By Alicia Diaz and Laura Curtis
June 4, 2023 (Bloomberg) — At least one terminal in the Port of Long Beach will close on Monday. This appears to be prolonging the disruptions that have been hitting several key port terminals on the US West Coast, as dockers and their employers engage in ongoing labor contract negotiations.
Total Terminals International (TTI) in the Port of Long Beach suspended operations Monday morning, according to a notice sent to Truckers and posted on his site.
The Pacific Maritime Association, which represents shipping companies and terminal operators, called that a West Coast longshoreman’s guild on Friday “effectively closed some terminals at every major container gate on the U.S. West Coast.”
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Chapter 13 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, a longshoreman’s guild on the U.S. west coast, said Friday cargo operations in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will continue, but that members in Southern California are committed to “serving their… to express displeasure.” the position of shipping companies and terminal operators.”
“All reports that the negotiations have failed are false,” International President Willie Adams said in one opinion. “We’re getting there, but it’s important to understand that dockers on the West Coast have kept the economy afloat during the pandemic and lost their lives in the process.”
The ILWU, which represents about 22,000 longshoremen on the US West Coast, has been negotiating a new employment contract with the PMI since May last year. The previous contract expired on July 1, 2022.
It is not clear whether all terminals affected by Friday’s measures will resume operations on Monday, although notices published on several websites indicate plans to open as usual.
Fenix Marine Services in the Port of Los Angeles is discontinued open monday Tomorrow, and the Oakland International Container Terminal says The truck gates open at 8am. TraPac in Los Angeles and Oakland also plans to open truck gates at 7 a.m.
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