According to Port of Long Beach officials, three out of six terminals were shut down Wednesday November 28th due to a labor dispute. Officials said that as of 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 28th, that the Long Beach Container Terminal at Pier F, International Transportation Service at Pier G and Total Terminals International at Pier T had ceased operations. The shutdown is caused by a strike labor action by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union- Local 63 Office Clerical Unit (OCU) . The union represents about 800 employees in the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.
The spokesman for Local 63 declared that the union members are not satisfied with the technology equipment being installed, that he said allows people from remote countries to access the system here and perform the work that the OCU has traditionally performed. However, the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Employees Association said that the employers have offered to provide a guarantee that no OCU workers will be laid off for the term of the new agreement as protection against outsourcing.
According to the Port of Long Beach officials, the Port is a third party to the proceedings and does not have specific influence on these labor matters.
As the port spokesman Daniel Yi said “We do not actually operate the terminals. so we are not party to the labor negotiations.”
RCL Agencies is monitoring any developments and will report updates as they become available.