ILWU and PMA trade charges amid West Coast slow down

By Stas Margaronis, American Journal of Transportation

Craig Merilees, spokesman for the ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) told AJOT that allegations by the PMA (Pacific Maritime Association) that the union is engaged in a work slow down at West Coast ports is, in fact, the result of “frustration by workers with the long-standing contract and congestion problems.”

UAW readies for Big Three contract showdowns

By David Shepardson, The Detroit News

The new president of the United Auto Workers is moving to restructure the union as it gears up for one of its toughest challenges in years: next fall’s critical labor talks with U.S. automakers as it seeks pay raises for veteran workers and more equitable wages for newer workers.