ILWU Work Stoppage in USA

Please be advised that the port of Seattle and Tacoma are currently experiencing a longshore work stoppage as of today, September 8, 2011.  ILWU work stoppage in Tacoma and Seattle has resulted in all carrier terminal operations being shut down.  This action is affecting all carriers’ terminal operations.  Trucks are not delivering or picking up cargo at Port terminals.  No ships at the Ports are being impacted by this situation for now. 

The work stoppage is a result of a dispute at Export Grain Terminal in Longview, WA.  A wildcat strike shut down both ports after hundreds of longshore workers failed to show up for work Thursday. 

There has been no formal action called by officials at union headquarters or at the local level, said ILWU spokesman Craig Merrilees from union headquarters in San Francisco.  It is unclear how long this situation will continue.   

The impact on the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach is unclear at this point.  We will keep you posted of any further developments.

For further information and details please see below link:
http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Longshoremen-storm-Wash-port-over-labor-dispute-2160851.php

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