(World Maritime News)
(United Van Lines)
Arijit Paladhi, Business Standard. “Port strike deferred to March 16” www.business-standard.com 3/5/2015. http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/port-strike-deferred-to-march-16-115030401246_1.html 3/6/2015.
The Indian Shipping Ministry’s decision to corporatize India’s ports has met with protest from the Transport and Dock Workers’ Union. An indefinite strike is schedule for March 9th.
(Source: Press Trust of India)
U.S. west coast port labor and management have come to a tentative agreement. Though union members will still need to ratify it, this agreement has allowed ports to return to work at full capacity. According to Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, the backlog that the slowdowns and lockouts have created will take upwards of three months to rectify.
Laura Stevens, The Wall Street Journal. “West Coast Ports Face Several Months’ Backlog” www.wsj.com 2/22/2015. http://www.wsj.com/articles/with-tentative-labor-deal-reached-west-cost-ports-resume-full-operations-1424630077 (2/23/2015).
Thomas Perez, the U.S. Labor Secretary, has given the dockworkers’ union and the Pacific Maritime Association till Friday to come to an agreement and sign a new contract. If an agreement is not made on the single remaining point of contention, Perez plans to drag both parties to Washington to complete negotiations.
Andrew Khouri, LA Times. “Labor Secretary Perez sets Friday deadline in port dispute” www.latimes.com 2/20/2015. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-port-talks-20150220-story.html (2/20/2015).
Jeanna Smialek, Bloomberg. “Biggest Drop Since ’09 Hits U.S. Ports as West Coast Suffers” www.bloomberg.com 2/18/2015. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-18/west-coast-port-labor-fight-costs-u-s-economy-as-shipments-slow (2/19/2015).
Nine months of negotiation between U.S. West Coast port management and labor has resulted in a satisfactory deal with one exception. That solitary issue is the hook that this process is snagged on. The union wants the right to dismiss an arbitrator. Currently both management and labor have to agree to the dismissal. Why is this so important to the union? It seems it is down to one particular arbitrator, David Miller, who has been arbitrating for Southern California since 2002. The union feels he is pro-management. Miller is requesting proof of this bias. He says there is no basis for the allegations. He believes he must have upset someone and they are retaliating for a previous perceived slight. The closed door talks with the U.S. Labor Secretary, Thomas Perez, are likely focused on this issue.
Justin Pritchard, Associated Press. “AP sources say port talks focus on arbitrator” www.news.yahoo.com 2/17/2015. http://news.yahoo.com/us-labor-official-overseeing-stalled-west-coast-port-082212492–finance.html (2/18/2015).