A dispute between management and labor at West Coast ports touched the Port of San Diego Feb. 14-16. Two ships that reached their berths during the three-day weekend did not unload during that time, according to a port spokeswoman.
The reason for not unloading appears to be a lockout.
The ships were the Dole Ecuador, with containers full of bananas, and the Wisteria Ace, which was hauling automobiles, according to the Port of San Diego’s commercial vessel schedule, which is posted online.
Workers returned to the docks on Tuesday, Feb. 17, according to the port representative.
All of this is happening as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association negotiate a new contract. Several news sources said that Labor Secretary Thomas Perez would join negotiators on Feb. 17
The Pacific Maritime Association issued a press release talking about a “temporary suspension of vessel operations” over four days, including Lincoln’s Birthday on Feb. 12. The association, which represents business interests at the ports, did not use the word lockout.
In a video message issued Feb. 11, International Longshore and Warehouse Union President Robert McEllrath called the four-day plan to not employ workers “part of their tactics to divide us.”
The business association said workers have deliberately been slowing down on the job, and that it would not pay premium wages on weekends and holidays to workers who were working slowly. The union says the association is circulating lies.