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West Coast Ports to Temporarily Suspend Weekend Vessel Operations

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The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) announced Friday that weekend vessel loading and unloading operations will be temporarily suspended this weekend. Yard, rail and gate activities will continue at the terminal operators’ discretion.

Due to ongoing union slowdowns along the coast, which have brought the ports close to a standstill, PMA member companies have decided they will no longer pay workers premium pay for declined productivity.

PMA spokesman Wade Gates said, “After three months of union slowdowns, it makes no sense to pay extra for less work, especially if there is no end in sight to the union’s actions which needlessly brought West Coast ports to the brink of gridlock.”

Regular operations are set to resume Monday, Feb. 9. Yard operations including, moving processed containers for truck and rail delivery to customers, will continue at terminal operators’ discretion, however, the International Longshore Warehouse Union is continuing to limit operations by withholding the needed crane operators or operating slowly.

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