FRANCE-TRANSPORT-LABOUR

Revolting Trade Unions Just a Part Of Everyday French Life

Burning tyres, blockaded roads, diverted traffic, dumped farm produce and militant workers marching arm-in-arm through busy city streets. These are the images of French unionism in revolt seen around the world as strikers try and draw attention to their cause. This

Long Beach Port (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Port Strike Over, But Shipping Bottleneck Still Costing Jobs and Billions

Despite the February 21 settlement of a bitter labor dispute at West Coast ports between employers and members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), whose members command average wages and benefits of about $1,200 a day, the continuing bottleneck is still causing job and revenue losses across many US industries.

Long Beach Port (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

$1,200-per-Day Union Port Workers Want Employers to Pay Double-time

America’s best-paid union members caused another four day shut-down of the 29 West Coast ports that move 43% of U.S. imports and exports. About 80% of heavy crane operators have been calling in sick in an apparent scheme to delay port activity until the union can force employers to pay double-time for work on the four union contract holidays for “Lincoln’s Birthday” and “President’s Day.”

Long Beach Port (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Longshoreman’s Union to Strike 29 West Coast Ports

For the last four months, the International Longshoreman and Warehouse Union has been involved in a “work slow-down” to shake-down employers for higher wages. But with 29 West Coast ports handling 43.5% of U.S. containerized cargo shipments and the movement of 12.5% of America’s GDP, a looming strike could cost billions of dollars per day and severely injure the U.S. economy.