The logistics community on the West Coast suffered greatly during the protracted labor negotiations.  The scars are still visible.  The bruises remain tender.  The emotions…anger, disappointment, concern…endure.

What everyone wants to know is what we can do now to avoid a repeat of the pain and suffering four years from now.

There are three pieces of legislation at the US Capitol worth noting and, if so inclined, worth letting your US Senators and Representatives know you support the bills

Preventing Labor Union Slowdowns Act of 2015 (PLUS):  This bill was developed by ICTSI (Portland terminal operator) and sponsored by Senator James Rich (R-ID).  PLUS would amend the National Labor Relations Act (governing body of port labor) making work slowdowns illegal and exposing unions engaging in such actions to monetary damages.

Protecting Orderly and Responsible Transit of Shipments Act (PORTS):  Sponsored by Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), this bill expands Taft-Hartley to include slowdowns (currently only covers strikes and lockouts) and grants governors the authority to evoke Taft-Hartley (currently only the president has such authority)

Ports Transparency Act:  This legislation requires marine terminal operators and ports to supply the federal government with productivity data.  This data could then be used to establish productivity standards.  It is sponsored by Senator John Thune (R-SD).

There has yet to be an official bill brought forward transferring the governing body of ocean front labor contracts from the National Labor Relations Board Act to the Railway Labor Act

Get involved!


The vast majority of cargo owners will be closed on Friday, July 3rd in observance of Independence Day and open on Monday, July 6th.  However, for the most part, the marine terminals have the opposite schedule.

Below is the schedule as of this writing:

Terminal July 3rd July 6th
Ben E Nutter Open Closed
Matson Open TBD
Ports America Open Open for select ocean carriers and select transactions only
SSA Open Closed
TraPac Open Open for select ocean carriers and select transactions only

Why Monday and and not Friday like everyone else?  The ILWU has two holidays back to back, the 4th of July and Bloody Thursday. Bloody Thursday is a holiday commemorating a riot which resulted in the deaths of four people in San Francisco on Thursday, July 5, 1934.  The riot was the impetuous for the creation of the ILWU and is the one day of the year when not a single longshoreman is working on the docks.  For more information on Bloody Thursday, click here.


The Devine team was honored by our agricultural shippers at last week’s Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) Annual Meeting in San Francisco.  Our customers recognized the team for exemplary service during the West Coast port slowdown.

Wow!  It is one thing to be recognized when times are good, but it is an amazing honor to be recognized when times are bad.

Thank you to all of our customers who nominated us.  Your support is valuable beyond words.  Thank you to our team who is able to flex in an ever-changing environment and provide stellar service no matter the conditions.  You are awesome!


We cannot say enough good things about our drivers, but we are not the only ones.  Four Devine drivers were recognized by the California Trucking Association as “Driver of the Month” for their safe driving records.Junnyl Rasay Pal Singh Michael Wynne Keith Sears


Richard Coyle, President Devine Intermodal and 2015 President California Trucking Association, recently hit the open road on a Harley. It was a fundraising ride which brought in $70,000 for Hospice.  Well done!

Afterwards, Dick was invited to play with the band, Never2Late.

Good time!  Good cause!


Do you know what this part is?  It is something used in intermodal or truck transportation.  Play “Name That Part” by liking us on Facebook.  Click here to be directed to our Facebook page and place your guess.  Good luck!


Wait times outside terminal gates has long been a complaint by the motor carrier community.  Wait times have traditionally been calculated from the marine terminal ingate to their outgate with no account for the time trucks spend waiting to get to the ingate.

The Port of Oakland is installing Bluetooth sensors within the port area to measure just that. The sensors will pick up anonymous signals from mobile devices and measure the time from the first signal ping to the ping at the ingate.

We welcome this new technology and are looking forward to seeing that data.


The American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL) have sent letters to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) seeking their intervention to end mandatory chassis inspections at marine terminals.

As part of the last round of labor negotiations on both coasts, the management groups (PMA and USMX) granted the unions (ILWU and ILA) jursidiction over chassis inspection and maintenance. However, the ATA and IICL contend neither the union nor the management groups have the legal right to inspect or maintain this equipment. The ATA and IICL argue that since neither the union nor management groups owns chassis and since the actual equipment owners are not party to the contract, the chassis inspection program is illegal under federal law. Furthermore, they assert the inspections are redundant and are creating increased truck turn times and added congestion.

On the other side of the fence, the unions are digging in their heels.  The ILA, who announced they will begin negotiating a new contract a full three years early, has said they have no intention of budging on this subject.  The ILWU does not plan to give in either. In fact, they assert the ocean carriers divested themselves of chassis specifically to erode union jurisdiction.


Hat’s off to the crew of Hamburg-Sud’s Cap Capricorn for rescuing three sailors who escaped their burning yacht in the waters near Tonga.  The three men, two from New Zealand and one from Mexico, were in the water for four hours before being rescued.

Containerships travel the world’s waterways and are frequently in a position to help those stranded.