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News & Analysis

02 Sep 2022
Just days after dockworkers at the UK’s largest container port ended a strike, laborers at the Port of Liverpool set the dates for their own walkout, the latest industrial action hitting Europe amid a deepening cost-of-living crisis.
26 Jul 2022
Carriers have told they do not want to base the economics of a long-term agreement with the ILA on the relatively short-term — and highly profitable — economic conditions of the past two years.
13 Jul 2022
Wage negotiations between a German union and port employers have again failed to reach a settlement, with a two-day strike set to start Thursday as vessel congestion persists.
06 Jul 2022
A series of European port strikes show the rising risk of industrial actions, as global inflation squeezes workers throughout containerized supply chains, writes JOC Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi.
08 Jun 2022
Three importer groups have sent a joint letter to the Biden administration calling on the White House to intervene in West Coast labor talks in order to avoid further stressing the US supply chain.
12 Apr 2022
Exactly one month before the start of contract talks between West Coast employers and the ILWU, the union is claiming that a 2008 deal between the two sides has been violated at Terminal 5 in Seattle, a foreboding sign for those hoping this year’s negotiations would go smoothly.
07 Feb 2022
Officials from the International Longshoremen's Association and the United States Maritime Alliance have had “discussions about discussions” in recent months about a contract extension that would focus primarily on wage levels.
01 Dec 2021
An investigation into Australia’s shipping sector follows months of disruption to supply chains due to port congestion, stevedore industrial action, and curtailed carrier services.
02 Sep 2021
HMM’s unionized staff, operating around half of HMM’s container ship fleet, had voted in favor of a strike in August if no agreement was reached, while around 300 seafarers had signed resignation letters and threatened to join rival carriers.
23 Aug 2021
The current US West Coast dockworker contract will expire next July, leaving negotiations for a new contract to take place amid a predicted atmosphere of constrained capacity and high rates.
07 Jul 2021
With David Tolan as the first and longtime chairman of the Carriers’ Cooperation Council, longshore labor relations on the East and Gulf Coasts entered a prolonged peaceful period that continues today.
07 Jul 2021
Fluctuating vessel schedules and delays at ports and inland terminals are contributing to rising costs for perishable food shippers across supply chain modes.
19 Mar 2021
The dispute at the Port of Charleston is a rare flare-up in what has been a mostly peaceful longshore labor environment on the East and Gulf coasts over many years.
02 Mar 2021
The opening of a large vaccination site at the Port of Los Angeles is expected to contribute immediately to greater labor availability in the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex.
16 Feb 2021
The latest walkout action at Australia’s automated terminal in Melbourne furthers test the port system marked by berth congestion amid surging import demand
29 Jan 2021
As COVID-19 infection rates rise, transport and maritime officials are urging that supply chain workers be given priority for vaccines, saying their health is essential to keeping goods moving throughout the US.
30 Jul 2020
The alleged attack in Montreal comes as dock workers are in the midst of a four-day strike, with port checkers due to launch their own job action Saturday.
26 Mar 2020
Longshore unions continue to assign work through hiring halls on the East, Gulf and West coasts as the unions balance the need for safety measures that protect workers from COVID-19 with the demands of keeping ports open and efficient.
03 Feb 2020
Australian shippers are breathing a sigh of relief, at least for now, after a court order was issued preventing longshore workers from striking against DP World Australia amid an ongoing 16-month contract dispute.
13 Dec 2019
Long Beach Container Terminal, which included the ILWU in the planning process for its fully-automated terminal right from the beginning, has avoided the labor pushback that can complicate the introduction of automation at marine terminals.
17 Jul 2019
Three months after a federal court voided the 2018 results of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union’s election of top officers, the union is still awaiting instructions for holding a new election.
09 May 2019
The Port of New York and New Jersey and other ports along the Gulf and East coasts are looking at how to reduce the cost and productivity loss that occurs when longshoremen hired for the weekend are unable to work due to vessel delays.
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals BMCT at JNPT.
08 Jan 2019
A general strike began Tuesday morning.
Containers stacked at a port.
11 Dec 2018
Workers resumed work only after the Bangladesh Land Port Authority (BLPA) assured them that it will pay their wages within a week.
Brazil truckers on strike - May 2018.
10 Dec 2018
Over the weekend, drivers protested at Alemoa, in front of the main road access to the port of Santos, and closed the main highway between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro for six hours, backing up truck traffic more than two kilometers (1.24 miles).
Port of Philadelphia.
31 Aug 2018
The union said the Ports of Delaware River Marine Trade Association's latest offer was unacceptable because it did not address three main staffing issues.
Port of New York and New Jersey.
30 Aug 2018
The deal, if approved by a majority of the International Longshoremen's Association members, would ensure labor peace on both East and Gulf coasts until at least 2024.
Port of Santos.
03 Aug 2018
An invaded ship is the latest job action by dockworkers at the port of Santos. They say they extend their existing three-day job action that ends Saturday if Brazil’s government does not agree to their pay/pension demands.
Port of Santos.
31 Jul 2018
Just when conditions started to return to normal for shippers who use Santos, stevedores Wednesday will implement a three-day strike aimed at securing an agreed-to pay increase.
Protests block truck at/near JNPT 25 July 2018
25 Jul 2018
Protesters — seeking a special, community-based reservation program for jobs and education — blockaded all main highways and port connecting arteries.
Containers stacked at a port.
24 Jul 2018
Local trade sources said that labor groups are pressing for a reversal of an action by APM Terminals.
The Port of New York and New Jersey.
10 Jul 2018
The East Coast’s largest port, with the most complex negotiations, has reached an agreement. The International Longshoremen's Association wants all such local agreements to be completed before the master contract that covers the ports on both coasts can be ratified.
Port of Montreal.
19 Jun 2018
Shippers that send goods through the Port of Montreal, and other Canadian ports, should be wary that underlying their apparent efficiency is a union contract system that Madeleine Paquin, president and CEO of Logistec, believes could create problems due to its inflexibility and inability to create work practices in tune with a modern port.
A container port in India.
30 May 2018
The provisional settlement came after officials from the Indian Ports Association met union leaders in Mumbai and expressed the government’s willingness to discuss and resolve workers’ charter of demands.
Brazil truckers on strike - May 2018.
23 May 2018
Truckers and others are striking because Petrobras, the state-controlled oil company, has gradually increased diesel prices — by more than 40 percent — over six months, at the same time that the Temer administration has substantially hiked fuel taxes.