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Labor

By Jeff Berman · September 7, 2018
The largest union of maritime workers in North America, and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX), an alliance of container carriers, direct employers, and port associations serving United States-based East and Gulf Coasts, came to terms on a tentative agreement on new six-year contract, the parties announced yesterday that the new contract is now official.
By John D. Schulz · July 18, 2018
There will be no replay of a costly and damaging strike by UPS Teamsters of 20 years ago as the world’s largest small package company and its approximately 265,000 Teamsters have reached what UPS calls a “handshake agreement” on a five-year labor deal that could pave the way for Sunday deliveries. But the costly agreement – which bumps the typical hour wage of a small package driver to just over $40 and drives the per-mile long-haul driver’s rate to 84.4 cents a mile, well above the TL industry average of 55-to-65 cents a mile – can be expected to drive up shippers’ costs.
By John D. Schulz · June 22, 2018
Shippers fearing a replay of a costly and damaging strike by UPS Teamsters of 20 years ago can exhale. The world’s largest small package company and its approximately 265,000 Teamsters have reached what UPS calls a “handshake agreement” on a five-year labor deal that could pave the way for Sunday deliveries.
By Bridget McCrea · June 7, 2018
A tight labor market driven by the uptick in e-commerce, increased omni-channel distribution pressures, Baby Boomer attrition and the implementation of game-changing technology are pushing logistics management professionals to rethink the way they hire, train and retain valued employees.
By Jeff Berman · June 7, 2018
Port labor accord is back with yesterday’s news that the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), the largest union of maritime workers in North America, and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX), an alliance of container carriers, direct employers, and port associations serving United States-based East and Gulf Coasts, have come to a tentative agreement on new six-year contract.
By John Schulz · February 12, 2018
The Teamsters union, never without internal squabbles and internecine power players, is showing some internal rift in its opening weeks of negotiations with UPS, the union’s largest employer. With job preservation and security top of mind for the union, the Teamsters last month submitted an 83-page opening demand in its National Master contract that covers about 260,000 UPS employees. The five-year contract expires July 31.
By LM Staff · December 11, 2017
Labor accord on United States railroads has been reached, with the National Railway Labor Conference announcing today that U.S.-based major freight railroads have come to tentative agreements.
By Jeff Berman · October 10, 2017
UPS and the IBT are currently working on a five-year contract that is set to expire on July 31, 2018. The organizations have has contractual relationships going back to the 1930s.
By Patrick Burnson · May 15, 2017
The annual global poll commissioned by the 181 million-member International Trade Union Confederation shows that globalization is failing people.
By Patrick Burnson · February 27, 2017
While the National Retail Federation and other shipper associations are calling upon the U.S. Maritime Alliance and the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) to work together to avoid a one-day shutdown of East Coast and Gulf Coast ports this spring, some analysts suggest that the ILA is simply leveraging its position for future contract negotiations.
By Patrick Burnson · February 27, 2017
Shippers are concerned about a labor action at East Coast ports, but analysts contend that the unions are simply leveraging their positions for pending negotiations
By Tom Clark · February 21, 2017
The face of the U.S. workforce is changing. There’s high growth when it comes to temporary workers, contractors, independent consultants, and freelancers. New technologies, cost factors, and a whole new generation of young professionals wanting to work in a gig economy are fueling this growth.
By Patrick Burnson · February 2, 2017
In a new “manufacturing outlook” report focusing on the automotive and industrial sectors, AlixPartners observes that many of the labor-cost advantages associated with near-shoring may be lost if companies fail to spend more on automation in the future.
By Jeff Berman · November 14, 2016
Following the announcement to authorize a strike vote last month, union-represented aircraft mechanics and other workers for UPS made that initiative official today.
By Patrick Burnson · October 4, 2016
The human toll of Hanjin's financial catastrophe is much worse for the seafarers still held hostage by the company

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