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Dockworker strike in Brazil postponed

| Jun 10, 2014 11:17AM EDT

A nationwide dockworker strike planned to begin today in Brazil has been postponed, according to maritime service provider Inchcape Shipping Services.

Inchcape’s local Brazil office received notification from the Union of Shipping Companies that the stevedores’ strike, organized by the Union of Stevedores, has been postponed until June 27 at 10 a.m. local time, after the federal government agreed to discuss the workers’ list of demands.

The strike is expected to affect stevedore operations in all ports across Brazil for an indefinite period and is predicted to cause considerable delays with cargo operations unless a resolution can be reached with the Brazilian government, ISS said.

A source previously speculated that the stevedores would begin striking on June 10 to take advantage of the opportunity to attract worldwide attention, as the FIFA World Cup is set to begin two days later on June 12. With the strike now potentially set to begin June 27, the workers may still attract worldwide attention, as the games are scheduled to conclude on July 13. The source said the strike is likely not directly associated with the ongoing public demonstrations against the World Cup, but rather associated with general labor issues in Brazil.

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Dockworkers plan June 10 start to strike in Brazil

| Jun 06, 2014 1:55PM EDT        

A nationwide dockworker strike is planned to begin on June 10 in Brazil, according to maritime services provider Inchcape Shipping Services.

The strike, organized by the Union of Stevedores, is expected to affect stevedore operations in all ports across Brazil for an indefinite period and is predicted to cause considerable delays with cargo operations unless an early resolution can be reached with the Brazilian government, ISS said.

A source speculated that the stevedores will begin striking on June 10 to take advantage of the opportunity to attract worldwide attention, as the FIFA World Cup is set to begin two days later on June 12. The source said the strike is likely not directly associated with the ongoing public demonstrations against the World Cup, but rather associated with general labor issues in Brazil.

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Port operations resume as workers temporarily end strike

The three-day strike that paralyzed the port of Baltimore is over — for now.

Striking longshoremen agreed late Friday to resume working on the docks during a 90-day "cooling-off period" while negotiations continue on a new local contract.

Work on some ships had resumed earlier in the day after an arbitrator ordered them back on the job to load and unload container ships. Now that the union has voluntarily agreed to suspend the strike, its members also will resume work on the auto carriers so critical to the port, which has become the nation's No. 1 vehicle handler.

Observers saw the 90-day "cooling off period" as significant progress, though they noted that the two sides have not come to a fundamental agreement about several outstanding issues.

"We're unloading everything coming into the port of Baltimore," said Aaron Barnett, vice president of International Longshoremen's Association Local 333. "We've put all of our people back to work."

The 3-day-old strike had presented a significant challenge to East Coast shipping. At least one ship — the CCNI Antofagasta — sailed from Baltimore to Charleston, S.C., without unloading its cargo, even as other cargo ships waited. Automakers watched negotiations closely, wondering whether to implement contingency plans to divert vehicles to other ports.


Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-port-partially-reopened-20131018,0,3196467.story#ixzz2iMfBItIQ

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Longshoremen strike, shut down port operations

12:22 p.m. EDT, October 16, 2013

All cargo operations at the Port of Baltimore's public marine terminals ground to a halt Wednesday after a local longshoremen's union failed to ratify a contract agreement with port operators Tuesday night.

Crowds of International Longshoremen's Association Local 333 members stood outside entrances to Dundalk Marine Terminal holding signs saying, "No contract, no work," and "ILA Port of Baltimore on STRIKE!"

The port's 400-foot super post-Panamax cranes stood quiet and motionless in the distance at Seagirt Marine Terminal, where strikers also gathered. Only a few trucks passed through the normally busy gates.


Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-md-longshoremen-strike-20131016,0,248520.story#ixzz2hu9DVWkR

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Report: Global Air Freight Traffic Continues to Decline

JOC Staff | May 10, 2013 4:33PM EDT        

Global air freight traffic continues to exhibit “signs of weakness” with an overall year-over-year decline of 1 percent in March, according to the Airports Council International.

Every region posted decreases in the volume of monthly freight traffic except for the Middle East, which posted an 8.7 percent increase compared with March 2012, ACI said. Amid the international slowdown, Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, was able to attain a 14.7 percent gain. The top three freight hubs in the world, including Hong Kong; Memphis, Tenn.; and Shanghai, experienced declines of 2.2 percent, 1.4 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

“With the general downturn in business activity across major economies, the result is a systemic slowdown in the volume of goods shipped by air,” said Rafael Echevarne, ACI World’s economics director, in a written statement. “In essence, it is the international travel markets, especially in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, that are keeping the aviation sector afloat during these uncertain times.”

