The Port of Oakland has shut its terminals as clerks represented by
International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) staged a walkout.
Longshoremen initiated labour action on 2 November, as one public advisory from Port of Oakland
noted: “Our terminals are reporting terminal interruptions this morning that
may lead to delays.”
reported that a spokesperson for ILWU denied the walkouts were an official
action of the union despite stalled negotiations with the Pacific
Maritime Association (PMA).
SFGate reported that the clerk walkout happened
because workers have not been paid on time, with 200 outstanding wage claims
dating back to June.
Sources at the
terminals described closed gates with piles of containers and trucks waiting to
“Our customers are expecting deliveries and we
can’t make those deliveries,” AB Trucking President Bill Aboudi said.
“It just snowballs.
Every day that we’re shut down is like five days of catch-up.”
Back in July, Some 450 Port of Oakland dockworkers
were unable to report to work as truckers protesting the Assembly Bill 5
(AB5) law blocked access to one of the port’s main terminals.
The Port of Oakland
has since released: “Protesters have cleared the seaport area and our
international marine terminals will try to reopen for tonight’s work shift.
The Ports of Los
Angeles and Long Beach have not reported terminal shutdowns.
Workers at the Port
of Oakland and other 28 ports across the US have been operating without a
contract since July.
recently, Port of Los Angeles Chief Executive,
Gene Seroka, said a deal might not be reached for months.