It's Time for Mediation, ILWU!

It is Time for Mediation, ILWU!

So the PMA did what shippers and retailers have been calling for since almost the start of negotiations: the PMA requested federal mediation.

Now every week has handed because the PMA requested for mediation, however the ILWU has not agreed to it.

I requested ILWU’s Native 54 PAC Chairman David Griffen, who graciously gave Common Cargo an interview a short time again, how the union felt about federal mediation.

Mr. Griffen stated, “I don’t know anybody who doesn’t need negotiations completed with an inexpensive deal. We’re all in the identical boat.”

Whereas there’s room for optimism in that reply, it didn’t precisely reply the query. I responded, “So which means most union members are for mediation?”

“No, not essentially,” Mr Griffen stated. “We don’t know sufficient of the place we’re to say: okay, let’s cut up the distinction.”

Now it is a twitter dialog, so possibly the restricted variety of characters is inflicting a misunderstanding; nevertheless, 7 months looks as if a very long time for the ILWU to not know the place they’re in negotiations.

The time has come for a federal mediator to hitch the desk and assist the ILWU and PMA to lastly come collectively on a contract.

Come on, ILWU, let an neutral third social gathering assist in the negotiations. They received’t simply sit down and say, “Okay, let’s cut up the distinction.”

Right here is the second press launch from the PMA requesting federal mediation:

PMA Renews Name for Federal Mediation in West Coast Longshore Negotiations

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Dec. 29, 2014) – The Pacific Maritime Affiliation (PMA), which represents employers at America’s 29 West Coast ports, as we speak launched the next assertion concerning its ongoing contract negotiations with the Worldwide Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU):

“The ILWU’s press launch as we speak underscores the necessity for federal mediation in these negotiations. Sadly, the characterization that the PMA and ILWU have solely a ‘few points’ left to resolve is inaccurate. Important points stay unresolved, together with wages, pensions, jurisdiction and work guidelines. Additional, the ILWU’s escalating rhetoric on congestion is nothing greater than a smokescreen for its slowdown actions.

“The one main coast-wide subject on which we’ve reached tentative settlement is the well being care plan – already one of the crucial beneficiant in America. Even with the tentative well being care settlement – recognized by the ILWU as its #1 precedence when negotiations started in Could – the Union has engaged in debilitating work slowdowns over the previous two months at terminals up and down the coast.

“The Union’s choice, for instance, to restrict the variety of yard crane operators in Southern California has exacerbated congestion points in Los Angeles and Lengthy Seashore. Within the Pacific Northwest, the ILWU slowdowns – which have decreased productiveness by as a lot as 60% –created a meltdown that has backed up cargo for weeks. Now the ILWU has stepped up slowdown exercise on the Port of Oakland, decreasing productiveness to 50% of regular. On account of ILWU slowdowns, crops are rotting, merchandise aren’t attending to clients, contracts are being canceled, native workers are getting furloughed and companies are diverting future shipments away from the West Coast.

“Had the Union agreed to increase the now-expired contract, we may have let an arbitrator rule on the slowdowns. However not having a contract extension is like taking part in a soccer recreation with out a referee. All of the whereas, the West Coast ports are dropping their aggressive edge in an surroundings that may solely turn into tougher with the opening of the expanded Panama Canal subsequent 12 months.

“PMA’s management is conscious about and anxious in regards to the ramifications of ILWU work actions on the West Coast’s aggressive standing. Our Board and Coast Committee members, who signify carriers and terminal operators, have been intimately concerned in these negotiations – beginning within the months main as much as the contract talks and within the seven months since talks started.

“The PMA management group has supplied a ‘no-takeaways’ proposal that features wage and pension will increase on high of the ILWU’s strong compensation package deal. The common full-time ILWU employee presently earns in extra of $147,000, and is eligible for a pension with a most annual good thing about almost $80,000 – and present proposals would improve these even additional. Moreover, PMA has supplied to extend the pay assure program that permits registered employees to keep up full-time earnings throughout instances of restricted work alternative.

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