Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Los Angeles Port Strike

On the West Coast, negotiations over a new labor contract with the ILWU Local 63 Marine Clerks Office Clerical Unit (“OCU”) have been going on for over two and a half years.  Last week, the OCU declared an end to contract negotiations, indicating that they would likely initiate a work stoppage.

On November 27, 2012, OCU employed at APM Terminals walked out and put up pickets.  On November 28, the OCU widened their strike, walking out and putting up pickets at thirteen other companies in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. 

The ILWU longshore locals honored those pickets, effectively shutting down operations in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

An arbitrator ruled that the pickets were non bona fide and ordered ILWU back to work. As of today November 28, the ILWU has not complied with the order. As a result, the issue is being elevated to a Coast Wide Arbitrator.

We will continue to update on the situation.