Work slowdown in Seattle and Tacoma
In the course of labour agreement negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and their employers, Pacific coast dockworkers are said to have begun a work slowdown in the US ports of Seattle and Tacoma (both WA). It is the first major action since the work contract expired in July.
The slowdown reduced container movements from the usual 25 - 35 per hour to between ten and 18, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) said. The two ports handle an estimated 16% of containerized cargo on the US west coast, according to the association representing terminal operators and shipping lines.
Since last May, the 20,000 member-strong longshore union has been negotiating with the PMA about a new contract to replace the six-year pact that expired on 1 July.