Two key updates today in the west coast port labor relations 2014 negotiations.
1) An arbitrator has ruled that ILWU members at LA-Long Beach must return to work after refusing to cross picket lines set up by the Teamsters union at two terminals at the Port of Los Angeles, according to the Long Beach Press Telegram.
Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union had walked off their jobs about 9 a.m. today at Evergreen and APL terminals in the Port of Los Angeles.
Teamsters protesters were picketing in the harbor area. The Pacific Maritime Association immediately called in the jointly appointed PMA-ILWU arbitrator. The arbitrator determined that the picket was illegal under the waterfront contract, which was temporarily extended this week, and thus ordered the longshoremen back to work.
2) The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and U.S. West Coast waterfront employers yesterday agreed to take a 72-hour break from negotiations to allow the union to attend “an unrelated negotiation” in the Pacific Northwest.
During this break, starting at 8 a.m. on today Tuesday, July 8, through 8 a.m. on Friday, July 11, the parties have agreed to extend the previous six-year contract that expired last week. The PMA and ILWU are negotiating a new contract covering nearly 20,000 longshore workers at 29 West Coast ports.