Feb. 11, 2015
Shipping companies said they will stop unloading ships at West Coast ports for four of the next five days because they don’t want to pay overtime to workers they allege have deliberately slowed operations.
Feb. 6, 2015
Oakland port officials have said the labor dispute "needs to be settled ... quickly" to avoid further economic harm as businesses suffer from cargo delays. "Central Valley farmers can't ship their produce. Small business owners can't get goods to put on the shelf. Harbor truckers can't do their jobs. Everyone is suffering," the port said in a statement on Wednesday. "If the situation worsens … if West Coast ports shut down, the U.S. economy and the global supply chain will be jeopardized."
Feb. 5, 2015
A months-long stalemate in contract talks between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, both based in San Francisco, has clogged major ports in California and is having a negative economic impact on Central Valley growers and other Northern California businesses such as Devine Intermodal.
Jan. 31, 2015
Meanwhile, frustrated exporters and importers will find other routes. In a recent survey by the Journal of Commerce, 60% of shippers said they had begun redirecting cargoes away from America’s West Coast ports. Once that business leaves, it may never return. Western ports have already lost market share to the East Coast since 2002, when failed labour talks led to an 11-day lockout and a total shutdown.
Jan. 24, 2015
Currently, port officials say roughly 20 percent of all the cargo moving through the country goes through the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles – the busiest in the nation. But without change, their share could drop.