(November 7, 2014) According to a press release from the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) orchestrated a job action in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach yesterday, November 6th. The PMA stated that the ILWU did not dispatch hundreds of qualified workers, leaving an estimated half of the yard crane positions unfilled. This action comes on the heels of labor disruptions in the ports of Seattle and Tacoma earlier this week.
Combined, the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports account for 61% of tonnage entering the West Coast. In recent months congestion has been an issue in Southern California reflecting a variety of factors, including increased cargo volume, a shortage of chassis, and the truck driver shortage. This labor action could exacerbate an already difficult situation.
As of this writing the ILWU has not issued a statement to the press.
Odyssey continues to monitor this situation, and we will be working with our clients to find alternatives and solutions for those impacted by the events. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us here or call 1-885-412-0200.