MESSAGE TO THE RANK AND FILE FROM [ILWU] INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT ROBERT “BIG BOB” MCELLRATH:
” The Coast negotiating team continues to meet in an effort to reach a fair contract that provides security for its rank and file and stability for the industry despite the propaganda and threats from PMA. I urge the membership to stay strong and united and ignore PMA’s propaganda. Together we will prevail.”
Bobby Olvera, Jr. Mondo Porras Mark Williams
President Vice President Secretary/Treasurer
Posted on the ILWU Local 13 website
The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) issued the above statement today regarding the status of their contract negotiations with International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU).
As we know and have been suffering through, the contract expired July 1, 2014. Negotiations began in May 2014 but have not been going well. The two sides agreed to federal mediation on January 5, 2015. The high hopes for the mediator being able to bring both sides to an expeditious agreement were soon dash when the both the PMA and ILWU began to issue competing press releases.
Meanwhile, terminal operations continue to suffer, vessels are delayed and skipping ports of call and cargo owners are actively pursuing alternative gateways.
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The PMA contends labor is purposefully slowing down terminal operations and causing congestion. The ILWU counters congestion is the result of chassis shortages, big ships and terminals being at maximum capacity.
The above graph depicts moves per hour since late October. More productivity graphs here.