ILWU contract negotiation

Will Strike or Lockout Cease Transport @ WC Ports? ILWU PMA Negotiation


The Worldwide Longshore and Warehouse Union’s (ILWU) contract expires subsequent week, however don’t anticipate negotiations between the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Affiliation (PMA) to be resolved by then.

The worry of many is that negotiations between the ILWU and PMA will get heated and slowdowns or stoppages will happen at West Coast ports. If stoppages or slowdowns do happen, it is going to be pricey not solely to shippers, however to the U.S. economic system as an entire.

The ILWU doesn’t like to present a lot floor. If points at Terminal 6 of the Port of Portland are any indication, the union shouldn’t be above creating slowdowns as a tactic to get its manner.

Slowdowns are unhealthy, however even worse is the potential of a strike. It appears inevitable that the ILWU must make some concessions to succeed in a brand new settlement with the PMA. The query to ponder is would the union quite strike than make the mandatory concessions to succeed in settlement.

How prepared and ready the PMA is to make concessions will, in fact, additionally come into play. It will not be unprecedented for the PMA to launch a lockout quite than give in to the calls for of the union.

Common Cargo Administration’s personal Kelly Liu despatched out an e-mail Friday outlining negotiation factors from either side:

What the ILWU Needs:

1. Upkeep of Advantages (MOB).

That is the more than likely situation to trigger a strike or lockout. Underneath Obamacare, beneficiant well being care plans like ILWU members get will incur a so-called “Cadillac tax” that may come to an annual quantity of $190 million to be paid to the US Treasury. PMA shouldn’t be able to tackle that hefty price and the ILWU likes its members paying nothing with regards to well being care.

2.       Pension profit will increase for all ILWU membership.

3.       Altering from a mixture of man-hours and tonnage to all tonnage on account of expertise and automation advances that may see man-hours lower as the premise for evaluation funds.

4.       Penalties of $5,000 to $100,000 per day for violations of jurisdiction to employers.

5.       A $5.50 per hour wage enhance in 12 months one and one other $5.50 per hour in 12 months two plus a flat across-the-board fundamental wage enhance of $2 per hour for all longshore and clerical members.

7.     Additional time starting at 6 minutes previous the eighth hour of labor for at least one hour.

8.       Including Might 1 as a paid, no work vacation.

9.      Two extra days of trip time for full-time clerks and longshore labor.

10.       Pay ensures of fifty hours per week for Class A everlasting members and 40 hours per week for Class B membership.

What the PMA Needs:

1.        Well being Care reform to forestall the ILWU well being care plans costing an extra $190 million in Obamacare “Cadillac tax”.

The e-mail didn’t point out shared or full accountability of this well being care price to the ILWU, but it surely appears clear that the PMA shouldn’t be ready to tackle this price all by itself.

2.       Arbitration reform with monetary penalties to be levied in opposition to the ILWU for non-compliance with arbitration awards issued in favor of the PMA. A $15,000 per hour penalty for failure to implement jurisdiction rulings.

3.       Maintain the road on automation and expertise contract language as beforehand negotiated.

The ILWU needs to renegotiate the automation and expertise concessions it beforehand made.

4.       No creep on union work jurisdiction at present held by the PMA, defending chassis restore jurisdiction amongst others.

5.       Begin a nine-hour work day as a substitute of the present 8-hour day.

The Oregonian pointed to the Related Press’ reporting of a examine by Martin Associates that “Between 2002 and final 12 months, the portion of delivery containers that got here into the U.S. by West Coast ports dropped from 50 p.c to 44 p.c… [and] Throughout that interval, imports to ports alongside the Gulf of Mexico and within the Northeast elevated,” supporting that the realities of competitors make it unrealistic for the ILWU to get all it needs out of negotiations.

The Oregonian says that’s a actuality the ILWU must face.

How do you assume PMA and ILWU negotiations will prove? Are we going again on strike watch?

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