Ports’ Shutting Down through Organized Strikes

Bensenville, Illinois - Nov 29, 2012

Yesterday, about 70 clerical workers, representing the 800-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit ("OCU"), managed to shut down seven of eight terminals at the Port of Los Angeles and three of six terminals at the Port of Long Beach through organized strikes. These two major ports handle 40% of the nation’s import traffic.

Initially, Tuesday’s OCU strike was limited to the APM terminals where Maersk Line calls. An area arbitrator ruled that OCU was unwilling to bargain fairly and ordered them to return to work; however, OCU refused the ruling and expanded their strike to other terminals. OCU’s main dispute is against the threat of workers’ jobs transferring to lower-wage countries through the actions of ocean shipping lines and terminal operators.

Below carriers and some of their respective terminals are affected:

•    APL (APL)
•    China Shipping (WBCT)
•    CMA CGM
•    COSCO (PCT)
•    Evergreen Shipping (STS)
•    Hamburg Sud
•    Hanjin (TTI)
•    Hapag-Lloyd
•    Hyundai (CUT)
•    Horizon Lines
•    K Line (ITS)
•    Maersk Line (APMT)
•    MSC (TTI)
•    NYK Lines (YTI)
•    OOCL (LBCT)
•    Safmarine
•    US Lines
•    Yang Ming (WBCT)

Carriers may still call on multiple terminals based on various vessel strings and slot charter agreements; however, this work stoppage will create delays and congestion at nearby ports.

Please immediately contact your local Sales Executive or Operations Specialist today for alternative action planning.

We will keep you updated on any new significant events, as they occur.

Source: Pactrans Air & Sea, Inc.

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