January 6, 2015 — The U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) announced that it would assist in the resolution of the West Coast labor contract when it received a request for federal mediation from the ILWU. This follows the PMA’s request for the same in December.
December 16, 2014 — President Obama signed the FY 2015 omnibus spending bill which included suspension of the 34-hour restart required by motor carrier drivers since July 2013. The previous HOS rules allowing for a 168-hour restart will be in effect. The bill also provides $500 million in funding for the Transportation Infrastructure Grants and Economic Reinvestment (TIGER) program.
November 6, 2014 — IANA joined 110 other businesses and trade associations in urging the Obama administration to facilitate the resolution of labor negotiations at U.S. West Coast ports. The letter was initiated by a coalition led by the National Retail Federation and encouraged the involvement of a federal mediator and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) in the hopes of averting further disruptions at the ports. Read the letter here.