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LA/Long Beach Ports Disrupted

Union workers widen picketing; disrupting port operations.

November 29, 2012

After initiating a job action against APM Terminals on November 27th, the ILWU Local 63 Office Clerical Unit (OCU) expanded its strike to 13 other companies at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Though the OCU subsequently removed pickets at some of the companies; the OCU remains on strike at other terminals. Other ILWU union locals have honored the picket lines at the terminal facilities, effectively disrupting operations at both ports.

OOCL, one of the carriers that has been negotiating with the OCU for over two years since the expiration of the prior contract, said that the OCU removed pickets from its company. It issued a statement to customers saying, “We are disappointed at the OCU’s actions and want you to know that we have worked diligently throughout these protracted negotiations to avoid any disruption to operations and reach a fair labor contract, understanding that harmonious labor relations benefit the harbor community and shipping industry as a whole. As an industry, we are facing continuing challenges in this economy. Our company has negotiated in good faith with the OCU, and we hope it will reconsider, and accept our complete proposal for a fair and reasonable labor agreement.”

See also Port of LA Clerks Strike

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