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Feds Step in to Break Impasse: ILWU and Employers Trade Blame for Port Congestion- Mediator to Keeps Talks Secret

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  • 1The Local Publication You Actually Read January 8 - 21, 2015

    ILWU and Employers Trade Blame for Port Congestion---Mediator to Keep Talks SecretBy Terelle JerricksManaging Editor

    n Jan. 5, the ILWU and Pacific Maritime Association agreed

    to enter mediation with a federal arbitrator to break the impasse thats stalled contract negotiations for the past month.

    The news elicited optimism from the ports and elected officials, prompting joint statements from the mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

    Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti released a statement said they were please that both sides agreed to mediation and noted that it was in everyones best interest to keep goods flowing and people working at our ports.

    15th District Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino in a released statement noted that it was critical that we avoid a deterioration in talks and arrive at an agreement as quickly as possible.

    Tensions between the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association ratcheted higher on New Years Eve when Pacific Maritime Association announced they were going to reduce the number work crews per ship, despite the existing bottleneck of ships waiting outside the ports to be

    unloaded.The presidents of Local 13, 63 and 94 released

    a joint statement blasting the body representing the terminal operators and carriers.

    The PMA called for an intervention by the federal government with a mediator to resolve the dispute.

    The locals and the PMA met on Jan. 2 to discuss the PMAs actions. The meeting drew state Sen.-elect Isadore Hall and Rep. Janice Hahn, to call for an end to the PMAs unilateral actions, contributing to port congestion.

    The PMA accused the union of being the cause of problem, at least in part, with work

    slowdowns since October, saying that the ILWU assertion about the lack of trailer chassis was a smokescreen for their slowdown activities.

    Regardless of whether the congestion is caused by the lack of trailer chassis to move the cargo containers or work slowdown by the ILWU, the port statistics are showing that fewer containers, inbound or outbound, were loaded in November 2014 compared to November 2013.

    At the Port of Los Angeles, the number of loaded inbound-containers decreased by 2.66 percent, while the number of loaded outbound containers decreased by almost 16 percent.

    At the Port of Long Beach, the number

    of loaded inbound-containers decreased by .9 percent, while the number of loaded outbound containers decreased by almost 14.5 percent.

    The Chassis Problem

    One of the most significant changes to have taken place in the past two years was the shipping lines divesting their own chassis, creating a market for third party leasing companies to pick the work.

    Repairing and maintaining trailer chassisessentially the wheels that are hooked on to cargo containers when they come off the ships. These

    Feds Step in to Break Impasse

    Impasse at Port/ to p. 6


    SPHS Teacher Karin Bruhnke Outstanding Teacher of America p. 2 Port Truckers: A Year of Epic Labor Struggle p. 3 Recapping Carsons 2014 Reality Show p. 5 National, Statewide Year In Review p. 7

    Rep. Janice Hahn, State Senator Isadore Hall, far right, Assemblymember Patrick ODonnell, and 7th District Long Beach City Councilman Roberto Uranga, left, displayed solidarity with the the union at the Jan. 2 ILWU press conference following the PMAs announcement of cuts to the night shift. Photo courtesy of Rep. Janice Hahns office.

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    and Events Committee is hosting a Munch and Learn workshop on the latest and best business practices. This months topic is marketing. The workshop will take place in the chambers Boardroom Gallery.Details: (310) 832-7272; www.sanpedrochamber.com, Venue: San Pedro Chamber of CommerceLocation: 390 W. 7th St., San Pedro

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    Isabela Mejia decided to take her mothers advice and follow her sisters footsteps when it was time to take advanced placement classes at San Pedro High School: Take Mrs. Bruhnkes AP Psychology class so she can do well in school.

    I enjoyed the way she taught, said Isabel Mejia,16. She bases it on how a real college class functions. She is one of the teachers who really cares about her students and wants to make a difference in their [lives].

    Its no surprise that her reputation follows her. Mrs. Karin Bruhnke has worked at the high school for almost 20 years, teaching advanced placement psychology, advanced placement world history, government, economics and honors world history courses.

    What keeps me going is the relationships with the kids, Bruhnke said. They trust you and they talk to you about things. They give back as much as I give in. Its a mutual admiration society.

    Bruhnkes efforts were recently recognized by the Carlston Family Foundation with the 2014 Outstanding Teachers of America Award. She is one of only five teachers who earned such honors this year and the only one in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Each winning teacher receives a $20,000 prize, including $15,000 for personal use, and a $5,000 grant for their school.

    The foundation received more than 75 nominations statewide this year, selecting 10 finalists. A minimum of five former students, the school principal and at least two colleagues were asked to explain about the teachers use of best practices and educational philosophy.

    So, part of what made really happy about it was that it was that it was the kids who took this upon themselves to do, Bruhnke said.

    Apparently, one of her former students got the idea and put it on their Facebook accounts and it got around amongst bunch of her other former students, who, in turn, wrote letters and applied online. The foundation interviewed the nominators and later interviewed and observed Bruhnkes classroom.