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Feb 14, 2015

U.S. West Coast ports closed to cargo vessels again for weekend

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Clogged ports along the U.S. West Coast were closed to cargo freighters for the third time in a week on Friday night, and shippers vowed to keep a partial shutdown in effect through Monday barring a settlement in labor talks with the dockworkers’ union.

The latest halt in loading and unloading of container ships at the 29 ports came as contract talks between union negotiators and management’s bargaining agent, the Pacific Maritime Association, appeared to reach a critical juncture.

Feb 13, 2015

West Coast ports briefly reopen to cargo vessel traffic

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Clogged ports along the West Coast reopened to cargo vessels on Friday after a daylong closure, but shippers planned to re-impose a partial shutdown through the holiday weekend barring a settlement in stalled labor talks with the dockworkers union.

The shipping companies and terminal operators planned to halt loading and unloading of container ships again starting Friday night and keep the suspension in place through Monday, the Presidents Day holiday, unless contract negotiators clinch a breakthrough deal.

Feb 13, 2015

Farmers hit hard by labor strife at West Coast ports

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Protracted labor strife and shipping disruptions at West Coast ports have hit farmers especially hard, posing a major barrier to perishable goods headed to overseas markets and resulting in losses estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars a week.

Foreign Pacific Rim customers facing chronic delays in shipments of U.S. food and farm products are turning to other countries for produce ranging from citrus and apples to beef and pork, the Washington-based Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) has reported.

Feb 13, 2015

U.S. farmers hit hard by labor strife at West Coast ports

LOS ANGELES, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Protracted labor strife and
shipping disruptions at U.S. West Coast ports have hit farmers
especially hard, posing a major barrier to perishable goods
headed to overseas markets and resulting in losses estimated at
hundreds of millions of dollars a week.

Foreign Pacific Rim customers facing chronic delays in
shipments of U.S. food and farm products are turning to other
countries for produce ranging from citrus and apples to beef and
pork, the Washington-based Agriculture Transportation Coalition
(AgTC) has reported.

Feb 12, 2015

U.S. West Coast ports undergo partial shutdown

LOS ANGELES, Feb 12 (Reuters) – The 29 ports on the U.S.
West Coast were effectively closed to cargo freighters for the
second time in less than a week on Thursday under a partial
shutdown imposed by shipping lines and terminal operators in an
escalating labor dispute with the dockworkers’ union.

The loading and unloading of cargo vessels was halted for 24
hours as of Thursday morning, and the companies said those
operations will be suspended – as they were last weekend – again
this coming Saturday, Sunday and Monday, unless a contract
settlement with the union is reached.

Feb 11, 2015

Shippers plan 4-day partial shutdown of U.S. West Coast ports

LOS ANGELES, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Shipping lines are planning
a partial four-day shutdown of U.S. West Coast ports starting on
Thursday, as labor talks between the companies and the union
representing 20,000 dockworkers stalled, the companies said on
Wednesday.

Loading and unloading of cargo vessels at the 29 ports will
be suspended again, as they were last weekend, on Thursday and
again on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the companies’ bargaining
agent, the Pacific Maritime Association, said in a statement.

Feb 10, 2015

U.S. West Coast port operations resume after partial shutdown

LOS ANGELES, Feb 9 (Reuters) – U.S. West Coast port
operations resumed in full on Monday after shipping companies
halted loading and unloading of freighters for the weekend,
citing chronic cargo backups that shippers and dockworkers have
blamed on each other during months of labor tensions.

But a planned resumption of federally mediated contract
talks was pushed back until Wednesday without explanation, even
as the White House joined retailers and manufacturers in urging
the sides to redouble efforts to settle a dispute that has
rippled through the U.S. commercial supply chain.

Feb 9, 2015

U.S. West Coast port operations resume with more labor talks scheduled

LOS ANGELES, Feb 9 (Reuters) – U.S. West Coast port
operations resumed in full on Monday after shipping companies
suspended loading and unloading of freighters for the weekend,
citing chronic cargo backups the shippers and dockworkers have
blamed on each other during months of labor tensions.

Reopening of the ports to cargo vessels idled by the
slowdowns and weekend suspension came as the shippers and
dockworkers’ union were scheduled to return to the bargaining
table for further labor negotiations later in the day, the two
sides said.

Feb 7, 2015

Measles outbreak spurs new action in California, New Mexico

By Steve Gorman

(Reuters) – Students at all 10 campuses of the University of California will be required to be screened for tuberculosis and vaccinated for measles, mumps, rubella and other diseases under a new health plan set to take effect in 2017, the university said on Friday.

Announcement of the policy change, which goes beyond the hepatitis B shots already required of all 233,000 UC students, comes amid measles outbreaks that have infected more than 100 people in California and over a dozen more in 19 other U.S. states and Mexico since December.

Feb 7, 2015

Shippers suspend weekend cargo loading at U.S. West Coast ports

LOS ANGELES, Feb 6 (Reuters) – The loading and unloading of
freighters will be suspended at all 29 U.S. West Coast ports
this weekend, shipping companies said on Friday, citing chronic
cargo backups that the shippers and dockworkers union have
blamed on each other during months of labor tensions.

But terminal yard, rail and gate operations at the ports,
handling nearly half of U.S. maritime trade and over 70 percent
of imports from Asia, will go on at the discretion of terminal
managers through Saturday and Sunday, the Pacific Maritime
Association said.

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      "Joining Reuters in 1994 as a member of the broadcast/online desk in Washington, Steve later moved to Los Angeles, where he spent 10 years covering the entertainment industry, and the past two years as a general news correspondent. Steve began his career at United Press International in Washington. He also spent three years on Capitol Hill as editor of a weekly news journal published by a congressional caucus, the Environmental and Energy Study Conference."
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