Strike Is Possible
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#1 Oct 31, 2012
Strike Is Possible
International Longshoremens Association President Harold Daggett warned of a possible ILA strike if the union cant secure acceptable terms in a new contract.
The International Longshoremens Association, an organization that represents over 20,000 longshoreman who handle cargo from Maine to Texas, and the U.S. Maritime Alliance, an organization of container carriers, direct employers and port associations, have agreed to extend the contracts of longshoreman for a 90-day period in order to not jeopardize the holiday consumption season in America. So why might you ask am I concerned about this arrangement? Isnt the problem over?
The 90-day extension to the old contract will expire on Dec. 29, 2012, Jan. 1 will be a very interesting time in American history.
If one looks at the reasons for the dispute between the two organizations it becomes clear that this will be a looming problem for months to come.
The most logical time for them to strike is when they have the greatest power. This will allow them to secure favorable long-term contracts, and what better time to do so than right before the holiday season in America?
#2 Dec 2, 2012
Clerical Workers Strike Shuts Down Ca Ports
The walkout has dramatically slowed activity at the nation's busiest cargo complex as dockworkers refuse to cross picket lines set up by union clerical workers. Their industrial action and clout has been significantly strengthened because some 10,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have supported them, refusing to cross the clerical workers' picket lines.
The clerical workers began striking Tuesday to raise the ante in a 2 1/2-year-old contract battle over claims that management had been outsourcing their well-paid jobs out of state and overseas.
The Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Employers Association, which represents 14 shippers and terminal operators, denies the allegation.
The groups say they have fresh memories of a 10-day lockout at West Coast ports in 2002. They estimate that dispute cost the U.S. economy $1 billion a day and that it took six months before the supply chains fully recovered.
#3 Dec 23, 2012
Dec. 23, 2012, 3:31 p.m. EST
Dock workers ready to strike at U.S. ports
NEW YORK Dock workers are readying to strike next weekend along the East and Gulf Coasts in a labor dispute that threatens shipments of retail goods, food and components used in manufacturing.
Negotiations broke down on Tuesday between the International Longshoremens Association, or ILA, which represents about 15,000 dock workers, and the U.S. Maritime Alliance Ltd., or USMX, which represents management at 14 ports from Boston to Houston.
The National Retail Federation also voiced concerns, urging President Barack Obama in a letter this week to use all options available to him.
President Barack Obama and his family have arrived in Honolulu to spend Christmas in Hawaii. White House officials say the president's vacation itinerary doesn't include any scheduled public events.
No return date has been given by the White House.
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