September 8, 2016 |
ISSUE | PHILLY LABOR UNIONS Longshoremen geared up for a busier port Inquirer reporter Linda Loyd captured the excitement for all of us who work at the Port of Philadelphia regarding the long-awaited Panama Canal expansion that was recently completed ("Via canal to Philly," Aug. 29). With the canal expanded and reopened, and the Delaware River dredging project to a depth of 45 feet nearly complete, Philadelphia is attracting the interest of some of the world's largest cargo vessels.
December 30, 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 in 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.
December 21, 2012 |
The union representing 14,500 dockworkers in East and Gulf Coasts ports, including Philadelphia, and management for shipping lines and port employers are lurching toward a possible crippling strike next week. Negotiations between the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) and employers represented by the U.S. Marine Alliance broke off Tuesday. If the stalemate is not resolved, workers between Maine and Texas could walk off the job Dec. 30. The bargaining is for a new master contract governing containerized cargoes - commodities shipped in 20- or 40-foot containers.
December 13, 2011 |
OAKLAND, Calif. - Thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters blocked cargo trucks at some of the West Coast's busiest ports Monday. The protests stretched from San Diego to Anchorage, Alaska, brought work to a standstill in Oakland, Calif., and Longview, Wash., and led to the closure of a major marine terminal in Portland, Ore. Organizers declared victory and promised more demonstrations to come. "The truckers are still here, but there's nobody here to unload their stuff," protest organizer Boots Riley said.
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.
October 14, 2010 |
Placard-waving longshoremen urged the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority on Wednesday to hold to a strict Oct. 24 deadline for getting a cargo crane and the Del Monte Fresh Produce Co. ship deliveries moved back from Gloucester City to docks in South Philadelphia. Packer Avenue Marine Terminal operator Astro Holdings Inc. and its president, Thomas Holt Jr., have asked for a 120-day extension - from receipt of a Sept. 24 letter - to respond and work cooperatively with the PRPA "through whatever concerns and issues they may have," Holt said Wednesday.
September 30, 2010 |
Longshoremen on Wednesday announced an end to their work stoppage that idled ships for two days at the Port of New York and New Jersey and at Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia. "It is anticipated that as soon as the pickets leave, normal operations will resume," the International Longshoremen's Association said in an afternoon statement. The situation that precipitated the stoppage "has not been resolved," but ILA members were to return to work at 7 p.m. Wednesday, the New York Shipping Association said.
February 26, 2008 |
A longtime dockworker died in a Camden port accident early yesterday. Crane operator Krzystof A. Zarotynski, 57, was standing on a dock at the Beckett Street Terminal about 6 a.m. when the accident occurred, Joseph Balzano, executive director of the South Jersey Port Corp., said in a statement. Zarotynski was standing below the crane, said Jay Jones, deputy executive director of the Port Corp. It was a routine day, and crews were readying the crane with a container spreader, a device that allows them to unload 20- and 40-foot containers from ships.