021. And it added that the new contract is comprised of across-the-board increases for hourly pay rates and new-hire compensation, a significant signing bonus, retirement plan enhancements, and work-rule improvements, among other positive modifications.
By John D. Schulz · October 13, 2015
If you want to meet some of the most ticked-off people on the planet, talk to any trucking industry retiree who received that letter from the Teamsters’ Central States pension plan notifying them of their potential financial haircut coming in retirement.
By Patrick Burnson · September 14, 2015
The California State Senate is withholding pay raises that would have exceeded Pilot's current take home pay of more than $450,000 per annum.
By Jeff Berman · September 9, 2015
Earlier today, the Independent Pilots Association (IPA), a trade union representing pilots at UPS, said its leadership has called on its 2,528 members to authorize a pilot strike against UPS. It said that if this gets membership approval, the IPA’s five-member executive board would be able to request a release from federally-mediated negotiations with UPS
By Patrick Burnson · July 27, 2015
The U.S. Department of State maintained Thailand’s Tier 3 ranking, the lowest category, in its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, which was released this week.
By Patrick Burnson · June 1, 2015
The Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) is among those organizations that have been most strident about seaport reform. When their annual meeting takes place in San Francisco later this month, that mission may become even more urgent…thanks the recent bad faith actions of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) at the Port of Oakland.
By Jeff Berman · April 6, 2015
Roughly six weeks after the International Warehouse & Longshore Union and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) reached a tentative five-year labor agreement, following nine months of often acrimonious negotiations that led to myriad supply chain and logistics disruptions, the ILWU said late last week that steps are being taken to make the tentative agreement a done deal.
By Patrick Burnson · March 26, 2015
Indications given by a splinter group of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union suggest that shippers should not assume the tentative contract with the Pacific Maritime Association is a “done deal.”
By Patrick Burnson · February 23, 2015
While the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have arrived at a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract covering workers at all 29 West Coast ports, questions still remain about productivity.

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