Longshore and Shipping News
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CONGRESSWOMAN JANICE HAHN CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION OF PMA
February 25, 2014 Press Release:
Washington, DC—Today, at two separate Congressional hearings, Congresswoman Janice Hahn (CA-44) continued her steady advocacy for strong ports by calling for an investigation into recent activity by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and testifying in front of the House Budget Committee for increased port funding in the upcoming budget.
This morning, at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, Congresswoman Hahn urged Federal Maritime Chairman Mario Cordero to investigate actions by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) during recent labor contract negotiations at West Coast ports.
“I would like the Federal Maritime Commission to look into some of the unilateral actions by PMA in terms of not allowing workers to work evenings and weekends,” said Congresswoman Hahn. “I would like to see a full investigation so in five years during the next contract negotiations we don’t have that kind of lockdown at our West Coast ports.”
PMA curtailed nighttime, weekend and holiday shifts for the last several weeks of the negotiations, preventing dockworkers from working and causing a massive backlog of containers.
“PMA’s actions were inexcusable, and I worry that the damage they did will be irreversible,” said Congresswoman Hahn. “I think it is possible that the business our West Coast ports lost might never come back.”
ATTENTION MEMBERS WHO RECENTLY SWITCHED TO DAYS
Attention Local 63 Members:
Effective Immediately, any Night Clerks who switched to Days due to the recent reduction of work opportunities on Nights may return to Nights immediately without remaining on Days the Normal Required 30 days. This is a one time Exemption due to the recent Tentative Agreement between the ILWU & PMA and the return of work to Nights. This is Only for members that switched from Nights to Days during the Night Side work reduction. Any day members wishing to work nights must follow the normal Night Sign Up Rules spelled out in the Working & Dispatch Rules. If you have any question please contact the Business Office during normal business hours or call the Business Agent.
Click on above link to read ILWU-PMA release on the Coast Negotiating Committee reaching tentative agreement on a new coastwise Contract.
This Contract is subject to Caucus ratification and secret ballot approval of the Membership.
More information will be forthcoming.
LOCAL 63 HELPS FEED THE COMMUNITY
On November 25, 2014, Local 63 Officers and Members joined Locals 13, 94 and other ILWU locals and community members in their annual effort to help "feed the community" at Thanksgiving time. Thanksgiving baskets were assembled and distributed to needy families.
Click on link to see a few pictures from the event. Pictures include Local 63 Secretary Richard Finlay, Day Business Agent Maureen Gutierrez, members Mike Ponce and Chris Bradley, and Congresswomen Janice Hahn and Loretta Sanchez.
ILWU Local 63 is proud to be a part of this annual effort. Members and their families and friends are welcome to volunteer next year. We will keep you posted with details.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
REMINDER ON DISPATCH CHECK-IN TIMES
Reminder, if you work, the following are the earliest check-in times for Dispatch:
1st Shift -- 4:30 p.m.
2nd Shift - 2:30 a.m.
3rd Shift - 7:30 a.m.
*Exception, if you worked a vessel that finished, you can check-in when the ship is done.
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