Another temporary suspension of West Coast vessel operations
FEBRUARY 12, 2015
Yesterday, the PMA (Pacific Maritime Association) announced the temporary suspension of premium-pay weekend and holiday vessel operations. This impacts 29 West Coast ports on four of the next five days: Thursday, 2/12 (Lincoln’s Birthday); Saturday, 2/14; Sunday, 2/15; and Monday, 2/16 (Washington’s Birthday). The PMA indicated that yard, rail and gate operations would continue at terminal operators’ discretion.
In the PMA announcement, PMA spokesman Wade Gates said, “[The ILWU] continued slowdowns that will soon bring West Coast ports to gridlock. What they’re doing amounts to a strike with pay, and we will reduce the extent to which we pay premium rates for such a strike.”
The PMA suspended weekend vessel operations last weekend as well.
Additionally, the situation is catching the attention of national media, such as: NBC, CBS, ABC, and others.