China’s Coronavirus Crisis Pounds Coastal Resort City

Northeast China’s Dalian city documented 52 new coronavirus cases on Thursday — more than double the number of such infections detected a day earlier — prompting the coastal tourist hub and major port to “limit outbound travel, cut offline school classes, and close a few cultural venues,” Reuters reported Friday.

A health worker (C) in a protective suit takes a swab from a child to test for the Covid-1

Teamsters Crank Up Labor Strife at LA, Long Beach Ports

Despite a continuing backlog of freight following the nine months of bitter labor strife between the Pacific Maritime Association and members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union(ILWU), who settled their disputes two months ago, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters has started a

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

Greece Making Ends Meet by Becoming China’s Gateway to Europe

In what was received as a pleasant surprise by the European Union, Greece made its first 460 million euro payment to the IMF this week. The Mediterranean country continues to struggle with generating enough revenue to pay off their multi-billion-dollar debt, and one major international player looking to capitalize on their need for business is China.

AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis

Unions Talk Port Strike Win–but Lose Jobs to Automation

As West Coast union dockworkers celebrate a tentative agreement for a five-year contract featuring even higher wages and benefits than the current $1,200-per-day, shipping companies intend to introduce new mega-container-ships and port handling equipment that will help automate away many union jobs.

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

West Coast Dock Strike Settles–Just in Time for Oil Refinery Strike

With the West Coast ports labor dispute involving 13,600 unionized dockworkers inflicting pain on 318 million Americans by causing billions of dollars a day in losses to the U.S. economy settling yesterday, now 30,000 unionized refinery workers across America intend to play the same leverage game by cutting off two-thirds of all U.S. diesel and gasoline supplies.

California Oil Refinery (Paul Sakuma : Associated Press)