Update: Vancouver lockout of longshoremen ends

Reading Time: < 1 minute Winnipeg/Ottawa | Reuters — A lockout of longshore workers at Canada’s biggest port, the Port of Vancouver, ended in a deal on Thursday after a few hours, averting a potentially massive shipping disruption, the workers’ union and employers association said. The lockout was immediately lifted and the union also withdrew its strike notice, according to […] Read more

B.C. longshoremen vote in favour of strike

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Longshore workers at the Port of Vancouver have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a strike. Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) voted 98.4 per cent in favour of strike action against the member companies of the B.C. Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA), the union said Friday. In a letter to union […] Read more

B.C. longshoremen to take strike vote this week

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) is urging members at Canada’s West Coast ports to vote for a strike, as negotiations for a collective agreement have dragged on for over a year. The union members’ vote takes place Wednesday and Thursday (May 8-9). ILWU and the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) […] Read more

Contract negotiators for U.S. West Coast ports reach tentative deal

Reading Time: 4 minutes Los Angeles | Reuters — A group of shipping companies and a powerful dockworkers union clinched a tentative labour deal on Friday after nine months of negotiations, settling a dispute that disrupted the flow of cargo through 29 U.S. West Coast ports and snarled trans-Pacific maritime trade with Asia. The settlement, confirmed in a joint […] Read more

U.S. labour secretary to help reach West Coast port deal

Reading Time: 2 minutes Los Angeles | Reuters — U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez will travel to California to help broker an agreement between shipping companies and dockworkers in a dispute that has led to a partial shutdown of ports along the U.S. West Coast, the White House said on Saturday. The move by the Obama administration came after […] Read more

U.S. farmers hit hard by labour strife at West Coast ports

Reading Time: 3 minutes Los Angeles | Reuters –– Protracted labour strife and shipping disruptions at U.S. West Coast ports have hit farmers especially hard, posing a major barrier to perishable goods headed to overseas markets and resulting in losses estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars a week. Foreign Pacific Rim customers facing chronic delays in shipments of […] Read more

U.S. West Coast ports undergo partial shutdown

Reading Time: 3 minutes Los Angeles | Reuters –– The 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast were effectively closed to cargo freighters for the second time in less than a week on Thursday under a partial shutdown imposed by shipping lines and terminal operators in an escalating labour dispute with the dockworkers’ union. The loading and unloading of […] Read more

U.S. shippers say West Coast ports near gridlock on stalled contract talks

Reading Time: < 1 minute San Francisco | Reuters — Cargo traffic at several of the biggest U.S. West Coast ports has slowed to near gridlock, negotiators for shipping lines and terminal operators for 29 ports said on Monday as contract talks with the dockworkers’ union remain strained. Union officials however have denied staging slowdowns, saying some of decisions by […] Read more