Clerk Strike at the Port of Long Beach

You may have heard that the Office Clerical Workers local 63 of the ILWU (the union representing US West Coast port labor) went on strike at the Port of Long Beach’s Pier 400 (APM Terminals – aka – Maersk Terminal) around 12PM PCT yesterday Nov. 27th in protest of the possibility of outsourcing many of the clerical and documentation functions currently being performed by union labor.

The short of it is that we have not received any reports of work slowdowns or stoppages along the West Coast as a result. Additionally, we believe this event to be unrelated to the situation on the East Coast – so are views expressed in our previous post remain unchanged.

The following article may help to clarify the situation:

 Long Beach Port Not Slowed by L.A. Port Strike

75 Members of ILWU’s clerical unit shut down the busiest Pier 400 but no work stoppage was reported at Long Beach’s part of the nation’s busiest shipping basin.

About 75 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s Local 63 Office Clerical Unit at the Port of Los Angeles went on strike Tuesday in response to what they called stalled contract talks with their employer, APM Terminals.

APM Terminals, a subsidiary of global shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, called the strike by the ILWU a “disappointing development.”

But there were no stoppages at any of the Port of Long Beach’s six terminals, according to spokesman Art Wong.

The Long Beach Post is reporting this morning (Nov. 28) that there has been no apparent effect on shipping traffic thus far.