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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:47 pm 
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http://anti-capital21stcentury.blogspot ... e-mer.html

So what impact will the "resizing" of the Panama Canal have on LA/Long Beach/Oakland/Seattle port volumes, and rail traffic?


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You read it on Anti-Capital first:

http://www.joc.com/port-news/longshoreman-labor/international-longshoremens-association/ila-automation-stance-signals-tough-labor-talks-ahead_20170105.html?utm_source=email&utm_medium=content&utm_campaign=BreakingNews&mgs1=7a8dozfBRq

"Productivity" will be the issue, or actually the excuse, for casualizing the work force.


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Rotterdam's fully automated terminal is the sword of Damocles hanging over New York, Charleston, Wilmington, etc.

Hack business press writers were quick to compare it to "the antiquated ports in America," like, say, the Port of Oakland:

https://priceonomics.com/why-arent-amer ... automated/

They pull no punches, laying the blame squarely on the shoulders of organized port labor (even after stipulating that the human-driven cranes in Oakland "are veritable money printing machines").

The company that was contracted to build the fully automated Maasvlakte II terminal says:

"APM Terminals’ fully automated container terminal, Maasvlakte II, is coming alive – with robots. The automation is one of the reasons why it will be one of the most productive terminals in the world, yet still emission neutral."

This is the first time climate change ideology has been used against dockworkers so far as I can tell.

The International Longshoremen's Association on the East and Gulf Coasts got hammered during the last contract negotiations when they nearly went on strike after Christmas 2012:

http://www.odysseylogistics.com/ila-usm ... otiations/

The shippers (United States Maritime Alliance/USMX) were chiseling on several vital issues at the same time and pushed them on the defensive.

It looks like this recent news signals a kind of line in the sand, because the situation for the dockworkers really hasn't changed since those 2012 negotiations and as the Anti-Capital article makes clear, the situation for the maritime industries has/is only getting worse.

They're going to have to fight, just like their counterparts throughout the industry around the world: and for the same reasons.


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