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Posted December 17, 2014

As the Journal of Commerce reports, the ILWU caucus that began Monday morning is waiting on the PMA's response to the union's comments made on the new contract proposal.

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Posted December 15, 2014

In the midst of the negativity surrounding the West Coast congestion, some good news can be reported on the trucking industry. As the AgTC reports, the portion of the 34 hour restart rule that requires truckers to take two rest periods between 1am and 5am is being repealed. Doing this will allow truckers to travel unhindered when the roads are the least busy, and will also allow them to reset their weekly hours before 7 full days have passed.

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Posted December 15, 2014

Congestion and delays remain the norm at the West Coast ports. The ILWU and PMA are in the negotiating room today, but we have no information on any progress they may have made. The ILWU leadership will convene in a caucus in San Francisco on December 15, and results will determine the next steps in the contract process. Please see the article published in the JOC for more detailed information on the process and the current pay scales of ILWU workers.

Congestion surcharges also remain in play, but the FMC is pressuring the steamship lines to avoid implementation of the surcharges.

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Posted December 15, 2014

After coming off of a short holiday week and struggling with inclement weather, slowdowns at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are extremely evident. Truck turn times average 121 minutes, and drivers are only able to complete one to two turns per shift. The rain on the West Coast is also affecting transportation and work progress as drivers decrease speed and workers decrease productivity due to the wet conditions. Both of these factors are causing even greater delays.

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Posted December 15, 2014

Chilean port workers are calling for a nationwide strike beginning Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at 8:00am and lasting 24 hours. The purpose for the strike is yet to be determined; however, we do know that it may hinder the normal collection and delivery operations at ports.

We will do our best to make sure there are no extensive delays or cost increases for our members due to this strike, and we will keep you updated as to the developments of the situation.

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