Recent news reporting has covered disruptions at West Coast ports stemming from negotiations between the ILWU and the PMA.
On Friday June 2nd 2023, the ILWU staged “concerted and disruptive work actions that effectively shut down operations at some marine terminals at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach,” said the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), the group representing the terminals in the labor negotiations.
These disruptions have continued into today and have expanded to LA, Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle, Tacoma.
At this time, operations remain impacted at certain West Coast ports. Gates generally remain open at all ports though there have been some specific terminals closed during Monday’s first shift (TTI, Fenix). These terminals were anticipated to open for the second shift.
The ILWU has said that ocean carriers had record profits during the pandemic, while 43 longshoremen lost their lives to COVID. So they feel it is important for the carriers to recognize this and compensation should reflect this.
Customers are reminded to secure their cargo as soon as it becomes available.
Operations continue as normal at U.S. East Coast and Gulf ports.
We are closely following any developments and will continue to provide updates as the situation progresses.