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Posted August 28, 2014

Many of the public entities in Argentina are not operating today, August 28, 2014, due to the Argentinian labor unions’ second national strike in less than five months. Truckers, train conductors, port employees, and waiters walked off their jobs today in a 24-hour strike to protest and demand higher wages. Specifically, the unions are protesting about the high unemployment, increased taxation applied by the government, and the unsafe economic situation that plagues the country. Many roads are blocked, which has put a hold on trucking transportation, and Customs is also not operating.

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Posted August 28, 2014

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) said Tuesday that they have reached a tentative agreement on terms for health benefits. This agreement is subject to other issues as negotiations continue on a new labor contract.

Both the ILWU and PMA said they agree not to discuss the terms of this tentative agreement while contract talks continue to take place.

The negotiated contract encompasses nearly 20,000 longshore workers at 29 ports along the West Coast.

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Posted August 28, 2014

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit parts of Napa Valley and Sonoma county early Sunday morning. The damage and disruption is still being assessed, as many areas are still without power. Potential gas leaks and water main breaks are also being investigated. There are reports of damage to wine bottles and barrels, collapsing racks, and damage to buildings in the affected area. In terms of logistics, the Oakland port is open and terminals are operating as usual, but deliveries into the affected areas may be hampered or delayed. We hope that all of our industry colleagues our safe.

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Posted July 14, 2014

Summer 2014 Issue Volume 5, Issue 2 of the WSSA Grapevine is now available! Our Summer 2014 issue features the latest on the west coast labor dispute, the P3 Alliance, South America updates, and WSWA highlights. Click here for instant access to WSSA's Summer 2014 edition of the Grapevine!

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Posted October 4, 2013

As we move into the weekend, we have no major updates on the effects of the government shutdown on trade. Reports from the various ports in the USA indicate that wine and spirits shipments are still moving smoothly, with no customs issues or port delays. With some FDA staff on furlough, we do have reports of delays in FDA exams or items on hold with no exam scheduled.
 
We will monitor the situation over the weekend and report back to you on Monday. Please feel free to contact WSSA with any questions or comments.

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