ILWU/PMA Negotiation Update

ILWU/PMA Negotiation Update

On July 1, the current agreement between the ILWU and PMA will officially expire, and with that now being only a week away, there is concern that a new agreement has not yet been reached. However, on June 14, a joint statement was issued by the ILWU and PMA together, expressing the likelihood that a…

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Canadian Rail Strikes Causing Concern

Canadian Rail Strikes Causing Concern

On Saturday, June 19, 750 of Canadian National Railway Co. (CN)’s signals and communications workers—International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)—went on strike after negotiations failed. However, CN states that they have implemented an operational contingency plan and that rail operations will not be impacted. On the other hand, further strike actions could impact rail operations…

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Ocean Shipping Reform Act 2022 Passes Senate

Ocean Shipping Reform Act 2022 Passes Senate

UPDATE: 6/17/2022—The OSRA 22 bill was signed into law by President Biden June, 16, 2022. "Ultimately, the Senate version passed and will benefit shippers and transportation intermediaries alike," said Rich Roche, Senior Vice President. On June 14, the NCBFAA announced “The House of Representatives passed the Senate version (S.3580) of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act…

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ILWU Talks Resume – Contract Expires July 1

ILWU Talks Resume – Contract Expires July 1

Contract negotiations between the ILWU and employers resumed last week, following a ten-day period when talks had stopped in May. There has been no update with reason for the sudden pause in negotiations.  “While no immediate updates are available due to media blackout, the negotiation cycle could be following a familiar pattern from the past where…

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China Port COVID-19 Outbreak Update

China Port COVID-19 Outbreak Update

COVID-19 cases continue to spread throughout main cities in China, causing further concern about the affects to the supply chain. As the flow of goods remains challenging, anxieties are not limited to simply the status of ports and surrounding infrastructure, but also on the labor force and sourcing of raw materials that make production possible.…

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UPDATED: COVID-19 Disruptions in Major China Ports

UPDATED: COVID-19 Disruptions in Major China Ports

UPDATE: 3/28/2022—On Sunday evening, March 27, the city government in Shanghai ordered a split lockdown of two city sections in Shanghai. The first section of Pudong, which contains Shanghai-Pudong International Airport, will be shutdown from Monday, March 28 to Friday, April 1, for COVID-19 testing. Following this shutdown, the Puxi area (closer to central/downtown) will…

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UPDATED: CP Rail Lock-out Ends 3/22

UPDATED: CP Rail Lock-out Ends 3/22

UPDATE: 3/22/2022—Employees will return to work at noon on March 22, after an agreement was reached between CP Rail and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, which ended a two-day lock-out. UPDATE: 3/21/2022—There has been no resolution since CP Rail issued its 72-hour notice. Therefore, the lock-out officially began on Sunday, March 20. This may cause…

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