From:  http://www.joc.com/air-cargo/international-air-freight/airports-council-international/report-global-air-freight-traffic-continues-decline_20130510.html 

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Update on United States Maritime Alliance And International Longshoremen’s Association Labor Negotiations

NEWS RELEASE
FEDERAL MEDIATION AND CONCILIATION SERVICE
OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20427

Thursday, January 17, 2012 Contact: John Arnold
For Immediate Release Director of Public Affairs
Web site: www.fmcs.gov Phone: (202) 606-8100

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George H.
Cohen issued the following statement today on the labor negotiations between the United States
Maritime Alliance and the International Longshoremen’s Association:
“The United States Maritime Alliance and the International Longshoremen’s Association
conducted negotiations during the three day period January 15-17, 2013. In these negotiations
the parties made progress and have agreed that the negotiations will continue under our
auspices.”
“Due to the sensitivity of these negotiations, we will have no further comment at this time.”
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The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, created in 1947, is an independent U.S. government
agency whose mission is to preserve and promote labor-management peace and cooperation.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 10 district offices and 67 field offices, the agency provides
mediation and conflict resolution services to industry, government agencies and communities.

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Deal reached to avert port strike for now

Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:06pm EST

(Reuters) - A union representing dockworkers on the U.S. East Coast and an alliance of shippers have reached a labor agreement that will avert a strike that threatened to wreak havoc on the U.S. economy.

The International Longshoremen's Association (ILA), which represents 14,500 workers at 15 container ports in the eastern United States, and the U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX) of shippers, terminal operators and port authorities, have agreed to extend their current contract by 30 days to finalize details, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service said in a statement on Friday.

Both sides have agreed "in principle" on the contentious issue of royalty payments for shipping containers, payments to ILA workers based on the tons of container cargo that move through a port.

The statement on Friday was light on details of the actual agreement, and the USMX declined to comment further. The ILA could not be reached for comment.

Read more:  http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/28/us-usa-ports-deal-idUSBRE8BR0ET20121228   

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An East Coast Port Strike Could Cost America A Billion Dollars A Day

As talks between the International Longshoremen's Association and the U.S. Maritime Alliance take place in a shroud of secrecy to avert a strike by 14,500 longshoremen members working at 14 major East Coast ports on December 30, one manufacturing association puts the cost of a potential strike at a billion dollars a day.

Robyn Boerstling, director of transportation and infrastructure policy at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) says manufacturers have been making preparations to reduce the impact on supply chains and avoid disruptions to production capabilities in anticipation of a strike.

"Manufacturers are trying to protect jobs and minimize the damage of potential supply chain disruptions from a costly strike, which could cost an estimated billion dollars a day," she told CNBC.



Read more: http://www.cnbc.com/id/100342336#ixzz2GMLpdgIx

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Dockworkers Strike Threatens to Close East Coast Ports

Published: December 26, 2012  By

  

                                              Librado Romero/Reuters

Anyone who has seen “On the Waterfront” knows East Coast longshoremen can be a tough bunch.

The dockworkers are flexing their muscles again, threatening a strike beginning Sunday that would shut seaports from Massachusetts to Texas. It would be the first such coastwide strike since a two-month walkout in 1977 paralyzed the flow of tens of billions of dollars of imports — and the nation’s retailers and other businesses fear a painful replay if the 14,500 dockworkers make good on their threats.

“Unless something miraculous happens, I think we’re looking at a strike,” said Kevin M. Burke, president of the American Apparel and Footwear Association, which represents an industry that imports $72 billion in dresses, shoes and other goods each year through the East Coast and Gulf Coast ports facing a possible shutdown.        

Read more:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/27/business/dockworkers-strike-threatens-to-close-east-coast-ports.html   

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US East Coast Ports Strike Expected

Shipping & Shipbuilding News - 23 December 2012 It looks increasingly likely that the USA will be plunged into another dockers strike as the International Longshoremen's Association's disagreement with the United States Maritime Alliance (port employers'group) shows no sign of being resolved. The union had already posted a strike preparation notice on its website last week, detailing precisely how the strike would be conducted, including rules on cargo handling and picketing. The row principally centres over Container handling royalties. These have been in place since the early days of containerisation in the sixties and were an agreed recompense for the rationalisation and reduction in man-hours that containerised cargo brought with it. The longeshoremen's union is adamant that the royalties should stay in place. They have offered a solution, which is that if the employers wish to end the royalties scheme (worth $4.85 for each ton of containerised cargo) then the union said they can do so...provided the containers are 'stuffed and stripped' by ILA members at the warehouses. The ports that will be affected are on the East and Gulf Coasts of the USA.

Read more: http://www.shippingtimes.co.uk/item_10436.html

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