Unitrans News Bulletin | March 12, 2015

Unitrans International News Bulletin: West Coast Port Update

Despite the February 20 tentative labor contract agreement reached between the ILWU and PMA, labor disruptions have continued at the Port of Oakland. On Monday, March 9, import delivery lanes were suspended due to labor issues. The following day, Tuesday, March 10, new import container picks were temporarily halted due to heavy truck volume. Additionally, on Wednesday, March 11, Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) operations were suspended due to labor issues.

The labor dispute occurred over manning requirements of yard cranes and yard tractor drivers. Previous manning procedures have been in place for 30 years, however, the ILWU Local 10 demanded changes to these procedures during recent contract negotiations. The demands were dropped in the tentative agreement reached last month. Read the PMA statement regarding the Oakland work stoppages here.

A caucus of 90 ILWU delegates is scheduled to take place beginning March 30 in San Francisco. If the caucus votes to recommend the ratification of the contract, ILWU membership will vote by secret ballot in April. Marisol International will continue to provide important updates on West Coast operations until port conditions return to normal. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local Unitrans International account manager.

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