Long Beach Workers to Protest March against Night Shift cuts at the city's ports

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In a bid to show their disconcern of work, hundreds of longshore workers plan to take to the streets on January 22 to protest their employers’ decision to suspend vessel unloading night shifts at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports.

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union are planning a community march down Harbor Boulevard in San Pedro to object to the Pacific Maritime Association’s move to not unload ships at night in order to move containers at congested terminal yards.

Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino to participate in the march

“The PMA’s action in further cutting night shifts at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is another step closer to a lockout,” Buscaino said. “It’s the wrong time to take the type of actions that will hurt the hard working residents that I represent. It will only serve to worsen the slowdown and congestion at the ports, disrupt the global supply chain, and result in irreparable damage to the reputation of our ports complex at a time when competition is peaking. I believe we are at a point where there may be no winners in the end.”

Since May, the ILWU and the PMA have been negotiating a new contract for the 20,000 West Coast dockworkers, including those at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports. Their last contract expired in July.

But a few months ago, talks devolved into accusations of slowdowns that further exacerbated ongoing congestion at the ports. A federal mediator recently stepped in to intervene in contract talks.

On Tuesday, PMA said it would susp… MORE

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