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by From ILWU website: Steve Stallone
Saturday, Sep. 28, 2002 at 3:37 PM
From the ILWU website.
KPCC also reported on this.
What does it mean? Are the ports closed?
For Immediate Release: September 27, 2002
Contact: Steve Stallone 415-775-0533 x114 or 510-390-4748
or Jeremy Prillwitz 415-286-0555
PMA rejects tech agreement,
Closes West Coast ports
To divert attention from its rejection of the ILWU's reasonable technology proposal, the PMA
announced today it will shut down all West Coast ports with false claims of union slowdowns.
The PMA walked out of negotiations this afternoon after its CEO Joseph Miniace launched into a
tirade, attacking the union as an institution and saying he doesn't want to deal with it anymore.
"Miniace showed the same disrespect for the union he has since the beginning of these talks," ILWU
International President James Spinosa said. "He is unilaterally taking the action of closing all ports
and bears full responsibility for its effects on the American economy."
The PMA implemented the lockout even though the union made expansive proposals for new
computer technology the employers have been saying for three years was their top priority. But PMA
refuses to guarantee that the remaining jobs and all the new jobs created by the new technology will
be ILWU jobs.
"PMA's slanderous allegations of slowdowns during the biggest speedup in ILWU history that
coincides with a record number of on-the-job deaths is literally adding insult to injury and making any
progress toward a contract more difficult," Spinosa said. "Still the ILWU is prepared to go back to
the table and seek a negotiated settlement."
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