In a move that still has us scratching our heads, the west coast employer group, Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), granted the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) authority in the Los Angeles/ Long Beach port complex to repair chassis owned or long-term-leased by motor carriers.

The only work around at this point is for the driver to carry the chassis’ registration showing it is indeed a private chassis rather than a chassis operated by an equipment provider with whom the terminal and the ILWU have a maintenance and repair agreement.

If showing the registration does not work and ILWU mechanics insist on repairing the chassis, expect motor carriers to have the container flipped off and leave with their bare chassis.

This “work around” will unnecessarily increase turn times and dry runs.

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