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West Coast port labor dispute

Shipping companies and dockworkers have reached a tentative deal on a new five-year contract, staving off a shutdown of 29 ports that would have crippled trade along the West Coast.

The agreement follows months of contentious negotiations and allegations of slowdowns by workers and shift cuts by employers. The dispute all but closed the ports, prompting President Obama to dispatch Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to jump start stalled talks.

  • How longshoremen command $100K salaries in era of globalization and automation

    How longshoremen command $100K salaries in era of globalization and automation

    More than 4,400 ships bring nearly $400 billion worth of goods through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach every year, a crucial link in the global supply chain of factories, warehouses, docks, highways and rail lines. Most blue-collar workers along the chain have seen their wages slashed with...

  • Port dispute: What you need to know

    Port dispute: What you need to know

    Shipping companies and dockworkers have reached a tentative deal on a new five-year contract, staving off a shutdown of 29 ports that would have crippled trade along the West Coast. The agreement follows months of contentious negotiations and allegations of slowdowns by workers and shift cuts by...

  • Port labor deal may be too late for California citrus, almond growers

    Port labor deal may be too late for California citrus, almond growers

    An end to labor strife at West Coast ports should speed up cargo operations, but it may be too late to help California's drought-weary nut and citrus farmers. Citrus took the hardest hit. Oranges, many bound for Chinese New Year celebrations, sat decaying on ships, at docks and on the ground as...

  • Clearing cargo backlog at Southland ports may take three months

    Clearing cargo backlog at Southland ports may take three months

    Southern California port officials say it could take up to three months to clear cargo that piled up during a labor dispute that threatened to cripple West Coast commerce. On Friday, shipping companies and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union reached an agreement in contract talks that...

  • Despite West Coast ports' labor deal, normality not yet on horizon

    Despite West Coast ports' labor deal, normality not yet on horizon

    West Coast ports are emerging from the most contentious labor dispute in more than a decade, but lingering resentment and structural problems may complicate a return to normality. Activity picked up Saturday at Western harbors after the dockworkers union and employers reached a tentative agreement...

  • West Coast ports to ramp up this weekend as labor deal is reached

    West Coast ports to ramp up this weekend as labor deal is reached

    After a long-running labor dispute that at times all but closed West Coast ports, the trade gateways--including the nation’s busiest in Los Angeles and Long Beach---are getting back to work.  On Friday evening, shipping companies and the dockworkers union reached a tentative deal on a new five-year...

  • Shipping lines and dockworkers reach deal; port shutdown averted

    Shipping lines and dockworkers reach deal; port shutdown averted

    Shipping companies and dockworkers reached a tentative deal late Friday on a new labor contract, avoiding a shutdown of 29 ports that would have choked off trade through the West Coast. The agreement, which still needs approval from union members and individual employers, should start easing severe...

  • Ports union is painting a target on its back

    To the editor: Though I am in favor of seeing working people protected, I believe the port worker union's power in this case is disproportionate and potentially devastating to the U.S. economy. ("Small but powerful union is at center of port dispute," Feb. 17) Unlike other labor organizations that...

  • Air freight firms are bustling amid bottlenecks at West Coast ports

    Air freight firms are bustling amid bottlenecks at West Coast ports

    Well before the sun rose over Los Angeles International Airport, a dozen workers at the Able Freight Services Inc. warehouse hustled bunches of asparagus through metal detectors and scooted stacks of Brussels sprouts around on electric pallet jacks. The number of morning shift workers has doubled...

  • Official at center of port dispute 'bewildered' by demand he be fired

    Official at center of port dispute 'bewildered' by demand he be fired

    The dock official whose future has been a sticking point in a labor dispute clogging West Coast ports said he is "bewildered" by union leaders' demand that he be fired as part of a contract agreement. In an interview with the Times, David Miller -- a former dock clerk who since 2002 has ruled on...

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