September 30, 1986 |
Your ship may come in tomorrow, but don't look for it to be unloaded if a new labor contract is not worked out between the Philadelphia Marine Trade Association and five longshoremen unions. The contract with the five locals representing 2,500 Philadelphia dock workers expires at midnight tonight, and neither side appears optimistic about prospects for a settlement. "Right now, it does look like it will happen," Thomas P. Kelly, PMTA president, said yesterday afternoon. Kelly said talks broke down earlier this month and no new bargaining sessions are scheduled.
November 7, 1993 |
They're tired of being called pirates and getting blamed for the decline of Philadelphia ports. They're tired of what looks and feels to them like management greed and incompetence on the waterfront. But they're not all that interested in figuring out who did what, back when. Indeed, they're tired of finger-pointing, too. These aren't union bosses talking. They're just four rank-and-file guys sitting around a living room, drinking tea and coffee - and worrying. They're longshoremen, as their fathers were, and they're proud of it. They believe they do better work than their counterparts in other ports.
December 20, 1994 |
Thomas J. Holt's growing waterfront empire got even bigger yesterday when he took over the assets of Independent Pier Co., a stevedoring firm run by the Meyle family since 1876. The purchase extends Holt's marine-cargo operations to Northeast Philadelphia's Tioga Fruit Terminal. Holt, using Independent's former employees, unloaded the Chilean fruit vessel Chaiten there yesterday. Holt acquired Independent Pier's assets and contract with the Chilean Lines subsidiary that leases and operates the terminal.
April 15, 1994 |
Customs officials unlocked the doors of a rust-colored cargo container. Hundreds of pounds of coffee beans gushed out onto the docks. An overpowering stench filled the air. And what was left of the live cargo stumbled weakly out. The gaunt young stowaway fell into the arms of stunned longshoremen at the Tioga Marine Terminal. He was barely alive and his three companions were dead after a nine-day voyage from Colombia to the United States, locked inside a 20-foot long cargo container filled with coffee beans.
December 29, 2012 |
A strike that might have begun as early as this weekend at 14 ports on the East and Gulf Coasts has been averted for 30 days while negotiations continue. The union representing 14,500 dockworkers, including Philadelphia, and management for shipping lines and port employers agreed to extend their contract talks until late January, a federal mediator announced Friday. The International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) had been preparing for a possible strike at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, affecting ports between Maine and Texas.
March 26, 1990 |
More than 600 tattoo "artists" from around the world met this weekend at the Holiday Inn, 18th and Market streets, to discuss and show off their bodily works of expression at the 11th annual convention of the National Tattoo Association. "Up until about 12 years ago, a tattoo was taboo," said Philadelphia Eddie Funk, host of the convention. "People thought the only ones with tattoos were people in jail, motorcycle gangs, truck drivers, longshoremen and rugged seamen. Today, people with tattoos come from every walk of life.
March 16, 1989 |
Two card games in a dark, grimy, longshoremen's hiring hall in South Philadelphia was where the only money could be found for about a dozen dockworkers yesterday. Normally, they'd be making about $18-an-hour unloading cases of imported Chilean fruit. But those jobs came to a sudden halt Monday night, when the federal Food and Drug Administration impounded Chilean fruit following the discovery of two poisoned grapes. As a result, 110 dockworkers left the hiring hall at International Longshoremen's Association Local 1291 without work yesterday morning.
October 1, 1993 |
The longshoremen said yes . . . in a big way. By an 821-to-395 vote, members of the International Longshoreman's Association (ILA) yesterday agreed to pay and work-rule concessions the union leadership and port employers say are critical to saving ILA jobs and business at the Philadelphia port. The concessions were exactly the same as what were voted down by a 41-vote margin on Monday and Tuesday. But this time, not only did the amendments win by 426 votes, 109 more members participated in the election.
November 9, 2011 |
The sun shone brightly Tuesday on the M/V Freedom as longshoremen unloaded 258 pieces of military cargo, including 33 helicopters, returning from Afghanistan through the Port of Philadelphia and bound for Fort Drum, N.Y. The ship was the sixth since 2009 that stopped here before heading to, or returning from, Iraq and Afghanistan. "There will be other units redeploying through the port, especially as we draw down further in Afghanistan and Iraq," said Mitch Chandran, public affairs spokesman for the Department of the Army, who was at Packer Avenue Marine Terminal for the unloading.