Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) suspends West Coast Ports 2/6/15 weekend

PMA just released a press statement (below) confirming that the west coast Ports will suspend loading and unloading operations for this weekend.  This 2 day work stoppage will effect rail, yard and gate operations as well.  According to analysts, this could cost the US economy up to 2 Billion Dollars a day.  The White House should consider employing the Taft-Hartley Act to force negotiators back to the bargaining table and workers back to work.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Wade Gates, (415) 591-4048, pmanews@bm.com Steve Getzug, (310) 633-9444, steve.getzug@hkstrategies.com

WEST COAST PORTS TO TEMPORARILY SUSPEND WEEKEND VESSEL OPERATIONS IN LIGHT OF CONTINUED UNION SLOWDOWNS

San Francisco – February 6, 2015 – The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) announced today that weekend vessel loading and unloading operations will be temporarily suspended this weekend, with yard, rail and gate operations continuing at terminal operators’ discretion. In light of ongoing union slowdowns up and down the coast which have brought the ports almost to a standstill, PMA member companies finally have concluded that they will no longer continue to pay workers premium pay for diminished productivity.

“After three months of union slowdowns, it makes no sense to pay extra for less work,” said PMA spokesman Wade Gates, “especially if there is no end in sight to the union’s actions which needlessly brought West Coast ports to the brink of gridlock.”

Vessel operations are scheduled to resume Monday, February 9. Yard operations – that is, moving processed containers for truck and rail delivery to customers – will continue at terminal operators’ discretion, although the ILWU continues to limit operations by withholding the needed crane operators or operating slowly.

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