According to the latest information provided by the Port of Oakland, there are no protests observed in the maritime area. All the terminals are conducting full operations. There are moderate truck queues at the TraPac and OICT East and West terminal entrances, and minimal to no queues at the PAOH, Ben E. Nutter, and Howard terminals.
This week around 50 independent truckers from the Local 10 International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union (ILWU) blocked at least one entrance to the facility, claiming they’ve waited up to eight hours to pick up or deliver goods. A spokesperson from the Port of Oakland told Port Strategy: “Labor has claimed unsafe working conditions, and the arbitration process is underway.”
Four of the port’s five marine terminals were back in operation Monday afternoon after the Oakland Police Department forced the truckers to cease blocking access to the facilities.
The Oakland International Container Terminal operated by SSA Marine took longer to reopen Monday, however, because International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 charged that the truckers presented a health and safety risk at the OICT facility. Under the ILWU waterfront contract, dockworkers can refuse to cross picket lines if they feel conditions are unsafe.
The truckers returned to the harbor on Tuesday, but they were met by Oakland police and Alameda County Sheriff officers and access to most of the terminals was guaranteed. ILWU workers once again on Tuesday claimed a safety risk at the SSA facility. However, ILWU Local 10 and Local 34 officers convinced the workers to return to their jobs, and the OICT facility was reopened in mid-morning, Pacific Maritime Association President James McKenna said.
The ILWU has had a running feud with SSA since the terminal operator last month took over operations of two adjacent facilities. One of the other terminals that had been operated by APL Ltd. and its terminal affiliate had been hiring ILWU maintenance workers to handle its equipment. SSA, however, has a contract with the International Association of Machinists, so the M&R work at the former APL facility was turned over to the IAM.
As the Journal of Commerce reports, the port of Oakland has experienced ILWU work stoppages since early July when ILWU pensioners picketed the port one day to protest delays in processing medical claims. The ILWU dockworkers had also been slowing down operations at the OICT terminal over the M&R issue.
RCL Agencies will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated as new information becomes available.